Associate Vice President, Institutional Giving

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Overall Function


The Associate Vice President, Institutional Giving provides strategic guidance and leadership for EDF’s foundation fundraising program, including oversight and direction on major funder strategies/proposals/reports, internal and external relationships and communications, and operational processes. Reports to Vice President, Institutional Giving (VP-IG).




This position can be located in EDF’s Washington DC, New York, Boston, Austin, San Francisco, Raleigh, or Boulder office (with an option of geographic flexibility for the right candidate).
Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a senior leader on the Institutional Giving team, partnering closely with the VP-IG on all aspects of team management; thought partnership on strategic relationship management for top donors; and interfacing with EDF programs and departments to ensure smooth and timely information flow and working relationships.

  • Supervise and provide leadership to IG team, including but not limited to directors and senior foundation officers, particularly mentoring staff and helping build senior staff leadership and management skills.

  • Oversee and coordinate team-level operations, including responding to information requests from leadership and other EDF programs, ensuring processes are efficient, internal stakeholders’ needs are met, and information flows smoothly.

  • Evaluate IG team strategies, processes, output, communication, and performance on an ongoing basis, and identify improvements as needed.

  • Provide overall quality assurance across top solicitations, $1M+ proposals, reports and strategy documents, ensuring that deliverables are donor focused with compelling program strategy.

  • Provide final review of IG correspondence and other materials for select EDF leadership, including donor briefing materials.

  • Carry out special projects that add value for the department or the organization.

  • Manage donor relationships and board prospects (limited) as needed.

  • Participate in advancing EDF’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred; minimum of twelve years of development experience in one or more of the following areas: institutional giving, major gifts, government fundraising, or operational/business planning.

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, analytical, and people/project management skills. 

  • Ability to oversee and execute a complex set of projects with time-sensitive deliverables.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Ability to manage individuals and teams, inspiring strong performance and professional growth.

  • Demonstrate commitment to a high level of confidentiality, attention to detail, thoroughness and accuracy.

  • Solid computer skills, particularly with Word, Excel and donor database software packages. 

  • Knowledge of environmental issues a plus.

  • Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.