Development Specialist, Climate and Economics Program

Development Washington, DC, United States


Job Summary:

As the Development Specialist, you will support fundraising efforts across the Climate and Economics portfolios. In this position, you will enjoy research and database management responsibilities, and demonstrate strong communication skills in synthesizing information to share with internal and external audiences. You will be responsible for supporting the delivery of the Climate and Economics 5-year fundraising strategies by working closely with the Senior Development Manager and the Development Operations Manager to develop and maintain a robust donor pipeline and support in strategic donor communications and engagement efforts. You will also be results-oriented and independent, with a background in donor communications and/or prospect research. As the Development Specialist,you will report to the Senior Development Manager for Climate and Economics, and play a key role in supporting efficient team operations through knowledge and project management, and scheduling support.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted with the possibility to be continued as remote.

Job Responsibilities:

Prospect Research and Pipeline Development

  • Research prospective donors and potential RFPs to support key projects and initiatives
  • Track and analyze donor priorities to identify points of intersection with WRI objectives and work plan
  • Map Climate and Economics team networks with current and prospective donors
  • Create and update prospect research reports and funding profiles
  • Monitor and track prospect and funding pipelines and dashboards in Salesforce
  • Update Salesforce for current prospect and donor information
  • Routinely audit Climate and Economics team pipeline data to ensure data integrity

Donor Stewardship & External Communication

  • Support donor cultivation efforts including preparing donor profiles and briefing materials
  • Track donor engagement in Salesforce
  • Support in tracking and follow-up on donor requests
  • Drafts donor emails, fundraising updates, and other documents with oversight from Senior Development Manager
  • Manage and maintain Climate and Economics team donor lists and contact information in Salesforce
  • Coordinate cross-team communications initiatives and donor outreach
  • Develop and manage Climate and Economics team donor communications calendar

Team administration

  • Maintain team knowledge and project management systems
  • Support internal coordination with other WRI teams
  • Support scheduling for Climate and Economics Development team

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field with sufficient professional work to demonstrate the relevance to fundraising, communications, and internal coordination
  • Direct professional experience with fundraising and nonprofit development, preferably within an international NGO and with exposure to foundation, government, and multi-lateral sector donors
  • Direct prior experience with database management, preferably on Salesforce of similar system, including the use of shared knowledge management, custom dashboards, and pipeline reports
  • Strong research and information and synthetization skills
  • Strong computer skills and experience in Microsoft suite, database management, cloud- and web-based communications
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work under pressure with tight deadline
  • Flexible and capable of working with minimal direction and supervision
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and values
  • US work authorization is required for this position

Potential Salary:

$53,000 - $68,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:

How to Apply: Please submit a resume. Applicants must
apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview:

WRI works with policymakers, businesses, civil society and other decision-makers to adapt to climate impacts and build a zero-carbon future. The Climate Program at WRI focuses on four main areas: stepping up national climate action, advancing international climate action, tracking progress toward climate goals and supporting equity and development goals in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Our research evaluates the technical, economic and social benefits of climate action, as well as the costs of inaction. We work with national governments to design ambitious near-term climate plans that align with long-term temperature goals, and help integrate these into economic, sectoral and development plans. We help international policymakers advance climate solutions through negotiations and accords such as the Paris Agreement. We support businesses, civil society, local governments and other non-state actors as they pursue their own emissions-reduction and adaptation goals. We build tools to track global progress on fighting the climate crisis, inform good decision-making and ensure accountability for existing commitments. And we work with thought leaders around the world to accelerate adaptation efforts that will help vulnerable communities build resilience against climate impacts.

WRI Overview:

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.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

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.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 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.  

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.