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The Pacific Crest Trail Association, headquartered in Sacramento, California is dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

Associate Director of Major Gifts

This newly created position provides an exciting opportunity for a seasoned fundraising professional. Reporting to the Development Director, the Associate Director of Major Gifts will work closely with members of the senior management team to raise large gifts based on a vision-driven case for institutional support. A deep commitment to the mission of PCTA and conservation and environmental work is critical to the success of this individual, and tying donor philanthropy to the strategic objectives of PCTA always will be emphasized. He/She has direct responsibility for a portion of PCTA’s dollar goal and will work energetically with high-level prospects and donors. The Associate Director of Major Gifts will make at least 120 visits, 25 solicitations and close at least $500,000 in gifts annually. He/She will be responsible for strategically positioning the Executive Director and CEO for meetings and solicitations with an exclusive portfolio of top prospects and donors. This position will also be part of a team preparing for and executing an upcoming capital campaign.

The PCTA development team is collaborative, actively engaged in PCTA’s mission and vision, and enthusiastic.


A minimum of five years of progressively responsible major gift fundraising experience is required. Candidates must be comfortable with traveling and be able to accommodate a flexible work schedule, including considerable evening and weekend work.


An undergraduate degree is required.


PCTA offers a competitive pay and benefits plan.


Submit application by March 16, 2015.  Please e-mail resume, list of three references, a letter of interest detailing applicable qualifications, and salary history to [email protected] with the subject Associate Director of Major Gifts.  Additional information on this position and Pacific Crest Trail Association is available at A pre-employment background investigation will be required.


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Pacific Crest Trail Association is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

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