Earth Species Project (ESP) is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to using AI to decode non-human communication. We believe
that unlocking non-human language will transform our relationship
with the rest of nature. Along the way, we are building solutions
that support real conservation impact today.
ESP partners with biologists and machine learning researchers at
leading universities and institutions around the world, and we are
honored to be supported by many forward-looking philanthropists and
groups, including the Internet Archive, TED Audacious 2020, and the
entrepreneur and author Reid Hoffman.
We are looking for a results-oriented Development
Manager passionate about using their energy and exceptional
fundraising skills to help secure the resources we need to
accelerate AI research and conservation and, ultimately, to shift
our relationship with the rest of nature.
PURPOSE OF ROLE
You will be responsible for working closely with our Director of
Development and External Affairs and our broader Leadership Team to
secure funding for our ongoing research efforts. You will maintain
strong relationships with our existing funders, build the team’s
capacity to secure and manage institutional funding opportunities,
and lead the development and maintenance of our fundraising
processes and systems.
ESP is currently funded by a relatively small group of committed
individual donors. You will play a key role in the following:
- Working closely with the Leadership team and board to expand
the donor base significantly through their networks of
- Effectively stewarding relationships with existing donors and
- Conducting prospect research to identify new potential major
gift donors and institutional funding relationships.
- Developing a suite of fundraising materials to support
effective asks, supporting correspondence, and taking an active
role in planning and participating in fundraising meetings.
- Managing the Hubspot CRM and fundraising database and leading
the development of effective fundraising processes and
- Leading the development of small in-person fundraising and
stewardship events and coordinating and managing those events and
- Working closely with the communications team to ensure that
ESP’s mission and programming are communicated effectively to
current and potential donors.
- Working closely with the program team and operations team to
develop institutional fundraising proposals, and to deliver
effective reporting to institutional funders.
We are a fully remote team. You can be located anywhere in the
world, but will ideally be willing to work at least partly on East
Coast U.S. working hours, with expectations to occasionally
participate in virtual meetings outside your typical time zone
working hours. Additionally, you must have the willingness to
travel internationally (<20%) for events and in-person team
You are a highly motivated and results-oriented fundraising
professional and a natural relationship builder. You are a quick
study with an inherent ability to absorb large amounts of new
material and seamlessly adapt your style to a wide range of
relationships. You will bring:
- Substantial fundraising experience in the nonprofit or
business/technology sectors, ideally with significant exposure to
the conservation and technology fields.
- A significant track record of securing six-figure donations
from high net worth individual donors.
- Experience in prospect research and donor stewardship and in
establishing and managing relationship management systems (CRMs) to
drive fundraising success.
- Proven ability to develop successful fundraising proposals and
deliver high-quality funder reporting.
- Experience in developing and implementing high-quality donor
stewardship and cultivation events.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with
proven ability to deliver timely and comprehensive proposals for
funding and to report on existing grants.
- Ability to network at a senior level.
- Highly organized, able to juggle multiple priorities and work
- A passion for the natural world, excited by the prospect of
using technology to decode non-human communication
- A skilled networker and relationship builder
- Good communicator, writer and listener
- Flexible, adaptable team player who enjoys collaboration and
working with others
- Openness to feedback, willingness to learn and curiosity
- Creativity in your approach to problem solving
- Competitive pay
- Medical insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance - ESP
covers 100% of the premium
- 401k plan with match (if based in the United States)
- $4,000 home office stipend
- Unlimited paid time off, with a recommended minimum of three
weeks per year
- Flexible working hours
- Collaborations with top biologists and conservation
institutions in the field of behavioral ecology
- Opportunity to observe and participate in data collection -
previous research includes bioacoustic and behavioral ecology
fieldwork in Alaska, Monterey Bay in California, and the Congo
- Biannual team retreats around the world
The Earth Species Project is a fully remote team. We have a
dynamic, flexible, and fun working environment with many
opportunities for learning and personal growth. We’re excited about
working with all kinds of human beings (and remain open to
applications by qualified non-primates).
We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of
race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression,
pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, national
origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, and criminal
history, consistent with legal requirements. We encourage folks of
all backgrounds and perspectives to apply.
If you require any accommodations, please email us
at firstname.lastname@example.org and
we’ll work with you to meet your accessibility needs.