International Fundraising Officer (DC or SF)

Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA

Job - August 18, 2014
Greenpeace is the leading independent environmental organization that utilizes bold action, cutting-edge research and creative communications to protect the Earth. We expose global environmental problems and promote the solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. We investigate, document and expose environmental destruction in a peaceful manner and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices. To ensure our independence we do not accept donations from corporations or governments.

Greenpeace in the U.S. is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic International Fundraising 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 U.S.-based supporters (institutional foundations as well as major donors) who are interested in supporting Greenpeace’s environmental campaign work in East Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Brazil and Russia.

Working with the Foundations Relations Manager, the Senior Stewardship Specialist and members of Greenpeace International’s Fundraising Team and fundraising officers in other Greenpeace offices, the International Fundraising Officer will investigate new funding opportunities while managing and maintaining established relationships. He or she 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. She or he will work closely with other members of the Major Gifts and Foundations team to develop effective strategies that minimize risk and make the most effective use of donor contributions.

This position requires the ability to work independently while maintaining strong team relationships, a willingness to travel internationally and an openness to new experiences.


1. Manage engagement with a portfolio of up to 100 institutional foundations, family foundations and individual donors utilizing strategies that engage prospects and donors in an on-going conversation about Greenpeace activities.

2. Research donor trends with regard to international giving (with a specific focus on East Asia, Southeast Asia, Brazil, India, Africa and Brazil), while providing advice and guidance to senior management, program staff and fundraisers (in the U.S. and international Greenpeace offices) on how to present Greenpeace programmatic activities to key donors and prospects.

3. Work with the Foundations Relations Manager, Greenpeace International Fundraising Team and fundraisers in key Greenpeace offices to provide guidance to senior management on how to expand the universe of major donors and foundations that fund international Greenpeace activities. In collaboration with the U.S.-based Major Gifts Team, identify individual donor prospects with potential interest in funding work in key international regions. The International Fundraising Officer will work closely with the Foundations Relations Manager and Major Gifts Manager, paying particular attention to the continued growth of Greenpeace’s budget in the U.S., as they seek to raise funds for international work.

4. Serve as liaison and adviser to fundraisers in key international Greenpeace offices to support the development of proposals, reporting and monitor relationships with U.S.-based donors and supporting institutions.

5. In coordination with other Greenpeace fundraisers and campaigners, establish work plans necessary to cultivate, engage and steward donors with specific interest in supporting Greenpeace’s international campaign work.

6. In collaboration with the Stewardship Specialist and Greenpeace International Fundraising Team, develop and maintain tracking systems for ensuring that major donors and foundations are regularly updated on Greenpeace’s activities and achievements.

7. Maintain a comprehensive calendar tracking cultivation and solicitation for major donors and foundations with an interest in supporting international campaign work. Maintain comprehensive records of engagement with donors and foundations in Team Approach, the organization’s current donor database system.

8. Assist the Major Gifts Manager and the Foundation Relations Manager in creating annual fundraising plans for international work, including projections for existing and prospective donors.

9. Prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports and financial analyses to track progress in engaging major donors and foundations.

10. As required, travel to key international Greenpeace offices to participate in campaign meetings, donor visits and to contribute to the training of fundraising personnel.

11. Perform other job-related duties as requested or assigned by the Major Gifts Manager, Foundations Relations Manager, Director of Development and Executive Director.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to time zones and regional/ national holiday observations, this position will sometimes require work outside the traditional professional workday.


1. Knowledge: Bachelor’s degree required. A working knowledge of environmental issues and activism is essential.

2. Experience: At least five years of proven success in major gifts and/or foundations fundraising for advocacy related issues. Experience in personally soliciting and obtaining large gifts and working with senior management and program staff is a must.

3. Skills and Abilities: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, strong organizational and project management skills, team-building skills, and familiarity with relational databases required. Must be creative, flexible, responsible, and able to balance a variety of activities. Ability to set priorities, travel domestically and internationally, and work within deadlines.

4. Must have a commitment to the environmental and peace issues central to Greenpeace’s mission.

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.


Greenpeace welcomes and values diversity of people, cultural experiences and perspectives. Through our campaigning, we create solutions that promote environmental sustainability rooted in social justice. Our mission is to create a diverse and inclusive work environment that is a reflection of the global campaigns and missions that we champion.

Please send cover letter and resume to . Please include the following in your cover letter: a specific explanation of your interest in the available position and how you found out about this career opportunity. Please use the email subject line: INTERNATIONAL FUNDRAISING OFFICER - YOUR NAME. Applications will be accepted until September 17th, 2014. No phone calls please.