Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) is the world's largest grassroots environmental federation with 75 autonomous member groups around the world. FoEI aims to ensure that the struggles and experiences of local communities – especially those most affected by unsustainable development – are brought to bear on policies and practices at national and international levels. We focus on four program areas: climate justice and energy, forests and biodiversity, food sovereignty, and economic justice. Our vision is of a peaceful and sustainable world based on societies living in harmony with nature.
FoEI's decentralized and democratic structure allows all member groups to participate in decision-making. We are governed by our member groups, which are organized in regional structures and come together every two years to vote on issues facing the federation. Between meetings governance is provided by an elected Executive Committee made up of representatives from our groups. A small International Secretariat, which is responsible for fundraising for the federation, is based in Amsterdam.
FoEI and Friends of the Earth US (FoE US) have a common interest in promoting and developing the campaigns, reputation, impact and sustainability of the Friends of the Earth International to create a more just world. Realizing that the success of this work requires a strong, ongoing capacity to raise the resources and funding needed for the accomplishment of these initiatives, FoEI and FoE US have agreed to work together to build funding relationships with foundations based in the United States for the international work of FoEI, its regions, and its national member groups, in an effort to both serve donor interest and increase the overall resources of Friends of the Earth around the world.
FoE US and FoEI have agreed that the best way to take forward this effort is to hire an International Fundraising Officer that is based in the FoE US office in Washington, DC. FoEI staff will provide (remote) day-to-day supervision for the position, while a management team comprising the President of FoE US and International Coordinator of FoEI will provide overall management of the initiative and a higher level of accountability.
Your responsibilities as the International Fundraising Officer are three-fold:
Raise significant funding for FoEI programs and activities (including for regions and member groups) and cover your own costs by the end of a three-year period of performance. You will:
Provide coordination, information and targeted assistance to FoE national member groups and regions that will strengthen their ability to raise funding in the United States. You will act as a resource and coordinator to FOEI and our member groups in our/their efforts to develop and maintain relationships with US grantors including:
Enhance and strengthen the fundraising program of FoE US by offering US foundations a menu of options for funding international campaigns and programs in a cost effective way.
To be successful in this job, you are exceptional in these seven areas.
Proven track record in soliciting high-dollar grants – Our challenge thrills you because you’ve done this before and you are seeking to do it again for a cause in which you believe. You have solicited grants ranging in size from 10s to 100s of thousands of dollars from many US-based private foundations. You have relationships with funders and you are well-respected by them for your integrity (doing what you say) and professionalism (respecting their goals, schedules, and commitments).
Strong communication skills – You possess persuasive verbal communication skills and are experienced in writing compelling materials that showcase vision and mission, with the ability to tailor tone and content to the audience. You are skilled at communicating technical subjects to non-technical audiences; confident public speaker.
Relationship Building – Working with a federation focused on the same overall objectives but operating independently excites you. Plus, you are sensitive enough to understand how to work complementarily with FOE US to ensure growth of both the US-based and international fundraising. With this context in mine, you can quickly win over a funder, building immediate and lasting relationships between the funder and our organization.
Self-motivation – You are able to work remotely successfully and in a complex, multi-cultural decentralized federation.
You are driven by personal goals and thrive when working alone. People describe you as persistent and able to quickly overcome obstacles, but not willing to win at all costs on the backs of others.
Project management – You are known for staying on top of multiple projects without dropping any balls. You plan backwards and anticipates obstacles, involving stakeholders appropriately, and using resources wisely. You don’t settle for anything less than 100% follow through.
Data driven – You are a strategic doer. You plan your work carefully, implement creatively, and fine-tune your process and tactics based on feedback and results. You are a wise steward of resources – your time, our funds, and our leaders – and use the latest tools, practices, and technology to ensure that you continue to do that.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint are key tools in your skillset.
We would also be interested in knowing if you:
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You will be working out of FOE – US offices in Washington, DC, and you could travel occasionally nationally and internationally. Our office is a highly collaborative environment. We are a culture of can-do people, working in open spaces, regularly supporting each other.
Your salary will be competitive for the role and market and you will find our benefits to be generous – organization-sponsored medical/dental/vision care, generous paid time off, contribution to retirement, flexible spending accounts, commuter benefits, paid maternity/paternity leave and more.
We are an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff. Also, please note that references will be requested during the screening process and we will ask final candidates to tackle some exercises that directly relate to the job description.
To apply, please send us a resume or your LinkedIn profile by clicking on the link below. We look forward to learning more about you.