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. The Senior Development Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating and stewarding high-value donors and prospects.
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 decisionmaking?
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.