The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is seeking a highly motivated and self-organized individual as a Development Officer at its office in Washington, D.C. to manage RRI’s growing donor relations portfolio. In addition to overseeing engagement with existing donors, this position is a key member of a team responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift and foundation prospects related to the organization’s fundraising goals and overall vision.

The Development Officer will work under the supervision of the Director, Strategic Communications and Donor Relations, in Washington, DC, in close coordination with the Chief Operating Officer, the entire Senior Management Team, and the wider Donor Relations team.

Key Responsibilities:

We are currently hiring a Development Officer to:

Soft Infrastructure Development

  • Oversee the expansion, integration, and maintenance of a new donor database (like Raiser’s Edge) to track and monitor all prospect contacts and calendar follow up, ensuring data integrity and actively updating key constituents’ records.
  • Ensure that key stakeholders throughout the organization have access to high quality and well organized information about existing grants and prospective donors, as needed.
  • Identify areas for improvement related to existing donor relations and grant management practices.

Strategy and Research

  • Establishes annual income development plan representing broad opportunities for donor prospecting, cultivation, retention, upgrade, acknowledgement, and recognition.
  • Partner with the Senior Management Team to determine metrics, strategies, and action steps needed to identify and develop a robust major donor program.
  • Research prospective and current donors to prepare RRG President and other staff for meetings and to inform strategies for otherwise engaging with prospective and current donors.
  • Map the broad field of potential donors, identifying prospects that seek to align themselves with RRI’s work.
  • Conduct prospect research to identify individuals with the capacity and affinity to make major gifts of $50,000 and up.
  • Generate a pipeline of major gift prospects across high net worth individuals, foundations, and bilaterals.
  • Develop and implement prospect-specific cultivation and solicitation strategies.

Donor Stewardship

  • Manage all required operations of the development department including: prospecting, proposal writing, reporting, database management, deadline supervision, knowledge management and dissemination of donor related materials and submissions.
  • Act as a resource for current donors, addressing questions, concerns and issues as they arise.
  • Work with Senior Management Team and program staff to develop and write winning grant proposals designed to secure funding from government programs, public institutions, private foundations, and individuals.
  • Ensure fund development efforts are carried out in keeping with the organization’s strategic vision, values, and mission
  • Facilitate training for staff related to fundraising systems, processes and best practices.
  • Collaborate with Senior Management Team and additional staff as need to support the development of grant budgets and agreements, and communicate grant implementation and reporting requirements with appropriate staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Seven years’ experience in grant writing and/or donor relations, including outreach to individuals, bilaterals and foundations;
  • Demonstrated experience in soliciting and securing gifts of $50,000 and above;
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to securing multiyear grants of $1 million and above;
  • Strong knowledge of the Foundation/Giving sector and established relationships with others in the fundraising sector for international development/environmental/human rights organizations;
  • Prior experience in utilizing and managing a donor database;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a diverse work team;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with diverse funders from USA, Canada, Europe and Asia;
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, with an ability to communicate effectively our mission and programs in a compelling and concise manner;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, performs well under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines and objectives; and
  • Experience working in Sharepoint.


To apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to The subject line of the email must read: “Development Officer”.

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or recruiters.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Learn more at