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Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is the nonprofit organization created by President Reagan himself and specifically charged by him with continuing his legacy and sharing his principles - individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride. The Foundation is a non-partisan organization which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion and the award-winning Discovery Center, as well as the Reagan Institute, which carries out the Foundation’s work in Washington, D.C.  The Reagan Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President and his First Lady.

Position Available

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute is seeking a Director of Major Gifts.  Reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO), the Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic development plan to substantially increase major gift revenue from individuals.

Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to other duties that may be assigned in the future, the Director of Major Gifts will have the following responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the CDO, develop, implement, and manage on an ongoing basis a proactive and effective major gifts program including all activities relating to the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual major gift prospects.
  • Personally managing a significant portfolio (approximately 125-150) of major gifts prospects of $100,000 or more.
  • Assuming responsibility for reaching assigned fundraising and activity goals (during specific campaign periods both the dollar amount and number of gifts will be adjusted to obtain the fundraising goal established by the Board):
    • Raise $3-$5 million in the first year, with an emphasis on cash gifts
    • Close 15 major gifts annually, 3-4 per quarter
  • Maintaining appropriate donor tracking and activity monitoring systems to ensure that cultivation and solicitation strategies are successfully implemented and goals are met.
  • Developing a strategy and implementation program to expand significantly the prospect pool utilizing effective donor identification and acquisition techniques.
  • Participating in weekly prospect review meetings and brief CDO on prospect development
  • Regularly attending and participating in bi-weekly “all-staff” meetings.
  • Developing a strategy and implementation program to expand significantly the prospect pool utilizing effective donor identification and acquisition techniques.
  • Supporting events and other programs and activities of the Board, ED and CDO relating to the mission and activities of the Library and Foundation.
  • Developing and managing new strategies to identify, motivate and engage volunteers and volunteer groups.
  • Supporting the Board, ED and CDO in the ongoing implementation of the Foundation’s major gift campaigns.



  • Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts in a significant non-profit organization
  • Demonstrated leadership ability to create and nurture long-term relationships with major donors and prospects and to develop appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies for each individual
  • Ability to articulate the case for support and to interact with Board members, donors and prospects at the highest level
  • Ability and willingness to travel 20 percent of time
  • Bachelor’s degree required


Work Environment/Physical Demands

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Work will be performed in an office environment and the employee will be expected to travel.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full time exempt position, offering a salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits, including vacation, health/dental benefits, and the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan. 

How to Apply

Please send thoughtful cover letter, resume and salary history to:


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.