Development Officer

Seas At Risk
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 06

Position description

Seas At Risk (SAR) is an umbrella organisation of environmental organisations from across Europe, working together to ensure that life in our seas and oceans is abundant, diverse, climate resilient, and not threatened by human activities. Our mission is to promote ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level. With over 30 members representing the majority of European countries, Seas At Risk speaks for millions of citizens that care deeply about the health and well-being of seas and oceans.

Headquartered in Brussels, Seas At Risk has strong connections with the European institutions and with the UN and regional bodies responsible for seas and oceans, as well as with other like-minded organisations in Europe and around the world. This, together with our expertise and solid membership base, makes Seas At Risk a powerful voice, championing the cause of healthy seas and oceans for over 30 years.

The SAR Secretariat currently comprises 17 staff members and 2 interns. We are a diverse team but share a passion for the sea. We are currently working on issues as diverse as marine protected areas, fisheries, deep-sea mining, shipping, marine litter and EU-level marine environment policies.

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The role

SAR is seeking a development officer to support and further develop our fundraising efforts and donor relations (institutional funders, esp. European Union LIFE programme, and philanthropic foundations). The development officer will work across the organisation in close collaboration with the policy teams and communication team, under the supervision of the Operations Director.

Main responsibilities

  • In coordination with the executive director and other relevant staff, develop a resourcing strategy and implement it;
  • In coordination with the Executive/Policy Director and project leaders, maintain relationships with existing donors and respond to their requests regularly;
  • Do donor prospect research, monitor donor websites and identify and inform donor opportunities matching the work of the organisation and assessing new opportunities and monitoring existing ones;
  • In coordination with the relevant project leaders, support tracking project progress ensuring relevant staff are aware of benchmark dates and reporting requirements;
  • Work closely with project teams to contribute to high quality funding applications, “Letters of Inquiry” and concept notes in accordance with donor guidelines, in an effort to secure funding;
  • In coordination with the relevant staff, ensure an effective management of the grant application processes;
  • Develop a reporting process and support project reporting to donors;
  • Contribute to overall organisational development and other SAR work areas when needed.

Qualification, experience, knowledge

  • A master’s degree in a related subject;
  • At least 2 years of experience working in a similar fundraising role;
  • Proven experience of writing successful funding applications;
  • Experience in developing and implementing a fundraising strategy;
  • Strong ability of building and maintaining donor relations;
  • Excellent copywriting and editing skills and an ability to communicate complex subjects simply and persuasively;
  • Experience in developing and monitoring budgets is desired;
  • Proficient in English, other additional languages an advantage;
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a varied workload often to tight deadlines;
  • Experience in an international (EU) NGO preferred;
  • Experience with EU funding, in particular with the LIFE programme, is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the (environmental) philanthropy landscape;
  • A passion for the ocean and environmental conservation, and a demonstrable understanding of environmental issues.


  • Good communicator and negotiator, capable of dealing with a wide range of people;
  • Team player and able to work independently as well;
  • Output oriented, proactively seeking out solutions and taking initiatives;
  • Committed to quality;
  • Strong organisational ability;
  • Flexible.

What we offer

Seas At Risk offers the opportunity to work in a growing NGO with a stimulating, informal, flexible and multicultural working environment, with an attractive salary package.

The post is based in Brussels, full time, to start as soon as possible.

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