Development Associate

Forest Stewardship Council Investments & Partnerships (FSC I&P)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Mar 22

Position description

Are you a driven, organized and detail-oriented professional who is passionate about being part of the solution to combat climate change and protect biodiversity? Would you like to work for an international organization working to realize the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals while protecting and preserving the world’s forests?

FSC Investments and Partnerships (FSC I&P) is seeking a Development Associate to support fundraising and related activities to further FSC’s mission to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

The Development Associate is full-time (40 hours/week), non-exempt and based out of FSC I&P’s Seattle office (5101 14th Ave NW). Most staff follow a hybrid virtual and in-person schedule. Remote work is possible in this role, though a Seattle-area applicant is preferred.

The position reports directly to FSC I&P’s Development & Communications Manager.

About FSC and FSC Investments & Partnerships

In the early 1990s, an international group of leaders in business, human rights and the environment came together to develop standards for managing forests. These visionaries were responding to the many dire threats to the world’s forests and established the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

FSC certification tells you that the products that come from forests that have been responsibly managed according to a robust set of guidelines benefiting the environment and society. The standards include limiting the number of trees removed, restricting highly hazardous pesticides, and protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as wildlife and habitats.

FSC I&P is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 2016 with a commitment to amplify responsible forest management and innovation. FSC I&P collaborates with FSC offices around the world and the International Secretariat in Bonn, Germany, to deliver on its common mission.

About the Position

The scope of the role will include research, engagement, and solicitations to corporate, government, and philanthropic entities as well as individuals. The position will provide the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Development Manager, and other key staff with support as needed to assist in fundraising efforts.

About You

You are focused, detail-oriented, and excited to work with colleagues around the world. You take initiative and can multi-task and work in a fun, exciting environment with multiple priorities. You are motivated by working in a team to accomplish your assignments and see the organization succeed. You are curious about your work. You are enthusiastic about building your knowledge by working with a senior team of fundraisers engaging some of the world’s most prominent funders.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Participate in the “Moves Management” approach to fundraising, including prospecting, engagement, creating appeals, achieving gifts and stewardship
  • Contribute to the organization’s development performance by using Objectives & Key Results (OKR) planning tools and contributing to the overarching FSC I&P goals
  • Support and lead on internal and external meeting preparation
  • Lead on tracking fundraising progress through pipeline reporting across the organization
  • Support on social media, donor communications, blog posts, and other engagement strategies
  • Help maintain tracking systems and meet reporting requirements for donors
  • Ensure accurate and up-to-date fundraising record keeping for the global organization
  • Develop proposals and other formal and informal requests for support
  • Contribute to relevant communication efforts with the FSC International Board of Directors, FSC I&P Leadership Council, key volunteers and the global FSC communications team
  • Support on managing CRM databases and assisting other staff with database management
  • Process and acknowledge gifts accurately and in a timely manner
  • Maintain consistent presence and availability during regular working hours
  • Professionally interact with colleagues, members of the public and business associates
  • Comply with all organizational policies and applicable laws
  • Perform other duties as requested, delegated, or assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in nonprofit development or a relevant field such as nonprofit management, policy or political science, environmental sciences/studies, geography, or international relations
  • Two years of non-profit development work or similar experience
  • Database experience and knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro; experience with Salesforce and/or Asana preferred
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Appreciation of working with colleagues from around the world
  • A sense of curiosity, willingness to ask critical questions, and ability to anticipate of the needs of the organization while bringing a solution-oriented attitude to all challenges
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative without instruction
  • Ability to occasionally work hours that accommodate colleagues in time zones around the world
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English. Spanish and/or French is a plus.
  • Top-notch organizational skills
  • Strong meeting facilitation skills and comfort working with colleagues on video calls
  • Track record of success with priority setting in a complex organizational setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, empathy and diplomacy as part of a global team effort, in a multicultural and multi-institutional/stakeholder environment.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Not sure you meet all qualifications? Research shows that women and members of underrepresented groups tend not to apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when in fact they often do.

FSC I&P is committed to building an organization and team, supporting leaders, and developing policies that embrace diversity, foster an environment of inclusion, and enhance equity. We believe that differences in backgrounds, in experiences, in perspectives, and in identities lead to stronger organizations, stronger teams, and stronger, more effective solutions for forests and the people that call them home. We value diversity across multiple dimensions, including but not limited to race, color, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief, disability status, and age.

Work Conditions & Physical Requirements

FSC I&P is based in Seattle, Washington, and applicants who currently or plan to live there will be prioritized. Travel is minimal.

The employee will spend most working hours in an indoor office environment and may be subjected to moderate noise. This position will require occasional travel to internal or external events, which may be indoors or outdoors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be regularly required to sit, stand, or speak for extended periods of time and spend full days using their hands to operate a computer. The employee will need to occasionally work hours that accommodate colleagues in time zones around the world.

Application instructions

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills and excitement for this role.  Please reference “Development Associate - [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until April 5, 2024. 

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