Resources for the Future (www.RFF.org) is a nonprofit research and public policy organization that focuses on a variety of natural resource and environmental issues. Established in 1952, the organization is committed to both scholarly excellence and catalyzing smarter policies that balance economic and environmental goals. Researchers at RFF address a wide range of issues including the economics of energy and the environment; climate mitigation and adaptation; forestry, biodiversity, water, and other resources; issues related to the environment and the economy of developing countries; and conceptual modeling and analysis of public policy pertaining to these topics.
RFF is currently recruiting for a Development Officer who would be responsible for responsible for contributing to RFFs individual and corporate major gift revenue stream to assist in meeting the institutions $6.7 million fundraising goal. The Development Officer is based in Washington, DC and is responsible for all fundraising activities for a targeted portfolio of donors and prospects within a designated geographic area. The position reports to the Interim Director of Development.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Design and implement strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit approximately 200-250 individual and corporate donors and prospects capable of making gifts of $5,000 and greater.
- Directly manage and maintain donor and prospect relationships, including conducting in-person meetings and calls, personally making direct requests for support, and drafting and submitting letters of inquiry, proposals, invoices, and other requests.
- Facilitate Executive and Research staff engagement with donors and prospects through briefings, talking points, scheduling, correspondence, and follow up; provide support for in-person solicitations by RFF Executive staff.
- Work collaboratively with Development colleagues to create strategies to expand RFFs donor pipeline and upgrade lower and mid-level donors; move donors through appropriate phases of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Coordinate fundraising activities for a designated geographic region, including: planning, implementation, and follow up for donor events; Executive and Research staff travel to the region; and backup on foundation relations activities in the region.
- Build and maintain relationships with Research and Communications staff to acquire the information needed to engage donors and prospects, solicit gifts, and steward donor relationships effectively; act as point person for the Development Team on a selected set of RFF research areas; and 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.
To be considered for this position, please visit www.rff.org and upload a PDF to include cover letter, resume and salary requirements.
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.