Development Associate, African Wildlife Conservation

Big Life Foundation USA (Big Life) is a holistic conservation nonprofit with on-the-ground operations in East Africa. While initially founded to stop the rampant poaching of elephants in the Greater Amboseli ecosystem, it has since grown in scope to include predator protection programs, education initiatives, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, and habitat protection. Big Life was granted 501(c)(3) status in the US in 2010, and also has charitable status in the UK and Canada. Operations in Kenya have been ongoing for more than two decades, formerly as the Maasailand Preservation Trust.

Based in the US, reporting directly to the Director of Development and Partnerships and working in close collaboration with the Executive Team, the Development Associate fills a demanding position supporting Big Life’s comprehensive fundraising initiatives and growing annual revenue needs. This work will support Big Life’s expanding programs to protect East African wildlife and ecosystems.

The Development Associate may work remotely from anywhere within the United States, with preference for candidates located in the Portland-metro area (Oregon or Washington) or in Boulder/Denver, Colorado.


The Development Associate’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Directly manage a defined portfolio of existing funders and donor prospects, with an emphasis on managing and growing Big Life’s monthly membership program (Ranger Club).
  • Manage entire life cycle of current and new grants.
    • Produce written content including, but not limited to, grant proposals and reports to grant-making organizations, factsheets for programs and initiatives, as well as customized impact updates for existing and prospective foundation funders.
  • Engage with donors directly by phone, email, customized written materials, and social media.
    • Produce written content including, but not limited to, donor emails, donor thank-yous, and online fundraising-specific social media posts.
  • Coordinate donor stewardship to ensure that existing funders and priority prospects receive frequent high-quality information and opportunities to engage with Big Life.
  • Conduct prospect research.
    • Undertake detailed and organized research to support the identification of new potential donors, with a focus on foundation and corporate donors.
  • Support Big Life fundraising events.
    • Provide logistic and management support for US-based donor events.
    • Support the coordination of speaking tours for Kenya-based staff in the US.
  • Support donor reporting and Little Green Light (LGL) database management.
    • Generate custom LGL reports and donation pages as needed.
  • Manage special projects as requested by the Board of Directors and Fundraising Committee.
  • Other responsibilities as determined by the Director of Development and Partnerships.


The Development Associate is expected to be a proactive team player who has:

  • 3-5 years of relevant fundraising management work experience, with an emphasis on grant management experience. Experience with environmental nonprofits preferred.
  • Excellent writing abilities with strong organization and project management skills.
  • Exceptional follow-through and attention to detail, with the ability to track and maintain multiple critical priorities.
  • High level of professionalism and tact when dealing externally with Big Life donors and partners and internally with leadership staff and Board of Directors.
  • Ability to understand and translate program information into compelling prose for funders.
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and multitask without sacrificing the quality of the work.
  • Is based in the US and eligible to work in the US, with preference for candidates residing in the Portland-metro area (Oregon or Washington) or Boulder/Denver, Colorado.
  • Preference for candidates who are experienced and have demonstrated success in working remotely full-time, including but not limited to being self-motivated, taking initiative, resisting distractions, and managing time responsibly.
  • Adheres to the highest ethical standards of work and time efficiency.
  • Consistently works the hours necessary to meet the demands of the position and achieve deliverables.
  • Conveys a professional and positive image and attitude at all times.
  • Supports others within Big Life as needed, working as a team player.
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of and dedication to African wildlife conservation.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continued professional growth and development.

Submit application to by March 24, 2021.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.

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