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The PKD Foundation is the only organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and to improving the lives of those it affects. Since 1982, we have proudly funded $50 million in PKD research and leveraged $1.5 billion in government funding, while serving our local communities across the country. We are inspired by our mission. And driven by our vision. Our vision is to #endPKD.

Our employment strategy

Achieving our vision to #endPKD requires great people. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our team and strive to provide a collaborative, creative atmosphere where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, planning, and culture. Our staff models our culture by demonstrating our core values:

  • Mission-centric: Respect the mission and those we serve.
  • Professionalism: Commit to the highest standards.
  • Authenticity: Communicate with candor and transparency
  • Teamwork: Advance the Foundation together.


We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation (commensurate with experience), in addition to a benefits package including:

  • Full medical benefits including healthcare, dental, and vision
  • Life insurance and disability insurance
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with 9.5% employer contribution, no match required
  • 11+ paid Holidays and 20 PTO days per year
  • Casual work environment

Physical demands

Unless stated otherwise, all positions require the following:

  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Use hands and arms, read, stoop, crouch, talk, hear, see objects clearly at 20 inches or less
  • Lift and move items weighing up to 20 pounds

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. EEO Employer/VETS/Disabled. Minorities are encouraged to apply. We thank all respondents for their interest in the PKD Foundation. These job descriptions are not intended to be all inclusive. PKD Foundation reserves the right to add, delete, or modify job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.    


Director of Leadership Gifts (Development)

Supervisor: Chief Advancement Officer


Working under the direction of the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Leadership Gifts (DLG) will manage a portfolio of approximately 150–200 major gift donors and prospects to include cultivation and stewardship activities, as well as the direct solicitation of major gifts. The successful candidate will live and work within the region their assigned and prospect major donors are located or in the Kansas City metro area. This is an Exempt position with no direct reports.


  1. Manage a portfolio of approximately 150–200 major gift donors and prospects.
  2. Cultivate relationships to solicit major gift, in-kind donations, and individual leadership gifts.
  3. Develop moves management strategies to move annual giving donors to leadership levels.
  4. Work with Advancement Coordinator to ensure timely and effective donor recognition and stewardship.
  5. Work with Advancement Coordinator and Business Intelligence Strategist to ensure timely and accurate database documentation, retrieval, analysis, and reporting of data related to all aspects of major giving and donor relations.
  6. Prepare weekly, monthly, and annual reports on major donor activity and plans.
  7. Partner with supervisor in establishing best practices and realistic and attainable financial goals.
  8. Operate within established guidelines and approved budget.
  9. Manage and document personal progress towards achieving deadlines, goals, and objectives related to the Advancement department.
  10. Identify and develop new prospects to reduce portfolio attrition and promote growth. Develop and implement strategies to re-engage donors whose giving has decreased or lapsed.
  11. Develop a thorough understanding of PKD (the disease) and the mission of the PKD Foundation and be prepared to fully convey with donors/prospects.
  12. Ensure excellent customer service is provided to donors/prospects through timely responsiveness, and quality in all interactions and personalized communications.
  13. Participate in training and professional development opportunities.

Ideal qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Business Administration, or other related field preferred.
  2. Minimum of 3–5 years of progressive development experience with a demonstrated focus on individual giving and a proven track record of cultivating, upgrading and closing major gifts.
  3. Highly effective interpersonal, conversational and presentation skills leading to developing and maintaining positive relationships with a broad spectrum of donors/prospects.
  4. Knowledge of the principles and practices associated with fundraising in the areas of personal solicitation, donor relations, direct mail, and special events.
  5. Self-starter with exceptional organizational skills and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines in a time-sensitive environment with attention to detail and accuracy.
  6. Ability to exercise judgement and appropriately handle confidential matters and information.
  7. Must possess a current and valid driver’s license; willingness and ability to travel as necessary for events, meetings, and donor visits.

To apply:

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to Please reference “DLG” in the subject line. We thank all respondents for their interest in the PKD Foundation.