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Development Coordinator for Foundation Relations

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 22, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Office Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) conducts science for solutions at the nexus of climate, people, and nature. We partner with leaders and communities for just meaningful impact to address the climate crisis.

Summary/Objective: Woodwell Climate Research Center seeks a Development Coordinator for Foundation Relations to be part of a growing, dynamic Development Team. Working closely with the Senior Director of Foundation Relations (SDFR) and Woodwell Climate’s Office of Development by supporting a variety of foundation and corporate fundraising work, including managing Raisers Edge, researching foundations, tracking of grant reports, and grant reporting. The ideal candidate will have Raisers Edge experience.

Essential Functions:

  • Support the SDFR and other philanthropic frontline fundraisers with researching foundations and individuals for various projects and initiatives at Woodwell Climate, across all program areas and other institutional priority areas.

  • Based on research and knowledge of projects, qualifying foundations and working with the SDFR to assist with developing a strategy for each.

  • Help prepare LOIs and concepts to foundations as requested.

  • Enter foundation information into RE, such as but not limited to: creating new records; entering proposals submitted and updating status; entering communication with foundations.

  • Record grant reporting schedules and send reminders to Woodwell Climate’s Scientists as directed by the SDFR.

  • Track interim and final reports that need to be submitted; following up to ensure they were sent.

  • Schedule, support, and record notes for meetings with PIs and teams for proposal development and activity tracking.

  • Maintain organizational files.

  • Assist with preparation and implementation for donor events.

  • Assist with department needs as approved by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, environmental or science degree a plus

  • 1+ years' experience working in fundraising or project organization (internship experience is applicable).

  • Ability to prioritize and manage several projects efficiently.

  • Professional written and interpersonal skills are essential when communicating cross-functionally, with donors, vendors, and team members.

  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.

  • Ability to handle large data sets with accuracy.

  • Tech savvy, proficient in MS Office, Raisers Edge, and Constant Contact.

  • Excellent attention to detail, conscientious work ethic.

  • Excellent ability to multitask, prioritize projects, and work efficiently and independently in a fast-paced environment.

  • Positive and proactive demeanor.

  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.

  • A desire to understand how administrative projects connect to broader philanthropic goals and strategy.

Physical Requirements:

In the office:

  • Ability to tolerate sustained periods of walking, standing, sitting

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

  • Ability to communicate

  • Ability to kneel, bend, and carry items

  • Ability to use phone and computers

  • Repetitive movements

  • Air, train, vehicle travel to attend meetings/event

Work Environment:

The functions of this role are conducted in an office environment.

Application review will begin ongoing.

Desired Start Date: January 2, 2024

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, the annual salary range is $50,000.00 - $55,000.00 dependent on qualifications/experience. Woodwell Climate offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts. Hybrid is possible, must be in the office at least 2-3 days a week, with additional days onsite when required.

Please visit Woodwell Climate's website to learn more about Woodwell Climate’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell Climate) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell Climate is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell Climate has 100+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell Climate is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell Climate is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell Climate


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell Climate) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell Climate does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell Climate acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.


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