Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate
change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people
like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.
We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit
with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30
countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate
pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the
effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can
have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to
governments worldwide, and even in space.
Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF
an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a
difference. Won’t you join us?
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. This position can be
located in EDF’s Washington DC, New York, Boston, Austin, or
Boulder office (with an option of geographic flexibility for the
- Partner closely with program, finance, and executive staff to
raise six- to eight-figure gifts from foundations to support the
work and mission of EDF. This entails a range of strategic
cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities, including
but not limited to:
Developing and implementing plans to cultivate and solicit
Preparing high-quality proposals, reports, and other
donor-facing communications in collaboration with program staff and
Crafting strategic talking points and other materials for
program and executive staff to use in donor meetings.
Stewarding donor relationships and participating in funder
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.
- 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
- Effectively make a wide range of both independent and
collaborative decisions in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding
donors, using his/her best judgment and the input of program staff
and development leadership, where appropriate.
- Provide management oversight and mentoring to mid-level
officers and/or administrative staff, as needed, including
delegating and overseeing work, and providing guidance to ensure
smooth operations and high performance.
- Work effectively with staff across all departments throughout
all EDF offices.
- Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all
backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered
to address the environmental and organizational challenges in
alignment with EDF values.
- 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
Strong strategic thinking and planning skills.
- Experiencing working with program staff to help design and
coordinate development of complex, winning proposals and other
Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
Self-motivated with the ability to work both as a team player
Strong project management skills, including the ability to work
effectively across the organization and among
Outstanding interpersonal and listening skills.
Staff management experience preferred.
Interest in environmental issues, and demonstrated ability to
quickly develop a strong command of EDF’s issues and work.
- Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and
inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders
across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
- Strong computer literacy, including Word, Excel, and donor
- The ability to travel as needed.
We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive
salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities
consistent with a modern global organization.
The pay range for this role is 120,000 - 132,000
USD which takes into account factors such as
candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and
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.