The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers.
Working as part of an international team of ten fundraising professionals, the Associate, Government Relations will be responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies for bi-lateral and multilateral agencies including USAID, IDB and GEF. He/she will manage a distinct donor portfolio with the goal of securing revenue to support the Rainforest Alliance’s international field work, in particular for projects in Latin America. This position plays a key role in building relationships with donor agencies, partners and contractors and monitoring/researching opportunities for funding from government programs. The Associate, Government Relations will regularly participate in meetings and negotiations with bilateral/multilateral donors and collaborate closely with Rainforest Alliance field staff to develop high quality proposals.
- Engage regularly with contacts at key donor agencies to stay apprised of bilateral and multilateral funding programs and opportunities in the areas of international development, poverty alleviation and environmental conservation;
- Write, adapt and edit proposals and concept papers for international field projects and programs, with a focus on Latin America;
- Manage the editing and quality control process of proposals and concept papers in his/her portfolio;
- Assist in the development and implementation of overall strategy to win bilateral and multilateral funding that will help ensure the institutional relations team meets its yearly budgetary goals;
- Carefully manage all funders and prospects in his/her portfolio, tracking budgetary projections for each within donor database;
- Contribute to prospect research on new donor agencies for funding mechanisms from multilateral and governments, monitor key government websites and newsletters for open calls for proposals, and analyze and summarize potential opportunities for review by the team;
- Work closely with colleagues on the institutional relations team who are based in New York, Washington D.C., and London to coordinate on larger fundraising strategies and ensure complementary actions;
- Coordinate telephone and in-person donor meetings; and
- Other tasks as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree a plus;
- Minimum of 4 years’ experience with at least 3 years of program development or government grant writing experience;
- Written and oral Spanish language fluency required. Additional language proficiency a plus (Portuguese, French, German);
- Experience in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, work environment – preferably within a global organization;
- High degree of organizational skill, including the ability to manage multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as be an effective team member;
- Experience with/knowledge of conservation and/or community development issues preferred;
- Must be a strong writer that is detail oriented, resourceful, and able to work under tight deadlines;
- Experience working with budgets and financial reports;
- High degree of skill in using MS Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) required; and
- Experience with Salesforce or Luminate preferred.
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