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 that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, 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 the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.
This position can be based in any of our US offices including Austin, Bentonville, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, New York, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
The Senior Foundations Officer will lead the fundraising efforts for a select portfolio of foundation donors and prospects (six- to eight-figure gifts), as well as provide effective leadership to up-and-coming fundraising and administrative staff on the Institutional Giving team.
Department, Location and Reporting
This position is part of the Institutional Giving team within EDF’s Development Department. The Development Department raises 90% of EDF’s $200M budget annually; the Institutional Giving team is responsible for raising about half of the department’s revenue. This position reports to the Associate Vice President, Institutional Giving and will be located in one of EDF’s ten U.S. offices.
- Partner closely with program, finance and executive staff to raise and manage six- to eight-figure gifts from foundations to support the work and mission of EDF. This entails a range of strategic stewardship and cultivation activities, including but not limited to:
- Developing and implementing donor cultivation plans.
- Preparing high-quality proposals, reports, and other donor-facing communications in collaboration with program staff and grant writers.
- Crafting strategic talking points and other materials for program and executive staff to use in donor meetings.
- Developing relationships with foundation staff and participating in funder meetings.
- Ensuring accurate financial projections and donor information in our Salesforce database.
- Leveraging the resources of department-wide research and donor engagement (communications/events) teams, as appropriate.
- Provide management oversight and mentoring to mid-level officers and/or administrative staff, including delegating and overseeing work, and providing guidance to ensure smooth operations and high performance.
- Develop and maintain strong knowledge of EDF’s program work to effectively represent, through both written and oral communications, a wide array of regional, national, and global environmental programs to inspire donors to support EDF.
- Lead and/or facilitate frequent and ongoing internal communication within the development department, with program, finance and administrative staff, and at times, with the executive team to ensure coordinated engagement with donors across the organization.
- Effectively make a wide range of both independent and collaborative decisions in cultivating and stewarding donors, using his/her best judgment and the input of program staff and development leadership, where appropriate.
- Work effectively with staff across all departments throughout all EDF offices.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
- A minimum of eight years of demonstrated success and progressive responsibility in nonprofit fundraising, including a strong track record of securing large gifts (at least six figures) from foundations
- Experience managing staff.
- Strong strategic thinking and planning skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work both as a team player and independently.
- Strong project management skills, including the ability to work effectively across the organization and among geographically-dispersed colleagues.
- Outstanding interpersonal and listening skills.
- Interest in environmental issues, and demonstrated ability to quickly develop a strong command of EDF’s issues and work.
- Strong computer literacy, including Word, Excel, and donor management databases.
- The 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.Apply