Salary range of $80,000-$130,000, commensurate with
Option for Permanently Remote Position
Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) is an
innovative farmer-led non-profit advancing a voluntary stewardship
program that provides a reasonable return to farmers as part of a
national bipartisan climate policy. Our RIPE100 policy plan
enables farmers of all sizes & types to earn $100 per acre from
conservation practices that deliver public value through carbon
sequestration, soil health, water quality & other environmental
If you are excited to use your expertise as part of a small but
mighty team working to achieve ambitious national bipartisan policy
that supports farmers’ economic & environmental sustainability,
this is the opportunity for you. RIPE is seeking a skilled
development professional to lead the organization’s growth strategy
& implementation, with a focus on foundation relations.
The Development Director will work closely with the Executive
Director to build on significant success in fundraising &
program including strong relationships with some of the nation’s
largest foundations, to grow from a $1M to over $2.5 M
organization. The position will focus on foundation relations - by
expanding support to additional foundations in the climate,
agricultural, environmental, rural & regional foundations -
and will oversee consideration of other strategies such as
major donor cultivation.
Direct & implement RIPE’s
foundation management lifecycle, including: foundation prospecting,
pitch deck development, grant writing & reporting, & budget
Research, find, & recommend
funding opportunities, with a focus on foundations with programs in
climate, environment, or rural economic development. Develop &
implement a comprehensive foundation fundraising program which will
generate gifts from private sector foundations. Maintain a
fundraising pipeline, grant deadline calendar, & library of
up-to-date common grant attachments & finance &
Identify, cultivate, solicit, &
build relationships with foundation prospects &
Support Executive Director by
drafting strategic updates for slide decks & compelling
Creatively develop & propose new,
powerful ways to portray the importance of the mission.
Launch & manage donor
communications e-newsletter. Manage donor acknowledgements
& ongoing cultivation. Track individual donors & manage
donation acknowledgements, annual solicitations, & donor
Manage & prepare all formal grant
materials, including applications, progress & final reports
against received grants. Prepare & produce, in draft &
final form, grant proposals, letters of interest, & other
solicitations for funding.
Make recommendations on strategies,
policies, & procedures related to proposals.
Manage grant budgets with
confidentiality & integrity. Coordinate fundraising Board
reports. Collaborate with Director & Finance staff, as
necessary, to ensure timely grant submission & accurate grant
Skills, Abilities, &
Five or more years of successful
nonprofit experience in grant writing & fundraising with an
ability to demonstrate a trajectory of increasing successes
Experience with or willingness to
learn the nuances of the environmental foundation field - including
climate, ecosystem services, sustainable farming - to help
impeccable communications skills, including experience developing
graphically engaging pitch decks, including detail-oriented
Excellent relationship management
skills including interpersonal, written/verbal communication, &
collaboration skills; able to work effectively with people,
especially in a small team environment.
Excellent problem-solving &
analytical skills with attention to details & accuracy. Highly
organized with strong project management skills; able to balance
& prioritize multiple projects in order to meet deadlines.
Self-sufficient, independent, & eager to learn; able to perform
independently with minimal supervision while also staying in
regular communication with supervisor.
Motivated to work in a small,
evolving organization & be part of a multi-disciplinary
Strong research skills: able to both
develop a pipeline of funding opportunities as well as access
internal & external resources in support of performing the
Creative thinker who can draw upon
past successes while also generating new ideas.
Able to respond quickly & with
excellence to opportunities having short deadlines.
Priority will be given to applications received by
September 30th. We are seeking to fill this position
immediately & applications will be processed on a rolling basis
until the position is filled. To apply, please send your cover
letter, resume, & salary requirements to
Careers@RipeRoadmap.org. We respectfully request
no follow-up calls or emails. In your cover letter please describe
your experience & your interest in RIPE’s mission. Please
include “Development Role” in the subject line.
Salary range is $85,000 to $130,000 & depends on experience,
plus generous benefits. We provide a comprehensive compensation
package, including competitive salary, excellent medical &
dental benefits, retirement savings, & generous vacation &
sick leave policy. RIPE’s headquarters are in Washington, D.C.
Work can be done from there or remotely. Work is conducted in
Eastern time zone regardless of applicant’s home
Currently, RIPE is an independent operating project of the
nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally
recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative
initiatives that conserve & protect a sustainable &
resilient world (www.multiplier.org). RIPE has
filed for its independent 501c3 tax status with the IRS &
expects to be a stand-alone non-profit by mid-2022.
EEO STATEMENT: Multiplier & RIPE celebrate diversity &
are committed to building teams & partnerships that represent a
variety of backgrounds, perspectives, & skills. Multiplier
& RIPE are also committed to providing an environment of mutual
respect that is free from discrimination & harassment.
Multiplier & RIPE prohibit discrimination in its governance,
programs & activities on the basis of race, color, national
origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation,
gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal,
marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all
or part of an individual’s income is derived from public
assistance, or for any other non-merit-based factors.