The Jackson Laboratory

Diversity Giving Officer

Job Locations US-Remote
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(9/2/2020 11:45 AM)
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The Jackson Laboratory has a unique opportunity available as a Diversity Giving Officer within our Advancement Team!  The Diversity Giving Officer will develop annual and ongoing strategies to solicit philanthropic support from individuals capable of gifts of $100,000+ or more, in support of JAX priorities.  These priorities are relative to diversity initiatives in support of scientific research, education, and other special initiatives. Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, this external facing role will spend considerable time out of the office cultivating and soliciting donors and principal gift prospects, often in collaboration with senior leadership and scientists.  


The ideal candidate is a creative, focused, achievement-oriented individual who thrives in an entrepreneurial and team-oriented environment. They are detail-oriented, have experience working with high impact individuals, and can successfully manage multiple priorities and donor relationships simultaneously.


  • Actively manage a portfolio of approximately 75-100 prospects with specific cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies, involving JAX CEO, senior management team and faculty members for each assigned prospect. Strategically plan and execute frequent travel to establish, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects. Build a pipeline of solicitations submitting at least 30 proposals each year, and securing at least $5M in new commitments annually. 
  • Participate as necessary in advancement events. Implement timely and effective follow-up and follow-through for all levels of engagement including donor meetings, event attendance, campus visits, etc.
  • Coordinate with leadership and internal constituents at JAX to assess and provide expertise in formulating and implementing strategies for securing philanthropic support for the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion.


  • Bachelor's Degree required.  Advanced Degree is preferred.
  • Three to five (3-5) years of experience in fundraising, preferably at an academic, medical, healthcare, or research institution, with substantial direct experience soliciting, closing, and stewarding major or principal gifts.
  • Excellent initiative and organizational skills to prioritize complex tasks, projects, and workflow, strong independent judgment regarding best use of time.
  • Proactively build strong working relationships with JAX faculty and senior leaders.
  • Proven interpersonal skills that build confidence and trust with sophisticated donors, trustees, executive leadership and colleagues.
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and adept at working with considerable independence in the context of a team environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, negotiating, organizational, analytical and fundraising skills, including the ability to interpret financial information and manage data.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in writing, by phone and in person.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge software is desirable.
  • Must be able to travel frequently as the role requires.


About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views, and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.

JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!


Our Values:

INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right

PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all

ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science

EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results

INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us


What do we have to offer?

JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, an onsite full service cafeteria, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.

Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.


Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, credit check, and an appropriate non-compete agreement.

The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

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