Resources for the Future (RFF), the leading independent research organization for economic policy solutions for a healthier environment seeks a Development Officer, Institutional Giving in our Washington, DC office. The Development Officer, Institutional Giving is responsible for strategizing, planning and coordinating fundraising initiatives in the institutional giving sector (foundation and corporate grant funding).
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 Development Officer, Institutional Giving, 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 Development Officer, Institutional Giving 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:
- Design and execute strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 100+ donors and prospects capable of making five- to seven-figure restricted gifts to directly support RFF’s work.
- Develop an understanding of RFF’s research and ability to articulate its impact; maintain an awareness of emerging research priorities in need of financial support; build and maintain relationships with Research staff to acquire necessary information about research projects to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects effectively.
- Directly manage and maintain institutional donor and prospect relationships, including conducting in-person meetings and phone calls, personally making requests for support, and drafting and submitting letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and other requests.
- Facilitate and coordinate staff engagement with institutional donors and prospects through briefings, talking points, scheduling, correspondence, and other follow up activities.
- Works collaboratively with RFF colleagues and members of the RFF board to create strategies to expand RFF’s pipeline of institutional support, including increasing funding support towards general operations.
- 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.