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Thank you for your interest in a career at the PKD Foundation!

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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.


Senior Director of Leadership Gifts

Supervisor: Chief Advancement Officer

Primary Function:
The Senior Director of Leadership Gifts (DLG) will collaborate with and report directly to the Chief Advancement Officer. This position will manage a portfolio of approximately 150 major gift donors and additional prospects to include cultivation and stewardship activities in the Northeast region. This is a supervisory position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Possess a thorough understanding of PKD (the disease) and the mission of the PKD Foundation and be prepared to fully convey with donors/prospects.
  • Manages a portfolio of approximately 150-200 major gift donors and prospects to include cultivation and stewardship activities.
  • Partners with supervisor in establishing best practices and realistic and attainable financial goals.
  • Travels within assigned geographic area establishing and maintaining excellent relations and providing written proposals to donors/prospects as needed.
  • Works independently without extensive administrative support, being able to simultaneously manage multiple donors/prospects and completes tasks both professionally and in a timely manner.
  • Meets regularly with the supervisor to discuss and refine portfolio plans and strategies, track progress, and maintain open lines of communication.
  • Works in close conjunction with other development staff to develop optimal integrated strategies regarding major gift procurement.
  • Keeps management apprised of all significant interactions, inputting contact information in Salsa CRM and consulting with department leadership when appropriate.
  • Identifies and develops new prospects to reduce portfolio attrition and promote growth.
  • Develops and implements strategies to re-engage donors whose giving has decreased or lapsed.
  • Becomes familiar with planned giving and is prepared to collaborate with the Director of Planned Giving in developing an appropriate strategy with those donors/prospects who exhibit planned gift capability.
  • Works with Chapter volunteers to make creative connections between and among constituents, events, programs and their associated circles.
  • Ensures excellent customer service is provided to donors/prospects through timely responsiveness and quality in all interactions and personalized communications.
  • Participates in recommended professional training and development opportunities as time and budget permit.
  • Supervises a team of regional leadership gift directors and support staff.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in fundraising, communications or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years of increasing experience in a major gift role with a proven track record of cultivating, upgrading and closing six-figure gifts.
  • Highly effective interpersonal, conversational and presentation skills leading to developing and maintaining positive relationships with a broad spectrum of donors/prospects.
  • Prior supervisory experience is required.

To Apply:
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending an email of intent to Please reference “Senior Director of Leadership Gifts” in the subject line.

Community Fundraising Specialist

Supervisor: Senior Director of Community Fundraising

Primary Function:

  • Manage Walk for PKD and fundraising events; implementing a strategy for revenue growth and acquisition goals for team captains, sponsors and events.
  • Manage a strategic volunteer coaching and fundraiser cultivation calendar to span all events, participants and sponsors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Retain, recruit and coach volunteer leaders to achieve participation and revenue goals for each assigned location.
  • Develop and distribute resources to facilitate volunteer performance.
  • Identify and assist local volunteer leadership in recruiting a committee.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with local volunteers.
  • Facilitate event logistics and assist with local promotion of assigned fundraising events.
  • Monitor and measure the fundraising progress of Team Captains. Analyze, review and report on trends, new acquisition and retention.
  • Utilize team captain resources to increase overall number of team captains per event and increase team fundraising.
  • Prospect and solicit new corporate sponsors while cultivating past sponsors
  • Identify new fundraising event opportunities.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all Volunteer Leadership staff.
  • Stay up-to-date in peer to peer fundraising and volunteer management.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in walk event management and peer to peer fundraising.


  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Organizational and project management skills required.
  • Proficiency in managing multiple projects at one time.

Technical Skills:

  • Knowledge of peer to peer fundraising platforms.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.


  • Travel as needed. Occasional after-hours volunteer training/coaching.

To Apply:
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending an email of intent to Please reference “Community Fundraising Specialist” in the subject line.