Director, Institutional Giving
Company: Environmental Defense Fund
Posted on: June 12, 2021
With world attention on both the environment and the economy,
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business
leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science,
uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent
threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world's largest
environmental organizations, with more than two million members and
a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy
experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22
geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You
will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results
are a way of life.
EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and
experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face
and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek
talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results,
Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to
The Director, Institutional Giving (IG) is an important
leadership position on the IG team. The Director is responsible for
the strategic cultivation and stewardship of a select portfolio of
principal-level foundations that provide significant support for
EDF to carry out its mission. The Director also manages IG staff,
providing oversight, mentorship and strategic and operational
guidance to ensure team members' effective performance and
Department and Location
This position reports to the Vice President of Institutional
Giving and will be located in EDF's San Francisco, Austin, Boulder
or Washington, DC office (with option for geographic flexibility
for the right candidate).
- Skillfully manage a small portfolio of principal-level funders
in coordination with executive and program staff, including:
- Developing and implementing strategic donor cultivation
- Preparing high quality proposals, reports and other
communications to donors (including effective collaboration with
Development Communications writers).
- Preparing strategic briefings and other materials for donor
- Participating in donor meetings.
- Overseeing accurate donor and revenue information in the
Development database (SalesForce).
- Support and mentor other IG team members, ranging from
Coordinators to Senior Foundation Officers. This entails
responsibilities such as:
- Oversight on donor strategy, review of donor materials and
assisting with problem solving, as needed.
- Providing guidance to ensure performance expectations are
achieved and operations run smoothly.
- Coordinating information flow within the IG team and to others
in the Development department, as needed.
- Assisting direct reports with planning and executing on weekly
and monthly workplans.
- Collaborating with staff to set individual goals and helping
the team accomplish team fundraising goals.
- Maintain strong knowledge of EDF's program work to effectively
represent, through both written and oral communications, a wide
array of regional, national, and global environmental programs to
inspire donors to support EDF.
- Assist the VP and other team members with internal donor and
strategy-related communications, and liaise with colleagues in the
Development department, program, finance, and at times, members of
the Executive Team to fulfill requests or share information.
- Draw on extensive experience, sound judgment, and input from
program staff and Development leadership to cultivate and steward
donors and make a wide range of independent and collaborative
- Work effectively with staff across all departments throughout
all EDF offices.
- Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from
all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and
empowered to address the environmental and organizational
challenges in alignment with EDF values.
- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
- A minimum of 10 years' demonstrated success and increasing
responsibility in non-profit fundraising, including a strong track
record of securing and managing large gifts from foundations.
- Experience managing and mentoring staff.
- Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Strong project management skills, including the ability to work
effectively across the organization and among
- Proven ability to work both as a team player and independently,
as a self-starter.
- Outstanding interpersonal and listening skills.
- Strong computer literacy, including Word, Excel, and donor
- The ability to travel as needed.
- Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and
inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders
across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer
where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability,
veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.
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