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Development Officer, Annual Giving - 24017

World Wildlife Fund Inc
United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 22, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Employment Type
Full Time


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Development Officer, Annual Giving

Major Function

Identifies, cultivates, and stewards high-value annual giving donors and prospects. Manages a portfolio of donors and prospects, including Leadership Partners ($10,000 to $25,000) and Partners in Conservation ($1,000 to $10,000) with capacity to significantly increase their annual support. Works toward achieving World Wildlife Fund’s fundraising objectives for the Annual Giving team, following Development department priorities and goals.


  • Takes responsibility for raising funds toward Annual Giving team goals. Working with the Director, develops and implements cultivation and stewardship strategies for high-value annual giving prospects and donors. Monitors performance against agreed upon objectives and goals. Executes work plan in accordance with Annual Giving team goals as well as individual goals.
  • Implements program of high-touch personal contact with high-value annual giving donors and prospects. Makes regular identification, cultivation, and stewardship contacts, with the goal of deepening their engagement and connection with WWF to lead to increases in their unrestricted annual support.
  • Works to identify suspects/prospects with major gift potential for hand-off to individual giving staff for further qualification. Prepares relevant materials for individual giving staff, and/or other development staff when appropriate.
  • Researches annual giving suspects/prospects/donors, develops cultivation strategies, writes, edits and coordinates personal correspondence.
  • Monitors donor relationships for high-value annual giving prospects and donors to ensure appropriate level of interaction. Monitors trends in giving and integrates findings into cultivation strategies. Keeps up to date on programmatic developments for application in cultivation strategies and donor relations.
  • Responds to inquiries from donors and prospects and follows up with appropriate cultivation and program information. Works collaboratively with Regional Philanthropy and Gift Planning teams to provide comprehensive engagement and giving opportunities for donor cultivation.
  • Assists Director and other development staff to support WWF engagement opportunities (i.e. events, travel, webinars, etc.) and projects as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. Knowledge of development practices and techniques is required. Position requires a minimum of four years of demonstrated success in fundraising, including the cultivation and solicitation of donors.
  • Demonstrates ability to professionally represent WWF to donors, members and the public.
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently and make significant contributions as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to changing situations and ability to balance competing demands and priorities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational ability, attention to detail, time-management skills, and ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of conservation issues is preferred.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

This is a hybrid position that would require you to work in either the Washington, DC or San Francisco office

WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #24017
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.


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