Would you like to be part of a team of first-class, highly respected staff of scholars and researchers? Are you seeking to join a nonpartisan organization whose credibility is unparalleled in the Washington policy community, earned by decades of rigorous, independent, peer-reviewed research? Can you be an advocate for the importance of evidence-based decision making?
Resources for the Future (RFF), the leading independent research organization for economic policy solutions for a healthier environment seeks a Senior Development Officer in our Washington, DC office. RFF’s mission is to improve environmental and natural resource policymaking worldwide through objective social science research of the highest caliber. The Senior Development Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating and stewarding high-value donors and prospects.
As a Senior Development Officer, you will have an exciting opportunity to shape and deliver messages about a wide range of issues, from the economics of energy and the environment to climate mitigation and adaptation, and from fundamental natural resource topics like forests and fisheries management to land use planning, water quality, and protection of endangered species. The Senior Development Officer, reporting to the Director of Development, will develop successful fundraising relationships to help meet the overall $6.6 million fundraising goal.
What you’ll do:
Raise funds toward the Development Revenue goal. Design and implement strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit approximately 125 - 150 individual major donor donors and prospects. Monitors performance against agreed upon objectives and goals.
Directly manage and maintain donor and prospect relationships through regular high-touch personal contacts including in-person meetings, phone calls, and other communication techniques, with the goal of deepening the engagement and connection of RFF.
Work collaboratively with Development colleagues to expand RFFs donor pipeline. Identify prospects, upgrade lower and mid-level donors and create strategies to move prospects through appropriate phases of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Coordinate fundraising activities for a designated region, including: planning, implementation, and follow up for donor events.
Facilitate RFF staff engagement with donors and prospects through briefings, talking points, scheduling, correspondence, and follow up, including support for solicitations by RFF Executive staff.
Build and maintain relationships with Research and Communications staff to acquire the information needed to engage donors and prospects solicit gifts and steward relationships effectively; achieve and sustain fluency with regard to RFFs research more generally.
Participate in annual process to establish Development Team fundraising goals and operating plans and strategies.
Monitor philanthropic trends, as well as environmental, economic, political, and social issues relevant to donor attitudes and capacity to give.
Assist with special projects as assigned.
A Bachelor’s degree or relevant nonprofit external affairs experience.
Knowledge of development practices and techniques is required. Position requires a minimum of five years of demonstrated success in fundraising, including the cultivation and solicitation of donors. A passion for environmental issues and familiarity with economic principles is preferred.
Demonstrated success and effectiveness in identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding donors/prospects.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, engaging interpersonal skills, high energy, personal initiative and a sense of humor.
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously and ability to meet deadlines and goals with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated proficiency in Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office and experience with constituent relationship management (CRM) systems (i.e. Raisers Edge or similar).
Positive, helpful, and proactive demeanor.
Ability to travel; valid driver’s license is required.
Submit your application through our Career Page and upload PDF to include cover letter, resume and salary requirements.
Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries by phone.
Salary is competitive. Benefits include a collegial environment, 20 days annual leave, 13 days sick leave, 3 days family medical leave, 10 holidays, medical insurance, educational assistance, and commuter benefits.
RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonpartisan organization that conducts rigorous economic research and analysis to help leaders make better decisions and craft smarter policies about natural resources and the environment.
RFF was the first think tank devoted exclusively to natural resource and environmental issues and helped create the field of environmental and natural resourc...e economics. Since 1952, it has provided decisionmakers with the tools to improve the way policy choices are made, strengthening both the environment and the economy. Although RFF is located in Washington, DC, its research scope comprises programs in nations around the world.
RFF at a glance:
•Recognized as independent and nonpartisan
•Focused on the economics of environmental and natural resource policy
•Trusted by public, private, and nonprofit leaders
•Located in Washington, DC, only minutes away from the White House and Capitol Hill
•Committed to intellectual excellence and practical solutions
•Respected for providing nonproprietary, publicly available research
RFF’s mission is to improve environmental and natural resource policymaking worldwide through objective social science research of the highest caliber.
RFF envisions a world where environmental and economic decisions in the public and private sectors are made with a full understanding of the potential implications for present and future generations and the world in which they live.