Development Manager, Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition
District of Columbia, United States
$60,000.00 - $90,000.00
Closing date
Feb 15, 2023
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Development Manager


Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) is a non-profit communications and advocacy organization that collaborates with an expansive global alliance of organizations, businesses, and individuals to create a more just, equitable, regenerative world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts.

Plastic Pollution Coalition envisions a world free of plastic pollution, in which:

    Earth’s air, soil, and water are free of plastic pollution in all its forms and across the entire life cycle of plastic. The food, drinking water, and bodies of all creatures are free of plastic and its chemical compounds. BIPOC, rural, and low-income communities are no longer disproportionately harmed by the petrochemical industry. Individuals strive to embody zero waste values and engage with NGOs, businesses, and policymakers to advocate for systemic change. Human culture has shifted to be in balance with nature, where nothing is wasted and all of life and Earth’s resources are valued and protected. Businesses design goods to be package free or use packaging that is non-toxic and reusable or truly biodegradable and bio-benign. Corporations deliver their products using non-toxic refillable and reusable systems. Governments enforce regulations and legislation to support a circular economy. Fossil fuel industry dependence is diminished, and the global climate is protected.


Plastic Pollution Coalition educates and connects people and groups to advocate for a world free of plastic pollution.

We encourage you to learn about our current openings and meet our team. We look forward to receiving your application.


Plastic Pollution Coalition is Fiscally Sponsored by Earth Island Institute. All staff of Plastic Pollution Coalition are legally employees of Earth Island Institute. POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Development Manager will work closely with the CEO and Managing Director to broaden the depth of our corporate and foundation relationships while helping with major donor strategy and coordinating outreach. The Development Manager will also manage PPC’s Development & Events Coordinator who leads digital fundraising and event planning.  This includes helping to develop new fundraising strategies around events and digital fundraising. This includes learning an immersive understanding of PPC’s work and scope in order to cultivate new funding opportunities. They will manage the overall fund development activities of Plastic Pollution Coalition, coordinating and supporting senior staff in the solicitation of major gifts and foundation support, in addition to managing the digital fundraising outreach and online donation support. The successful candidate will help steward donor relationships and identify new prospects to help build Plastic Pollution Coalition’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.


Major & Individual Donor Cultivation & Retention (35%)

    Coordinate cultivation and stewardship of major donors. Manage a portfolio of major donor prospects (capable of giving $5K+ annually). Establish a leadership giving strategy that secures increasing revenue from principal gifts and major donors, friends, and foundations and corporate philanthropy.  Work closely with the PPC Leadership Team and the Executive Advisory Board to recruit new board members who are capable of making significant gifts. Work with Board, CEO, and Managing Director to develop stewardship and solicitation plans for all major institutional donors and develop pipeline strategies for new institutional prospects.  Research major donor prospects to determine their affinity for PPC’s work, their capacity to give, and connections to PPC staff and Board members. 

Institutional Philanthropy (35%)

    Oversee all philanthropic institutional relationships for the organization, including corporate partnerships, event sponsors, private foundations, and government funders.  Manage a portfolio of foundations and prospects (giving $5,000 - $100,000 or more annually). Ensure proposals and reports meet deadlines and stewardship plans are in place for all relationships.  Keep up to date with what the Programs & Communications teams are working on and draft proposal/report language that reflects the most recent communications about mission, programs, impact, etc. Identify new prospects through research and networking and develop deeper relationships within the foundation space to ensure continuous growth of the overall program.


Corporate Fundraising & Sponsorships (10%)

    Develop a corporate sponsorship program, in collaboration with the Coalition Program Manager and Managing Director, that results in audience expansion, donation, and gifts-in-kind. Create and manage all fundraising materials needed to raise contributed revenue including membership appeals and communications, grant proposals, decks and pitches, budgets and reports, and supplemental materials. Help manage contracts and scope of work with Business Members for collaborative projects. Collaborate with the Coalition Manager on planning and implementing a tiered paid Membership program.

Fundraising Events (10%)

    Collaborate with the Development & Events Coordinator and Executive Leadership team to ensure successful events by pitching in wherever necessary Ensure fundraising events meet net revenue goals and have strong return on investment by developing event budgets with an intentional focus on securing in-kind donations. Identify and seek sponsorships for events, working with the CEO, Managing Director, and Coalition Program Manager. Help identify new fundraising event ideas and assess viability.

Digital Fundraising (10%)

    Oversee the Development & Events Coordinator to ensure plans are ambitious and goals are being met. Analyze giving data to inform stewardship and growth strategies. Collaborate with Communications, Marketing and Technology staff on integrated fundraising campaigns to ensure strategies, messaging and goals are aligned.


The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.



    3-4 years of professional experience in non-profit and/or environmental fundraising  Demonstrated success managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources, expanding donor base over time, and cultivating existing donor relationships  Ability to work both independently and as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Plastic Pollution Coalition Proven ability to generate new opportunities and achieve entrepreneurial growth Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining attention to accuracy and detail CRM database software experience for tracking relationships with prospects and donors Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a friendly and collaborative demeanor Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
    Strong commitment to Plastic Pollution Coalition’s mission Flexible and adaptable style; strong ability to manage change, be nimble and flexible. A leader who can positively impact strategic fundraising initiatives Ability to construct, articulate and implement an annual strategic development plan Strong understanding of fundraising trends, and donor cultivation & stewardship strategies
SALARY & BENEFITS The salary range for this position is $60,000-90,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  PPC also offers a comprehensive benefits program, including employer-sponsored health insurance and paid time off including vacation, holidays, personal days, parental and sick leave. This is an exempt position. LOCATION

All staff of PPC work remotely, and this candidate may be based anywhere in the U.S. Preference is for greater Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, or other major metropolitan areas.



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