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Development Officer

American Bird Conservancy
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 18, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
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American Bird Conservancy
Development Officer

Title: Development Officer
Supervisor: Vice President of Development
Location: Flexible; preference for Washington, DC; The Plains, VA; and/or Great Lakes Region

Position Summary:

This is a full-time position with American Bird Conservancy (ABC). American Bird Conservancy is a fast-growing, results-focused wildlife conservation non-profit seeking employees with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to make a difference for birds throughout the Americas. ABC takes on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

The ABC Development Officer serves as a lead fundraiser for discrete ABC programs. Development Officers at ABC are integral members of program teams, and, in addition to raising funds, provide input into project planning and implementation. This position would cover International and Marine Programs.

Primary Duties:

1. Lead and coordinate fundraising efforts to meet or exceed annual and long-term fundraising goals.
2. Identify and cultivate prospective donors.
3. Develop and submit well-written proposals and reports to a variety of funding sources, including private foundations, individual donors, and corporations.
4. Help develop and maintain program budgets in coordination with Grants Officers and the Finance Division.
5. Provide input into conservation planning and project implementation.
6. Develop and coordinate fundraising appointments, dinners, events, and field trips.
7. Keep Board members and major donors informed of ABC programs and needs through regular updates, online appeals, and special publications.
8. Maintain donor tracking systems and provide reminders to program staff of upcoming deadlines and donor-anticipated products.
9. Assist with projects as requested by President or Vice President of Development.


Position Requirements:

1. Excellent writing and oral communication skills; particularly grant-writing.
2. Strong leadership skills.
3. Strategic thinker.
4. Excellent organizational skills and successful experience managing complex activities.
5. Outgoing and flexible personality.
6. Entrepreneurial outlook.
7. Ability, willingness, and eagerness to contact donors and build relationships with a variety of funders.
8. Proficiency with computers and software, including Excel. Proficiency with CRM helpful.
9. Ability to work independently, efficiently and accurately, while maintaining deadlines.
10. Ability to work well as part of a team.
11. Ability to work with a wide range of people at all levels and a diversity of backgrounds.
12. Willingness to travel.
13. Willingness to work some nights and weekends.
14. Proficiency in graphic design a plus.
15. Proficiency in both online and direct mail fundraising a plus.
16. Ability to maintain confidentiality of donor information.
17. Must be authorized to work in the US.
18. Ability to speak and write in Spanish preferred.
19. Experience working with international partners and staff preferred.
20. Experience working in conservation considered a plus.
21. Bachelor’s degree and at least three years’ experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, or related work, or a combination of relevant education and experience.
22. Background screening required.


• Benefits include medical, medical flex, and 403(b) plan.
• Paid vacation days (15), holidays (10+), and sick leave.

To Apply:

Please apply online at Bamboo HR: 
If you have any difficulties uploading your resume and cover letter, then please send them as ONE document to

At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment for all of our employees.

As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.


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