Director of Individual Philanthropy, Environmental Organization (Fully Remote)

Food & Water Watch Remote
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November 9, 2022
Food & Water Watch
Washington D.C.
To protect our food, water, and
climate, Food & Water Watch organizes people around the country
to build political power. We mobilize at the local, state, and
federal levels to win the fights others are afraid to even take on.
From banning fracking to shutting down factory farms to making sure
communities across the country have access to clean water, we’ve
fought against greedy corporations and reckless government
agencies, and we’ve won time after time. We fight — and win — in
the courts, in the halls of Congress, and on the ground in every
state. Corporations may have the money, but we believe people have
the power to make real change. 

Food & Water Watch is seeking an
experienced and highly organized Director of Individual
Philanthropy who will plan, implement, and coordinate a national
major gifts program. One of the main goals of this position is to
increase Food & Water Watch’s major giving philanthropy,
solidifying the organization’s funding structure and expanding its

The Director of Individual
Philanthropy reports to the Managing Director of Philanthropy and
works closely with a variety of staff, including the Executive
Director, program directors, and organizing staff across the
country. To match the rapidly growing threats to our food, water,
and climate, Food & Water Watch (FWW) has an aggressive 5-year
strategic philanthropy plan to increase revenue to support our
grassroots organizing, legal, communications, policy, and research
teams. This position is vital to raising over $1.5 million
annually, and have the vision to grow this program year after

Office Location: While FWW has physical offices in Washington D.C.,
New York, NY, New Brunswick, NJ, and Los Angeles, CA, this position
is approved for remote work if desired. Other team members live in
California, New Jersey, and New York and all staff are working
remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Benefits: We offer an excellent
benefits package that includes 100% employer paid
medical/vision/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan,
and generous paid leave.

Food & Water Watch is committed to
the health and safety of its staff members. Moreover, FWW, as an
organization, promotes science-based policy. Science clearly shows
that unvaccinated populations drive the spread of the coronavirus
and the emergence of new variants and that unvaccinated people are
more likely to contract COVID and experience severe symptoms.
Effective immediately, prospective new staff members are required
to provide proof of vaccination or request a waiver as a condition
of their offer of employment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Lead strategy for major gifts and
planned giving programs, directing staff on all aspects of the
program and its deliverables.
Supervise and mentor team members as
required and ensure that individual performance goals are met.
Oversee strategy and day-to-day
operations for the planned giving program and execute marketing,
cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for the program.
Collaborate with colleagues on
strategy for mid-level giving program and the pipeline/discovery
process from mid-level to major gifts including prospect review,
research, and moves management processes to ensure appropriate and
timely placement of donors on portfolios.
Manage a portfolio of 60 to 85 major
donors, many with annual gifts of $10,000 and above. Provide
consistent cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship through
personal visits, telephone calls, written proposals and other
Collaborate and work with Special
Events Manager on the coordination of major gifts cultivation and
stewardship events.
Work directly with the Managing
Director of Philanthropy in setting and achieving annual goals for
all team members.
Advise Managing Director of
Philanthropy on staff and resource needs for the team.
Oversee national electoral
fundraising plan for Food & Water Action and any Food &
Water Action PAC.
Work with Managing Director of
Philanthropy to oversee Food & Water Watch Advisory Council and
develop Food & Water Watch board member pipeline.
Carry out other projects, as
PHILANTHROPY: All staff must assist in fundraising and development
for the organization. All staff must demonstrate an understanding
that our members and supporters make our work (and our salaries)
possible and should provide the highest level of customer and
member services to people outside the organization. While your job
position does not require you to raise any particular amount, you
are expected to always be an “ambassador” for FWW/FWA and our work.
All staff is expected to help with and participate in/attend events
and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our
supporters and donors. All staff is expected to be cognizant of
fundraising opportunities and to share contacts and information
that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.


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The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential

"ignore-global-css">Education/Experience: Bachelor’s
Degree (BA, BS, etc.) and a minimum of ten years major gifts and
planned gift fundraising experience, preferably within a political
or advocacy environment. At least five years of direct management
experience. Demonstrated success personally soliciting gifts at the
five-figure level and above. A track record of portfolio management
meeting yearly solicitation goals. Exceptional interpersonal skills
and the ability to interact effectively with leadership and staff,
prospects and donors. Excellent organizational skills and
successful experience managing events and other complex activities
in support of development initiatives. Highly developed verbal and
written communication skills and the ability to make effective
presentations to small and large groups. Ability to exercise good
judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to
development activities and to use discretion in interactions with
donors, prospects and others. Ability to conduct research and
assemble data, analyze information, and prepare effective, accurate
and timely reports and other documents to support development

"ignore-global-css">Computer Skills: An individual
should be able to work in a computerized environment and have
adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and
spreadsheet software; in particular adequate knowledge of Microsoft
Word, Excel, and Power Point and proficiency with all other
Microsoft Office products; have adequate knowledge of working with
CRM, in particular proficiency with Salesforce.     

"ignore-global-css">"ignore-global-css">COMPETENCIES: To perform the
job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following

"ignore-global-css">Interpersonal Skills: Maintains
confidentiality; remains open to others’ ideas; exhibits
willingness to try new ways of doing things.

Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in
positive or negative situations; listens and gets

"ignore-global-css">Written Communication:  Writes
clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and has
excellent grammar and proofreading skills; presents numerical data
effectively and is able to read and interpret written

"ignore-global-css">Planning/organizing: Prioritizes
and plans work activities; uses time efficiently and develops
realistic action plans; meets deadlines and adheres to specific
timelines; tracks multiple processes to meet goals for

"ignore-global-css">Quality control: Demonstrates
accuracy and thoroughness and looks for ways to improve and promote
quality of own work; promotes and upholds office policies and

"ignore-global-css">Adaptability: Adapts to changes
in the work environment; handles several projects concurrently; is
able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.

"ignore-global-css">Problem-solving: Identifies and
resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes
information skillfully.

"ignore-global-css">Judgment: Displays willingness to
make timely decisions; exhibits high-level, sound and accurate

"ignore-global-css">Safety and security: Actively
promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures;
uses equipment and materials properly.

"ignore-global-css">Teamwork:  Contributes to
building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own
interests; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; provides
excellent internal and external customer service.   

"ignore-global-css">Diversity:  Shows respect and
sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free

"ignore-global-css">Ethics:  Treats people with
respect and dignity; works with integrity and ethically
upholds FWW/FWA’s mission and

  The physical demands described below
are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential

While performing the duties of this
job, the employee will regularly be required to talk and
hear.  The employee is frequently required to sit and use
his/her hands.  The employee may be required to lift and/or
move up to 30 pounds.

Must have a valid driver’s license and
the ability to travel.  Ability to make travel arrangements
and be comfortable and competent with various forms of
transportation and accommodations on behalf of the organization's
business. Travel is required up to 50% of the time.   

  The work environment described
below is representative of what an employee may encounter while
performing the duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
essential functions.

The work environment is that which is
typical of an office setting.

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