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Join our growing team! TAC is hiring for a Major Gifts Officer. See details below.

The American Conservative (TAC) is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to manage and grow a caseload of major donors. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this position will work closely with development and programs staff to execute fundraising strategy.


The American Conservative was founded in 2002 to advance a “Main Street” conservatism that opposes unchecked power in government and business, promotes the flourishing of families and communities through vibrant markets and free people, and embraces realism and restraint in foreign affairs based on America’s vital national interests.

In the twenty years since, TAC has grown beyond its origins as a for-profit print magazine (while still maintaining the magazine as a core program) and is now a growing, dynamic nonprofit organization. It pursues its mission through its print magazine, website, podcasts, conferences, events, and fellowship programs for young professionals.

The organization has evolved considerably in recent years, doubling its annual revenue since 2016. It is now a key player in the ongoing conversations on the political Right.


The Major Gifts Officer at TAC is a key position to drive the next phase of the organization’s growth. The Major Gifts Officer will work closely with the Executive Director to identify major donor prospects, coordinate fundraising strategy, and engage philanthropic partners of the organization. The Major Gifts Officer must have a proven track record of cultivating donors and soliciting five-figure-plus gifts, with direct experience in the conservative nonprofit space a plus. Additionally, the ideal candidate will reflect a desire to promote “Main Street” conservatism and a passion for the mission and vision of the organization.

This position is based out of the TAC office in Washington D.C., but remote work will be considered for exceptional candidates. The position requires significant travel (up to 50%). Salary and title are commensurate with experience, and the position includes a full, competitive benefits package.


The primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage and grow a caseload of 100-130 individual and foundation donors and prospects through personal visits, telephone calls, and correspondence in a way that communicates the importance and impact of TAC’s work.
  • Meet with an average of 8 donors/prospects each month or 96 per year. One to two weeks of travel per month is expected.
  • Send regular communications to donors in caseload, including thank you notes, updates on TAC’s work, personal greetings, and more, with the goal of cultivating and upgrading giving levels.
  • File and record all donor correspondence in Salesforce
  • Engage donors and prospects at events, follow up with them, and develop a cultivation and solicitation plan.
  • Help with any other back-office development tasks as needed, including help writing/editing proposals and direct mail letters.


The candidate will have 2-5 years experience in nonprofit fundraising, and a proven track record of soliciting major gifts and scaling organizational growth. He or she will also:

  • Have strong alignment with “Main Street” conservatism.
  • Be committed to advancing TAC’s mission and vision.
  • Be extremely well-organized, systematic, and resourceful.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in building and managing systems, communication platforms, and policies and procedures;
  • Able to establish trust and strong working relationships with philanthropic partners
  • Possess excellent communication and listening skills
  • Able to effectively communicate TAC’s mission and impact.


  • Interested candidates should email the following to executive director Emile Doak, edoak@theamericanconservative.com:
  • Cover letter that outlines your interest in the position and your alignment with the mission of The American Conservative
  • Resume
  • Two professional references