Senior Development Officer, Foundations - 18034
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Development Officer, Foundations in our office in Washington, DC. In collaboration with Foundation Relations team, identifies, cultivates, solicits, and manages the stewardship of foundation donors and prospects, working toward achieving World Wildlife Fund’s annual foundation fundraising goal of $20M+.
- In close partnership with Foundation Relations and Program staff, takes responsibility for raising funds in relevant program areas, and develops fundraising and cultivation strategies for assigned prospects and donors. Implements and manages strategies toward the successful management of portfolio, and contributes to the development of departmental and high-level donor strategies.
- Makes regular cultivation and solicitation visits and calls to foundation prospects, including accompanying program staff. Coordinates preparation of research and briefing materials for own visits, or for executive, program, and/or other development staff.
- Monitors trends in giving and integrates findings into fundraising strategies. Meets regularly with assigned programs and keeps abreast of programmatic developments for application in fundraising strategies and donor relations. Advises program staff on cultivation strategies for foundation donors. Researches prospects, develops cultivation and solicitation strategies for assigned portfolio.
- Writes, edits and coordinates concept notes and proposals, ensuring compliance with foundation interests and guidelines and promoting coordination across programs, program operations, and other foundation relations and development staff. Coordinates with Program Operations to develop budgets and budget narratives to submit with concept notes and proposals.
- Coordinates stewardship for grants in assigned portfolio, working with Program and Program Operations staff to assist in the development of required reports and updates, including ensuring compliance with donor requirements and guidelines.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Education/Experience: A Bachelor's degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred. Knowledge of conservation/environmental issues is preferred. International experience preferred. Six years of proven success with foundation, corporate, or government cultivation and grant proposal writing required. Foundations experience is a plus. Experience with donor/CRM databases is a plus. Knowledge of another language is a plus.
- Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including writing and editing
- Excellent organizational ability, ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines
- Knowledge of standard development practices and techniques, donor cultivation, donor relationship management, proposal and report writing, and prospect research
- Ability to be adaptable, flexible and responsive
- Strong attention to detail
- Comfortable with complex budgets and logical frameworks
- Intercultural communication skills
- Collaborative team player
- Demonstrated interest in environmental policy, wildlife/wildlands conservation issues
- Experience with climate change donors a plus
- Commitment to the goals of World Wildlife Fund.
- The ability to travel up to 20% domestically and internationally
- Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #18034
- Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.
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Formed in 1961 by a group of concerned biologists, WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, supporting projects focused on saving wildlife species and their habitats. Now over 50 years old, WWF works in over 100 countries and is supported by more than 6 million members around the world—uniquely combining global reach, scientific innovation, and local action to meet the needs of people and nature.
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