Employment Opportunities


Truman is a nationwide membership of diverse leaders inspired to serve in the aftermath of 9/11 and committed to shaping and advocating for tough, smart national security solutions. We are united in the belief that America is strongest when we stand with our allies to lead, support, and defend a growing global community of free people and just societies.”

Our community includes more than 1,700 post-9/11 veterans, frontline civilians, policy experts, and political professionals who share a common vision of U.S. leadership abroad and hail from 16 Chapters and 47 different states across the nation. We believe that America is at its best when we use all the tools in our toolbox: Diplomacy, defense, development, and democracy promotion.

Together, Truman Center and Truman Project identify, train, and position leaders across America who share this worldview. We bring our members together with our partners and advisors to deliver concrete solutions to pressing global challenges for leaders at the local, state, and national levels, and we coordinate their action nationwide to shape the debate, fight for policy change, and support rising leaders who share our values.

Truman Center and Truman National Security Project seek a Major Gifts Officer to develop and implement a strategic plan to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual, donors at all giving levels. The Major Gifts Officer will maintain and cultivate relationships with current and prospective high net worth (HNW) individuals. S/he is responsible for identifying prospects, soliciting, upgrading contributions, pledge fulfillment, and donor appreciation. The Major Gifts Officer will also plan fundraising trips, arrange one-on-one meetings with individuals, organize fundraising events, and maintain donor communications and the database. This position also has a focus on current and emerging fundraising technologies including online giving campaigns, email solicitations, social media, and crowdfunding.

This position will report directly to the Development Director.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Development Director to develop, refine, and implement the major gifts plan including sources of revenue, anticipated cash flow, and strategies to identify, cultivate, and retain major donors;
  • Working with the Development Director and the Senior Leadership Team to execute the political fundraising strategy;
  • Prospecting and engaging HNW individuals to establish relationships that will result in new donations and renew past contributions;
  • Preparing call sheets, execute call time, and staff call time for Senior Leadership Team members as needed;
  • Overseeing moves management, reporting, and stewardship activities as related to portfolio of HNW individual donors and prospects;
  • Collaborating with development staff to plan cultivation events for HNW individuals, and taking the lead on facilitating said events;
  • Maintaining advanced knowledge and understanding of development techniques and fundraising best practices to interact capably with HNW individual donors.


  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required; Graduate degree in Communications, Nonprofit Management, or another relevant field preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in development with an emphasis on individuals and with proven success in securing five and six figure level gifts.
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment.
  • Sound judgment and ability to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential information regarding Truman business and sensitive donor information; high degree of self-motivation, personal discipline and integrity.
  • Demonstrated experience in researching and identifying major new funding prospects; progressive experience in successful development campaigns and programs.
  • Superior writing skills, with ability to quickly and professional prepare development materials (thank you notes, concept notes, proposals, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on a team in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment while juggling multiple priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Familiarity with political financial structures and compliance requirements a plus.
  • Working knowledge of CRM databases. Salesforce experience a plus.
  • Working knowledge of emerging digital fundraising methods and technologies.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel up to 40% of the time.
  • Commitment to the values, mission, and goals of Truman National Security Project;
  • The position is located in Washington, D.C

Start Date:



Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision and 401K.

To Apply:  

Send cover letter and resume, and three references to jobs@trumancnp.org. Please visit our websites:  www.trumanproject.org  and www.trumancenter.org before being in touch.  No phone calls.

Truman Center and Truman National Security Project are equal opportunity employers. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Scoville Fellow

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a salary for college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC, including the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute, on international peace and security issues for six to nine months. For further information, please visit www.scoville.org.