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Development Associate, Annual Fund

Rainforest Trust
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 17, 2024

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Position Title: Development Associate, Annual Fund 

Location: Remote (USA)

Salary: $50,000 - $60,000

Status: Full-time, salaried, exempt 

Reports to: Senior Director of Philanthropy



Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has been safeguarding imperiled tropical habitats and saving endangered species by establishing protected areas in partnership with local organizations and communities. With our partners, we have protected more than 45 million acres of vital habitat across Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Rainforest Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that relies upon the generous support of the public to successfully implement our important conservation action.



    Support the annual fundraising goal of the Philanthropy team by managing a portfolio of mid-level donors. Collaborate with the marketing team to develop communications and content for mid-level donors. Support the creation and implementation of a donor pipeline building process. Help manage constituent base using relevant technology. Pursue all of the above objectives in alignment with our core values.



    A demonstrated ability to solicit 4-5 figure gifts. You are someone who consistently prioritizes meeting portfolio goals. You have a high level of emotional intelligence and can build strong relationships with donors. You will also excel at interfacing and collaborating with peers internally in the Philanthropy team.  The ability to segment portfolios and produce targeted communications. You have strong writing skills and can write with a sense of urgency that compels a donor to give. 
    A deep knowledge of techniques and best practices in annual giving. You stay current with best practices in fundraising. You can handle donor data while respecting confidentiality. As a strategic and systems thinker, you can implement efficiencies and build out processes effortlessly.  A strong technical proficiency. You must be able to document in the donor management system/CRM. Working with the Donor Services Manager, you can create automations in the CRM. You have strong working competency with Google Suite and Microsoft 365.  A demonstrated commitment to and enthusiasm for Rainforest Trust’s mission and respect for our core values: Nature & People; Efficiency; Transparency; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Partnerships & Collaboration; Science & Innovation.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Additional duties and/or responsibilities may be required. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Working Conditions and Travel Requirements 

Rainforest Trust is a remote first organization and the incumbent will be expected to work primarily from home with an excellent internet connection, though part-time office space may be available in Warrenton, VA and/or Washington DC.


Occasional national and/or international travel may be required for organizational meetings and other events. 


Equal Opportunity Employer: 

Rainforest Trust values the diversity of our planet and environment and wants our team to reflect the richness of the global population we serve. We believe that striving to maintain a demographically diverse workforce where employees are treated equitably and feel a strong sense of inclusion is not only an ethical imperative but also a key driver of innovation and excellence, enhancing our ability to fulfill our mission of conserving and protecting our natural environment.  

We put this belief into action by striving to apply a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to every aspect of employment, from how we hire and recruit, to how we determine compensation and benefits, to the training and development we offer, and the working conditions we create. 

Research shows that while cis-men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized folks (especially groups that are underrepresented in the conservations field) tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single qualification, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit!

We are an equal-opportunity employer and give all qualified applicants consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. 

Physical requirements 

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by a teammate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Ability to remain in a stationary position at a computer terminal for an extended period. The person in this position frequently communicates with colleagues both verbally and in writing and must be able to exchange accurate, neat and thorough information. 

Anticipated Salary 

The salary range for this position is $50,000- $60,000 commensurate with experience. This base compensation range represents the anticipated low and high range of wages for this position. Actual salaries will vary and will be based on various factors, such as candidate's location, qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role. Information on other benefits may be found on our Careers Page.

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