Institutional Giving Officer

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 630 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 that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.



Serve as an integral part of a small team within Institutional Giving, focused on cultivating and stewarding top-tier foundation relationships at the seven-figure level and above. Lead successful cultivation and solicitation of five- to six-figure gifts that provide significant base support for EDF to carry out its mission. 


The Development Officer will be an experienced development professional with the skills and drive needed to assist with all aspects of a comprehensive Development program. This position reports to the Director of Institutional Giving and is based in Washington, DC.




  • Contribute to team within IG that manages seven-eight figure grants from top EDF donor by leading development and execution of cultivation and stewardship processes and materials in partnership with the Director.

    Liaise with program staff to create compelling, well written materials including donor reports and proposals, and other correspondence.

  • With input from the Director, manage a small portfolio of donors in all phases of development. This includes developing and implementing creative and effective solicitation, cultivation and stewardship strategies.

  • Independently respond to donor inquiries with appropriate information. Considerable judgment and initiative are often exercised in dealing with donors and interpreting policy and procedures.

  • Have strong knowledge and keep abreast of EDF’s program work

  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships within the Development department and with all levels of EDF staff.

  • Utilize software and systems to track key metrics, prioritize activities and analyze portfolio status.

  • Serve as a key contributor of Development team and be responsible for achieving assigned financial, cultivation and stewardship goals.





  • Bachelor’s degree and at least four years work experience in Development or similar experience such as grants administration. 

  • Experience working in a non-profit institution of comparable complexity and scale is preferred.

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, flexible, collegial, goal-oriented and entrepreneurial environment.

  • Exceptional planning, organization, time management, analytical, and multi-tasking skills.

  • Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills.

  • The highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards.

  • Capacity to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people; adept at building relationships.

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Development Manager and donor tracking software (preferably Salesforce).

  • Commitment to the mission of Environmental Defense Fund.

  • Ability to travel as needed.

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.