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Development Officer

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Washington, DC, USAWashingtonDCUSA

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Development Officer, Eastern Region at our Washington, DC office. Based in Washington, DC, the Development Officer will play a key role in helping to expand WWF’s major gift fundraising in 17 states and DC, working closely with program and development colleagues.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Manage a portfolio of 100+ including a mix of individuals qualified to make a gift of $100,000 or more, prospects and suspects in qualification. Cultivate ongoing relationships between donors, prospective donors and WWF to build a robust donor base in the Eastern Region. Develop and execute solicitation strategies for qualified prospects.
  • Develop strategies to attract new major donors and raise visibility for WWF in the Eastern Region. Work with donors to host events and serve as ambassadors for WWF. Qualify prospects for interest in giving to WWF and capacity to give at the major or principal gift level through substantive contacts and visits.
  • Work and travel with program staff to plan and conduct visits, presentations, and events. Collaborate with development communications to produce proposals, reports and other donor materials as needed. Collaborate with the development events team to plan and execute events. May accompany donors and prospective donors on trips to visit WWF projects in the field, as requested.
  • Monitor giving from the managed portfolio and ensure all assigned donors are solicited for annual commitments, as well as major, multi-year commitments. Work with Director, Eastern Region to assess results and project future portfolio goals and activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Educational Background: 
A Bachelor's degree is required
  • Must have at least 5 years development experience with a minimum of three years major gift fundraising experience.
  • Passion for WWF’s mission and knowledge of conservation issues is strongly preferred.
  • A successful track record of securing gifts from major gift donors and working with volunteers.
  • Must be flexible, responsible, and able to balance a variety of activities and work as an effective member of a team.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to manage projects, set priorities, and work within deadlines.
  • Ability to travel approximately 50% of the time.

Organization Info

World Wildlife Fund

Washington, DC, United States
About Us

For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world's leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally.

WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.


WWF works to: 

  • Conserve the world's most important forests to sustain nature's diversity, benefit our climate, and support human well-being
  • Safeguard healthy oceans and marine livelihoods
  • Secure water for people and nature
  • Protect the worlds most important species
  • Drive sustainable food systems to conserve nature and feed humanity
  • Create a climate-resilient and zero-carbon world, powered by renewable energy

These things are not just “nice to have". . . they are “need to haves." They are the things that make it possible for us to live. And so, to ensure our very survival, they must be kept safe.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Feb 11 2019
Active Until: 
Mar 11 2019
Hiring Organization: 
World Wildlife Fund