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Major Gift Officer

Company: Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center
Date Posted: February 2, 2018

  • Identify Major Donor ($10,000+) candidates with areas of philanthropic interests related to the mission of Ghost Ranch
  • Arrange introductory and subsequent meetings between potential donors and board members and/or Executive Director
  • Maintain relationships and communications with major donors of Ghost Ranch
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Managing Director and Development staff for the coordination of communications and data

About Ghost Ranch:


 Educational opportunities (250+ annual workshops and daily educational tours) are developed in the areas of spirituality and theology, environmental and land conservation issues, social justice, the arts, the sciences and outdoor adventure.


There are two museums on site and ongoing research on archeological sites and dinosaur fossil quarries; the dinosaur quarry is the top fossil site in the world for the Triassic period.


Workshops are developed for both adult education and youth education, as well as service corps for work on the Ranch and within the northern New Mexico community.


Group meetings (500+ annually), retreats, family reunions and weddings are held at the Ranch, as well as individual and family overnight stays, and many day visitors.


 Historically, Charles Lindberg, Robert Wood Johnson, many actors past and present from the myriad of films made at the Ranch and some on retreat, Robert Oppenheimer and other Los Alamos scientists, paleontologist Ed Colbert and scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ansel Adams and other artists, most notably Georgia O’Keeffe who lived and painted on the Ranch, have been a part of the Ghost Ranch family.


Community outreach, with over 60 local partnerships, includes STEM and museum education for New Mexico youth, community swim program and day camp, assistance to local schools, churches, health clinics and emergency services, and retreats for adults with cancer and for returning veterans.


Ghost Ranch is an education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a progressive Christian denomination welcoming to all, located on 21,000 acres in northern New Mexico. The Ranch currently has a $5.5 million annual operating budget and a $30 million campaign for infrastructure needs, the rebuild of the aqueduct from 2015 flood damage, new guest lodging, a solar farm and other capital improvements.



The Major Gift Officer will be a contracted position not required to live or work on the Ranch and will report at this time to the Executive Director of Ghost Ranch as the Fund Development Department is being strategically grown.


Please send proposals by March 1, 2018 to Kim Kelly, Human Resources Director, at