Resources for the Future (RFF), the leading independent research organization for economic policy solutions for a healthier environment seeks a Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer in our Washington, DC office. The Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer is responsible for strategizing, planning and coordinating fundraising initiatives in the foundation and corporate giving sector.
Would you like to be part of a team of first-class, highly respected staff of scholars and researchers? Are you seeking to join a nonpartisan organization whose credibility is unparalleled in the Washington policy community, earned by decades of rigorous, independent, peer-reviewed research? Can you be an advocate for the importance of evidence-based decisionmaking?
As a Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer, you will have an exciting opportunity to shape and deliver messages about a wide range of issues, from the economics of energy and the environment to climate mitigation and adaptation, and from fundamental natural resource topics like forests and fisheries management to land use planning, water quality, and protection of endangered species. The Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer reporting to the Director of Development, will develop successful fundraising relationships to help meet the overall $6.6 million fundraising goal.
What you’ll do:
Design and execute strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of donors and prospects capable of making five- to seven-figure restricted gifts to directly support RFF’s work.
Develop an understanding of RFF’s research and ability to articulate its impact; maintain an awareness of emerging research priorities in need of financial support; build and maintain relationships with Research staff to acquire necessary information about research projects to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects effectively.
Directly manage and maintain institutional donor and prospect relationships, including conducting in-person meetings and phone calls, personally making requests for support, and drafting and submitting letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and other requests.
Facilitate and coordinate staff engagement with institutional donors and prospects through briefings, talking points, scheduling, correspondence, and other follow up activities.
Works collaboratively with RFF colleagues and members of the RFF board to create strategies to expand RFF’s pipeline of institutional support, including increasing funding support towards general operations.
Build and maintain relationships with Research and Communications staff to acquire the information needed to engage donors and prospects solicit gifts and steward relationships effectively; achieve and sustain fluency with regard to RFFs research more generally.
A Bachelor’s degree and relevant proposal writing experience. Position requires at least 3 years in institutional fundraising, including knowledge of development practices and proposal writing techniques.
Demonstrated success and effectiveness in identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding donors/prospects.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, engaging interpersonal skills, high energy, personal initiative and a sense of humor.
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously and ability to meet deadlines and goals with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated proficiency in Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office and experience with constituent relationship management (CRM) systems (i.e. Raisers Edge or similar).
Positive, helpful, and proactive demeanor.
Ability to travel; valid driver’s license is required.
A passion for environmental issues and familiarity with economic principles is preferred.
Submit your application through our Career Page and upload PDF to include cover letter, resume and salary requirements.
Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries by phone.
RFF’s mission is to conduct rigorous and independent economic research and analyses to help leaders craft smarter policies about natural resources, energy, and the environment. Salary is competitive. RFF Benefits include a collegial environment, 20 days annual leave, 13 days sick leave, 3 days family medical leave, 10 holidays, medical insurance, educational assistance, and commuter benefits.
RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonpartisan organization that conducts rigorous economic research and analysis to help leaders make better decisions and craft smarter policies about natural resources and the environment.
RFF was the first think tank devoted exclusively to natural resource and environmental issues and helped create the field of environmental and natural resourc...e economics. Since 1952, it has provided decisionmakers with the tools to improve the way policy choices are made, strengthening both the environment and the economy. Although RFF is located in Washington, DC, its research scope comprises programs in nations around the world.
RFF at a glance:
•Recognized as independent and nonpartisan
•Focused on the economics of environmental and natural resource policy
•Trusted by public, private, and nonprofit leaders
•Located in Washington, DC, only minutes away from the White House and Capitol Hill
•Committed to intellectual excellence and practical solutions
•Respected for providing nonproprietary, publicly available research
RFF’s mission is to improve environmental and natural resource policymaking worldwide through objective social science research of the highest caliber.
RFF envisions a world where environmental and economic decisions in the public and private sectors are made with a full understanding of the potential implications for present and future generations and the world in which they live.