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Development Director

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI)
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Website Further Details / Applications
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Development Director

The Marine Environmental Research Institute is seeking an experienced development professional with strong fundraising and communication skills to fill the position of Development Director.

Founded in 1990, the Marine Environmental Research Institute is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and people from the adverse impacts of exposure to toxic chemicals (www.meriresearch.org). The Institute’s research offices are located at the Center for Environmental Studies, Blue Hill, Maine, and its Strategic Communications offices are located in New York City. The Institute produces scientific research and informs the public and policymakers on issues related to its priority concerns: toxic chemicals in indoor and outdoor environments; chemical dispersants used to contain offshore oil spills; and plastic pollution in marine and human food webs.

The organization is poised to expand its research and influence on environmental/public health policy to protect wildlife and people from toxic exposure in the home, the workplace, and the food web. The individual who fills this key position will be instrumental in implementing this strategy. The position will be filled immediately upon finding the ideal candidate on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Job Description
The Development Director will be responsible for securing funding for the Institute’s programs, cultivating funding relationships, and expanding the base of private and public funders. Working closely with the Director, Board of Directors, and Strategic Communications counsel, the Development Director will plan and execute multifaceted fundraising initiatives starting in 2014. The successful candidate will have experience with obtaining federal funding and can spearhead and execute foundation, corporate, and government grant applications, and related reports.

Primary Responsibilities

• Develop a detailed plan of action for fundraising encompassing all areas – research & discovery, strategy, marketing, and timelines
• Provide strong support for the Director in her public role as Founder and CEO
• Work with the Director, Strategic Communications counsel, and key staff to develop and package program initiatives and budgets to fund the Institute’s activities
• Collaborate to produce collateral for fundraising, e.g., case statements, brochures, reports, web copy, specific proposals and approaches
• Produce and manage annual fundraising appeals, special giving programs, events, and campaigns
• Maintain ongoing research on funding prospects and grant opportunities
• Write foundation, corporate, and government grant proposals; manage grants calendar and execute follow up to expand opportunities
• Manage the donor stewardship and fulfillment program; expand the donor base and increase funding from top donors
• Produce power point and audio-visual presentations; deliver presentations to varied audiences to build support for the Institute’s programs
• Serve as a liaison with a growing donor base and help nurture collaborative partnerships with select organizations, academic institutions, government committees, and individuals
• Train board members and staff to be effective promoters of the organization’s mission and programs
• Supervise development support staff


• At least 5 years of experience in development/fundraising
• A passion for protecting the environment and human health
• Proven track record of raising funds for nonprofit organizations, particularly in environmental or health-related areas
• Exceptional verbal communication and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to acquire grants from government agencies (municipal, state, federal) and other organizations
• Strong, established connections with potential donors
• High degree of computer literacy. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, social media, and development software required.
• The successful candidate must enjoy working with a small staff, and balancing multiple tasks in a growing organization

Reports to: Director

To Apply:

To apply for this position, e-mail your resume with a cover letter and contact information for three references to info@meriresearch.org and place Development Director Search Committee in the subject line.

Application deadline:

This position will be filled immediately, on a part-time or full-time basis, upon finding the successful candidate.

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