Director of Principal Gifts, Global Development Department
|Employer:|| World Resources Institute|
|Category:||Nonprofit - Social Services|
|Job Type:||Full Time|
The Global Development Department (GDD) raises all unrestricted and core institutional funding and coordinates program fundraising across WRI seven Global programs (Cities, Climate, Energy, Food, Forests, Water, Ocean), four Centers of Excellence (Business, Economics, Finance, Equity), and 12 International Offices. The GDD is organized into four teams grouped by fundraising sector: corporate, government (bi- and multi-lateral), foundation, and individual philanthropy. These sector teams manage strategy and cultivation (for a select number of donors that are centrally managed by Global Development) or provide support to Programs, Centers, and International Offices with fundraising, funder coordination, relationship management and stewardship, prospect research, strategy development, events, and donor communications. WRI’s Development fundraising model is decentralized, meaning that fundraising is undertaken and managed both in the Global Development Department and within WRI’s Programs, Centers, and International Offices.
Now is the time to move from commitments to impact on climate change—WRI is at the forefront of this urgent transition. WRI has the knowledge, convening power and tools to drive change and is now seeking a Director of Principal Gifts (Director) to build opportunities to secure new investments that will equip and enable us to meet these global challenges.
The Director is a self-directed and goal-driven professional who will serve as a core member of the Global Development Department. As an entrepreneurial thought- and action-partner for WRI Board, staff, and leadership, the Director is tasked with championing a shift in the way WRI secures philanthropic support. By expanding WRI’s high- and ultra-high-net worth individual donor base of high-six- to eight- figure gifts, the Director will lead WRI’s transition from a heavily institutional funding base to one that leverages support from individual donors with the capacity to make transformational contributions to the work of WRI. The ideal candidate will have significant experience as a front-line fundraiser, demonstrated success with principal gift program creation and transformational gift solicitations, including for campaign support, an understanding of the motivations of philanthropists, and strong communication skills. They will also have played an instrumental role in successful capital campaigns. The Director will report directly to the Executive Vice President, Governance and Development; they will be supported by the Individual Giving Coordinator and the Senior Manager, Pipeline Management & Strategy.
What you will do:
Principal Gift Strategy & Implementation (60%)
Education: You have completed a Masters degree. CFRE Certification preferred
Languages: You have verbal and written proficiency in English
This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered and in a major metro area, with an easily accessible airport (i.e. New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago).
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of (December 7, 2022).
What we offer:
About Us: Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.
The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.
Our mission and values: WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.
Our culture: WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.