The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) invites candidates to apply for the position of Development Officer. This position reports to the Director of Development and is responsible to proactively cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospects, with a strong emphasis on programmatic support. As a key member of the Development team, this position will manage a portfolio of donors and prospects throughout the year. He/she will work closely with the Development Director to plan and implement FFAR’s programmatic giving and fundraising strategy. This position plays an important role in raising the necessary funds to support FFAR’s operations and programs and is responsible for meeting key metrics including dollars raised and number of meaningful person contacts while building and advancing strong relationships with current and prospective donors.
Manage a portfolio of donors/prospects through the giving cycle from research and identification through engagement, solicitation, gift closure and stewardship with a focus on programmatic support
Help create customized solicitation strategies and donor relations materials to engender new donor relationships and maintain support from existing donors
Work in conjunction with the Director of Development in identifying and prioritizing new initiatives, needs and opportunities that could benefit from development efforts including ways to incentivize program support
Conduct thorough and appropriate follow up with potential donors attending events to engage them in the gift process
Plan and execute personal face-to-face visits to fulfill individual and team solicitation strategies and goals and achieve metric targets
Support the Director of Development in managing a vibrant and comprehensive development program and related activities as assigned
Work collaboratively with FFAR Communications, Program and Operational staff on event and related activities
Other tasks, contributing to departmental goals and assisting smooth flow of development operations by accomplishing related duties as required
Apply: Please send a resume, writing sample and cover letter indicating your salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify DEVELOPMENT OFFICER in the subject line of your message.
Demonstrated success in soliciting and closing major program gifts with capability to advance gift strategies through effective relationship building
Ability to effectively work with donors, staff and key stakeholders
Ability to work as part of a dynamic team and also independently
Must be organized, creative, pro-active, detail oriented with strong ability to prioritize with superior time management and troubleshooting skills in a fast-paced environment
Strong work ethic, supported by commitment and follow-through and ability to implement
Superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Computer literate with ability to create original documents, reports and conduct Internet research, electronic messaging, remote access and mobile communications/scheduling
Education and Experience
7+ years of related/relevant development experience in a research or higher education environment, with three years’ proven track record in major program gifts
Experience in national organizations a plus
Knowledge of Microsoft Office and fundraising database management a must
Additional Salary Information: Commiserate with experience.
About Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is focused on catalyzing innovation to solve pressing food and agriculture challenges that affect the lives of all Americans. Leveraging public and private resources, FFAR will increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population.