• Senior Foundations Relations Officer

    Job Locations US-DC | US-CA-Oakland
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/15/2018 8:00 AM)
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  • Overview

    Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. For over fifty years, Greenpeace has fought to save the planet from the threat of global warming, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and the threat of a nuclear disaster loom large. As an independent organization, Greenpeace does not accept funds from any corporations or government entities. Greenpeace is headquartered in the Netherlands, with offices all around the world in over fifty countries.


    Greenpeace U.S. (GPUS) is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic Senior  Foundations Relations Officer to join its Major Gifts and Foundations team. The individual in this position will be charged with developing, building and maintaining a portfolio of private foundations to secure significant support for Greenpeace’s U.S. campaigns. 
    Working with the Foundations Relations Manager, the Senior Foundations Relations Officer will investigate new funding opportunities while managing and maintaining established relationships. They will be responsible for developing strategies for working with donors, for tracking necessary dates and deadlines for applications and reporting and ensuring effective, ongoing communication with donors and supporters. They will work closely with other members of the Major Gifts and Foundations team to develop strategies that make the most effective use of donor contributions. 
    This position requires the ability to work independently while maintaining strong team relationships and a willingness to travel for a significant portion of their time. The ability to distill complicated programmatic strategies into comprehensive proposals and navigate complex application and reporting processes is also required.  This position is ideal for a highly experienced and dynamic fundraiser with exceptional writing and oral communication skills and a passion for building and stewarding long-term relationships.


    • Manage engagement with a portfolio of up to 100 institutional foundations, including some family foundations, utilizing strategies that engage prospects and donors in an ongoing conversation about Greenpeace activities.
    • Research donor trends while providing advice and guidance to senior management, program staff and fundraisers on how to present Greenpeace programmatic activities to key donors and prospects.
    • Collaborate closely with the Foundations Relations Manager and Director of Special Contributor Relations paying particular attention to the continued growth of Greenpeace’s budget in the U.S.
    • In coordination with other Greenpeace fundraisers and campaigners, establish work plans necessary to cultivate, engage and steward funders.
      Partner with the Grants Specialist and Foundations Relations Manager, to develop and maintain tracking systems for ensuring that key deadlines are met and foundations are regularly updated on Greenpeace’s activities and achievements.
    • Maintain a comprehensive calendar tracking cultivation and solicitation for foundations. Maintain comprehensive records of engagement with foundations in Team Approach, the organization’s current donor database system.
    • Assist the Foundation Relations Manager and the Director of Special Contributor Relations in creating annual fundraising plans for their portfolio, including projections for existing and prospective donors.
    • Provide guidance to senior leadership on how to expand the universe of foundations that fund Greenpeace, nationally and internationally.
    • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports and financial analyses to track progress in engaging foundations.
    • Brief Executive Director and program staff on all facets of relationship management, including meeting with foundations, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
    • Travel domestically and internationally to participate in campaign and funder meetings.
    • Perform other job-related duties as requested or assigned by the Foundations Relations Manager, Director of Special Contributor Relations, Director of Development and Executive Director.


    Minimum requirements include: 
    • An undergraduate degree and 7+ years of proven success in institutional foundation fundraising for advocacy related issues. A working knowledge of environmental issues and activism is essential.
    Additional qualifications for this role  include, but are not limited to: 
    • Demonstrated experience in personally soliciting and obtaining large gifts and working with senior management and program staff is a must. 
    • In-depth knowledge of the conceptual terminology used by foundations to describe multi-faceted programs, including: theory of change, goals, objectives, benchmarks, inputs, outputs, outcomes, and indicators of success. 
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, strong organizational and project management skills, team-building skills, and familiarity with relational databases required. 
    • The ability to  be creative, flexible, responsible, a skilled problem solver, and able to balance a variety of activities. Ability to set priorities, travel domestically and internationally, and work within deadlines.
    • Basic understanding of digital marketing and/or digital campaigning principles 
    • A commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and to the environmental and peace issues central to Greenpeace’s mission.
    If you want to save the world from climate change and believe in environmental justice, please submit an application on our careers page. Applications will be review on a rolling basis and will conclude once we have found the best candidate.
    Greenpeace is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes. We strongly encourage applications from marginalized communities. If you require assistance applying to this opportunity, please contact us.
    Only applicants eligible to work and live in the United States without any legal restrictions need apply for this opportunity.


    Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.


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