The Jane Goodall Institute is hiring a
The Jane Goodall Institute USA seeks a Development Writer to be based in USA Headquarters office in Washington, DC. The Development Writer is responsible for writing and editing persuasive fundraising proposals and compelling stewardship materials, accurate and individualized reports, as well as other fundraising marketing collateral. The Writer must be an efficient collaborator working with team members in Development, Program teams, Communications & Partnerships (C&P), Office of the Founder (OOF), and Finance departments to coordinate the gathering of information needed to advance JGI’s fundraising goals and share the impact of JGI’s programmatic work with donors and prospective donors.
The Development Writer, working with the Business Development team, will create fundraising collateral as well as review and copy edit materials that accurately describe the impact of JGI’s work to increase funding from individual major donors and appropriately and effectively report back and steward large individual donations. The position will also work with the Development team to support the creation of donor-centered stewardship pieces.
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) USA is an international non-governmental organization that continues Dr. Jane Goodall’s pioneering animal research and global conservation mission. The breadth of the Jane Goodall Institute’s work reflects Dr. Goodall’s personal philosophy that the survival of all species depends upon collaboration, community, and valuing individuals’ contributions.
DEVELOPMENT STEWARDSHIP WRITING & INDIVIDUALIZED DONOR REPORT CREATION (50%)
DONOR PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT & FUNDRAISING COLLATERAL CREATION (40%)
DEVELOPMENT-RELATED BOARD & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WRITING SUPPORT (10%)
Write and edit philanthropy-related content for JGI’s Executive Director, Chairman of the Board, and VP of Development including custom letters and acknowledgements, high-level donor correspondence, special donor gifts, talking points, and presentations related to fundraising and donor engagement as needed.
Draft correspondence to donors and prospective donors on behalf of the senior management team as needed.
Draft background documents, meeting briefings, and talking points for senior staff in advance of donor meetings and events as requested.
Education and Experience
Additional Characteristics and Attributes
The candidate must be an excellent writer and communicator with proven experience in major gift donor proposal and report writing, who can adopt appropriate writing styles for different constituencies and different audience goals, while ensuring the communications are accurate, reflect the mission and values of JGI, and support the goals of the Development team. They must be a deadline driven project manager, who can work in a fun, fast-paced environment and create relationships at all levels in the organization. The Development Writer must have the desire to contribute to a positive culture and is committed to advancing the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute.
At the Jane Goodall Institute we believe that when we can bring our whole selves to work on a day-to-day basis, we become happier, more comfortable, more confident, and more excited to do great things for our organization, each other, and our world.
The Jane Goodall Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to being an organization and a community where people thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work every day. We value attracting diverse talent and we cultivate an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. We strive to be a diverse workforce and believe that forming teams in which everyone can be their authentic selves from all different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives is key to our success.
Come join the Jane Goodall Institute and be a part of a global organization where we are all proud to belong.