Earthworks is hiring. We’re looking for the right folks to help us in our mission to protect communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development, in the U.S. and worldwide.
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Earthworks is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development in the U.S. and worldwide. We fulfill our mission by supporting communities and grassroots groups, by publicizing the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of mining and drilling, and by working to improve government policies and corporate practices.
About the position:
Earthworks currently raises between $1.5 million and $2 million annually from nearly 35 foundations that recognize the leadership role that the organization plays in environmental protection and extractive industries accountability. On a growth trajectory, Earthworks seeks a full-time Foundation Relations Officer to manage proposal development, reporting, and stewardship in order to strengthen partnerships with existing and new foundation funders.
Reporting to the Development Director, the Foundation Relations Officer will be the primary writer for proposals and reports and will build and maintain systems for establishing strong ties with foundation partners. Specific responsibilities include:
Proposal Development and Reporting
- Serve as the primary writer for proposals and reports to foundations, ensuring that materials submitted to foundations are of high quality, compelling and polished.
- Serve as primary point person with program staff to gather all necessary information for proposals and reports.
- Serve as primary point person with the Finance and Administration Manager and program staff to prepare proposal budgets and expenditure reports.
- Prepare and/or compile supporting materials required by foundations for proposals and reports.
- Collaborate with program staff and the leadership team to prepare periodic updates outside of the proposal and reporting cycle.
Planning, Research and Briefing
- Assist the Development Director with developing fundraising plans and devising cultivation strategies for foundation funders.
- Conduct and compile research on current and lapsed foundation funders to ensure that program staff and the leadership team have the latest information on giving priorities.
- Conduct and compile research on foundation prospects.
- Assist program teams with annual program plans with an eye toward preparing compelling proposals and reports.
- In collaboration with the Development Director, prepare briefing materials to fully prepare program staff and the leadership team for meetings with foundation staff.
- In collaboration with the Development Director and Finance and Administration Manager:
- track current grants expenditures to ensure that they are spent in accordance with approved proposals and grant agreements.
- develop templates for proposal budgets and expenditure reports.
- assist program staff in implementing best practices in spending and reporting on restricted grants and developing program budgets.
Administration of Systems around Foundation Relations
- Serve as primary point person to program staff as they engage with foundation staff, capture and share all relevant information on interactions, and maintain records for foundation funders in Salesforce, ensuring that they are kept up to date on giving history to Earthworks and funding priorities.
- Maintain a calendar of deadlines for proposals, reports, and informal updates.
- Work with the Finance and Administration Manager to ensure proper accounting of foundation gifts.
- Prepare all acknowledgements for foundation gifts.
- Ensure that Earthworks is following best practices for our size and budget in terms of systems and processes regarding foundation relations.
The Foundation Relations Officer will also undertake special projects as assigned by the Development Director.
The ideal candidate for Earthworks' Foundation Relations Officer will possess the following training, skills, and attributes:
- At least three years of successful foundation relations, resulting in five- and six-figure grants.
- Exceptional writing and editing skills.
- Demonstrated understanding of and ability to write about advocacy and grassroots organizing.
- Demonstrated understanding of proposal terminology, including goals, objectives, strategies, tactics, theory of change, outcomes, and evaluation measures.
- Working knowledge of best practices in fundraising.
- Strong communication and interview skills.
- Strong research skills and working knowledge of a variety of search tools.
- Demonstrated computer savvy and a strong knowledge of computer and communications tools, including word processors, spreadsheets, and customer relations database systems.
- Proficiency with Mac and Apple systems.
- Ability to juggle more than one project at a time and meet deadlines.
- Strong team player.
- Sense of humor.
A working knowledge of environmental issues and the universe of foundations that fund environmental protection is ideal.
This position is full-time with health, dental, and other benefits. The location is negotiable, with a strong preference for the candidate to be based in one of Earthworks’ office locations (Washington, DC, Oakland, CA, Durango, CO, or Missoula, MT). Earthworks is an equal opportunity employer.
Send your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. With a resume, please submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and a writing sample, preferably a successful grant proposal.
Earthworks is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of mining and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions.
The Program Research and Writing Intern will work closely with our program staff and communications team to update and create new fact-based issue pages for our website. Our key issues are fracking and hard rock mining, and our issue pages range in topic from the 1873 Mining Law to noise pollution from fracking operations.
We are looking for a self-motivated individual with excellent research and writing skills. This is the perfect internship for students looking to learn more about the non-profit world, make connections and start building their resume.
While Earthworks is based in Washington, DC we welcome remote applicants and would be happy to have an intern that works from home/their dorm room.
-Current student or recent college graduate (all majors welcome)
-Ability to commit at least 10 hours per week
-Strong organizational skills and interpersonal skills
-Commitment to the environment
-Advanced computer or language skills are a plus
Please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to email@example.com. Please include your weekly availability and desired start and end date. Earthworks requires a minimum commitment of 3 months.