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Development Officer, Regional Philanthropy, Eastern - 22049

at WWF Washington, DC in Washington, Dist. Columbia, 20037, United States

About the Job

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organizations, seeks a Development Officer, Regional Philanthropy, Eastern.

Major Function

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) seeks a Development Officer, Eastern Region. For almost 60 years, WWF has been protecting life on our planet – including our own. As the world's leading conservation organization fighting to restore species and places, WWF works in 100 countries supported by more than one million members in the US and five million globally. Based out of the WWF-US headquarters in Washington, DC, the Development Officer will play a key role in expanding major gifts fundraising in the 17-state eastern region, working closely with program and development colleagues.


  • Manage a portfolio of 100+ prospects and suspects in qualification, including a mix of individuals qualified to make a gift of $100,000 or more. Cultivate ongoing relationships between donors, prospective donors and WWF to build a robust donor base in the eastern region. Develop and execute solicitation strategies for qualified prospects.
  • Develop strategies to attract new major donors and raise visibility for WWF. Work with donors to host events and serve as ambassadors for WWF. Qualify prospects for interest in giving to WWF and capacity to give at the major or principal gift level through substantive contacts and visits.
  • Work and travel with program staff to plan and conduct visits, presentations, and host events. Collaborate with development communications to produce proposals, reports and other donor materials as needed. Collaborate with the development events team to plan and execute events. May accompany donors and prospective donors on trips to visit WWF projects in the field, as requested.
  • Monitor giving from the managed portfolio and ensure all assigned donors are solicited for annual commitments, as well as major, multi-year commitments. Work with Senior Director, Eastern Region to assess results and project future portfolio goals and activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor's degree with one to two years' experience in major gifts fundraising.
  • Passion for WWF's mission and knowledge of conservation issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and best practices of non-profit major gifts development (or a closely related relationship management process).
  • Must be flexible, responsible, and able to balance a variety of activities and work as an effective member of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed within a consensus-building culture: self-motivation, collaboration, and strong written and verbal skills are essential at WWF.
  • Intellectual curiosity and sense of humor.
  • Proven ability to manage projects, set priorities, and work within deadlines.
  • Ability to travel approximately 40% of the time.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF's core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

To apply

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #22049
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.

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WWF Washington, DC

The world's leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.