Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gifts Manager’s primary responsibility is to build and grow a Major Donor Program for NOA. The Manager will expand the base of support from individual donors and significantly grow independent revenue from major donors. The Manager will work with the Director of Development to help create, implement, and execute initiatives with individuals including major gifts, planned, giving, special events, and developing a comprehensive stewardship process for NOA major donors and prospects.

The ideal candidate will have experience with major gifts, donor cultivation, and stewardship. The Manager will help the Director of Development lead the strategic planning process for NOA’s long-term financial stability. The position will require occasional travel to meet with donors and funders to attend events.

NOA staff are expected to work across diverse teams and workstyles, and help the organization design and administer systems that make workflow more efficient. The candidate should care deeply about NOA’s mission, have experience working in the progressive funding world, and enjoy strategy and systems.

The candidate should also have a familiarity with the history and current situation in Indian Country. Prior experience in working with tribal and Native communities and organizations is desirable.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Work with Director of Development to build Major Donor Program
  • Coordinate planning and execution of all development strategies related to cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors.
  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Development to cultivate and steward major donors
  • Lead and manage donor stewardship, acknowledgments, and correspondence (thank you letters, notes, calls)
  • Collaborate with NOA staff to produce donor newsletters specifically for major donors.
  • Plan donor cultivation and fundraising events
  • Help develop and manage the fundraising database; segmentation of donor data into individual donors, mid-level donors, and major donors
  • Provide accurate and timely activity reports and revenue forecasts


  • Have at least 5+ years of demonstrated successful fundraising experience with major gifts.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills, a high level of emotional intelligence, and an awareness of interpersonal dynamics to work with a diverse group of colleagues, building support and consensus around fundraising priorities.
  • Strong, compelling written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable developing and navigating budgets, familiar with basic nonprofit financial management and reporting practices.
  • A self-starter with the ability to multitask, establish, and rearrange priorities, and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with G-Suite, Microsoft Office suite, donor databases, and project management platforms.
  • Commitment to NOA’s mission – Possess a commitment to racial equity, fulfillment of treaty rights, social justice, and grassroots organizing. Be sensitive to the challenging dynamics of raising money for an organization fighting systemic racism in a capitalist system, and be comfortable navigating those dynamics.
  • Alignment with the values of indigeneity which recognizes the power of the circle, collective action, and respect for being in balance with the natural world that is guided by ancestral knowledge and responsibility to future generations.
  • Honor the idea of indigenizing organizational culture and ways of working within the staff and with all our relations. Show ability to work across multiple infrastructure and programmatic teams, with staff spread across the country.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing Indigenous communities.


  • You honor the idea of Native cultures and practices are the guiding principles of NOA’s organizational culture and ways of working within the staff and with all our relations.
  • Have a deep knowledge of the politics and issues impacting the tribal and Native communities.
  • Have a strong knowledge of intertribal Native history and culture.
  • Have knowledge of and commitment to progressive social change movements and grassroots organizing as the key to building political power.
  • Understand the decisive role tribal governments play in the movement for achieving sovereignty and systemic change in nation-to-nation relations with the federal government.
  • Experience in managing staff, contractors, and volunteers.
  • Can communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Familiar with work plans and able to participate in setting priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage your time efficiently.
  • Possess solid problem-solving skills and know how to give and receive feedback well.
  • A desire to grow and develop personally, and deepen our collective Indigenous frameworks. You want to learn from others in an exciting moment in Native history with an organization committed to movement-building for transformational change.


Salary: $70,000 – $80,000

Benefits: Include health, dental, and vision insurance; paid holiday time-off and a generous vacation and sick policy and contributions to retirement funds.

Location: Remote (minimal travel for staff gatherings, campaigns and events.)

Native Organizers Alliance is a fiscally sponsored project of the Alliance for a Just Society (501c3) and is an equal opportunity employer, and women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, nor any other basis protected under law. We embrace the full spectrum of humanity and the intersectional nature of our existence and imaginative energies. We embody diversity in our staff, board, the artists and partners we work with, and the audiences we attract.

All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants are asked to please email:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three references

Please email with the subject line “Your Name: Major Gifts Manager” to: Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.