BrightFocus Foundation is a premier source of private research funding to defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.   Through investing in an ongoing research portfolio of approximately 200 projects, we are working toward cures for the medical conditions we all fear most: loss of mind and loss of sight.  Our public awareness efforts share the latest research findings and best practices with families impacted by these diseases.

Our talented, dedicated team brings together a wide range of talents and disciplines to advance our mission of ending diseases of mind and sight.  We hope you will consider joining us at BrightFocus.

Digital Director


The Digital Director is responsible for the management and execution of digital strategies to increase online visibility and engagement with BrightFocus. The Director should be a strong project manager to lead the execution of an integrated digital plan across the Foundation’s multiple digital platforms.   With guidance from the Vice President, Public Affairs, the Director supervises the work of digital team members who specialize in website, social media, and graphic design.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with Vice President, Public Affairs and other members of BrightFocus’ senior leadership team to develop, implement, and refine a long-term digital strategy that advances Foundation-wide priorities.
  • Lead day-to-day implementation of digital strategy, including supervising digital team members.
  • Manage all online platforms, including email, digital advertising, website and social media accounts.
  • Manage production, scheduling, and delivery of digital campaigns, integrating goals of diverse stakeholders and leading strategic decision-making for audience selection and segmentation.
  • Manage digital fundraising campaigns and processes, in coordination with Development team.
  • Track and interpret performance metrics for digital campaigns and properties to measure effectiveness.
  • Lead point of contact and manager for multiple vendors providing services and assistance on digital projects. Ensure that the work of agency partners is delivered on-time and on-budget.
  • Develop annual budgets for digital programs and closely monitor monthly billing.
  • Work closely with Public Affairs team members on generating content for digital use.
  • Develop and implement strategies to grow and strategically manage email lists to increase fundraising and engagement.
  • Create and implement overall strategy and planning to fundraising and engagement goals.
  • Stay abreast of and evaluate emerging technologies that the Foundation can use to connect with donors and supporters.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in digital communications, including email marketing, campaign planning, social media, and website content strategy.
  • Strong project management skills, with a proven ability to simultaneously lead multiple projects and integrate the goals of diverse stakeholders.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience supervising professional staff members.
  • Proven experience in effectively managing external vendors, budgets, and billing.
  • Strong experience managing the collection and analysis of key digital data, including preparing progress reports for organization’s leaders. Success in growing traffic to digital platforms and increasing conversions.
  • Track record of success in growing, segmenting, and strategically managing email lists.
  • Experience in growing digital audience through advertising campaigns, including Facebook ads and search engine marketing ads..
  • Strong working knowledge of compelling digital images and video.
  • Hands-on experience with Google Analytics and nonprofit eCRMs. Charity Engine experience a plus.
  • Ability and agility to lead and drive a comprehensive digital communication and outreach program based on priorities and data performance.
  • Proven ability to synthesize both short-and long-term planning.
  • Understanding of direct response marketing strategies and tactics, and their application in digital channels.


  • Capacity for solving problems and exhibiting grace under pressure.
  • A “team-first” approach that puts mission ahead of individual recognition.
  • Inspires confidence, enthusiasm, and trust from colleagues.
  • Unwavering integrity and the highest level of ethics.
  • Flexibility and good sense of humor.

Application Process

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirement to with “DIGITAL DIRECTOR” in the Subject line for consideration.
BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity.  In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Department: Development

Position Title:  Manager, Major Gifts

Reprorts to: Senior Vice President, Development

Position Description:

The Manager, Major Gifts is responsible for growing and then managing a major gift portfolio of 120-125 individuals in various stages of the donor giving cycle. The Manager understands how achievement of fundraising goals is a reflection of time and resource allocation, as well as the ability to build relationships with donors. 

The Manager, Major Gifts will participate as a member of the Development team assisting in developing strategic and integrated initiatives to advance the Development program within the overall strategic priorities of the Foundation.

Duites, Responsibilities, and Functions

  • Work closely with the Senior Vice President, Development and the other gift officers to create and implement an effective ‘Discovery’ process, leading to the qualification of approximately 100 individuals annually. 
  • Develop a major gift portfolio such that 6-8 personal visits a month are conducted.
  • Develop and implement cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for prospects in the portfolio.
  • Develop a major gift portfolio such that 15-20 lead annual gift and major gift solicitations are successfully closed annually. 
  • Follow-up on bequest leads generated by the Planned Giving and the Direct Mail programs. 
  • Complete call reports in a timely manner.
  • Work closely with the Senior Vice President for Development and other members of the Development team to design and implement effective communication instruments and an integrated communications plan.
  • Effectively solicit Annual Fund gifts for everyone in your portfolio.
  • Maintain accurate and timely expense records.
  • Keep the Senior Vice President informed of matters impacting the achievement of individual goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requisite Skills/Characteristics

  • Strong fundraising skills with a track record of securing gifts in the five-and six figure range from individuals. 
  • Confidence and skill to artfully ask prospective donors to make a financial contribution, exhibiting transparency with prospects about the purpose of cultivation visits, and believe that the fastest way to qualify a prospect is to solicit him or her for a gift.
  • Refrain from taking solicitation rejection personally.
  • Probe prospects by asking thoughtful, insightful generating questions about their goals and interests.
  • Possess a relatively deep repository of knowledge to inform donor discussions.
  • Read nonverbal cues, including body language and adapts approach to the prospect accordingly, while also changing tone, inflection, and vocabulary based on the background and experiences of a prospect.
  • Zero-in on relevant details to donor motivations and interest.
  • Explain complicated issues in a comprehensible fashion.
  • Work well with others, demonstrating respect and appreciation.  
  • Maintain a balanced, positive outlook, and demonstrate decorum in public.
  • Receive critique without getting defensive, and exhibits an appropriate sense of humor.
  • Manage time effectively by multi-tasking, setting, and meeting deadlines.
  • Proactive, ambitious, self-starter with a passion for outcomes, goals and competitive performance (professionally and organizationally).
  • Thrive in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • 5 years of individual experience in major gift fundraising and/or relational portfolio management.
  • Proven track record of cultivating and closing major gifts.
  • Familiarity with planned giving desirable.
  • Professional, polished demeanor that represents the high-quality standard of BrightFocus.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills.
  • Solid presentation skills and ability to speak in front of various audiences while representing BrightFocus.
  • Travel required.

How to Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to with “Manager, Major Gifts” in the Subject line for consideration.

BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) is at the forefront of brain and eye health by promoting awareness and driving innovative research worldwide to help eradicate diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. To learn more about BrightFocus, visit

BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.


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