• Development Officer, Center for Behavior & the Environment

    Job Locations US-VA-Arlington
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    Employee (Full-Time)
  • Position Overview

    Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive. Conservation ultimately comes down to people – their behaviors toward nature, their beliefs about its value, and their ability to protect it without sacrificing basic life needs. And so, conservationists must become as skilled in social change as in science; as committed to community-based solutions as national and international policymaking.


    Over more than three decades, Rare has partnered with local organizations to run more than 400 behavior change projects in nearly 60 countries, promoting community-led adoption of solutions across sustainable coastal fisheries management, fuel-efficient cookstove use, reciprocal water agreements, regenerative agriculture, recycling and waste management, wildlife demand reduction, and more. Rare’s largest current program, Fish Forever, is an innovative global movement to transform coastal fisheries in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique the Philippines and more. Rare launched the Center for Behavior & the Environment in 2017 to bring the best insights from behavioral science and design to tackle some of the world’s most challenging environmental issues. Through partnership with leading academic and research institutions, we are translating the science of human behavior into practical solutions for conservationists worldwide.


    Rare is looking for a creative, entrepreneurial and collaborative “do-er” to develop and manage communications and donor/investor relations for the Center for Behavior & the Environment. The Development and Communications Officer is a critical position that sits at the intersection of two fast-paced and execution-minded units: Development & Communications and the Center for Behavior & the Environment. Reporting to the Vice President overseeing all Individual Giving and Board Relations, and working closely with the Senior Director, Center for Behavior & the Environment, the Officer will embed within the Center for Behavior & the Environment, be a content expert on all Center-related initiatives and will work closely with external partners, senior leadership, and the Development team.


    Core Responsibilities

    The Development and Communications Officer will exercise independent judgment and a collaborative approach regarding the following areas of significance:


    Donor relations and proposal writing

    • Liaise with relevant donor owners in each development segment to manage a portfolio of donors for the Center for Behavior & the Environment and act as the Development team’s content expert for all Center-related proposals and grant reports
    • Write drafts, copy-edit, and assist in the preparation of grant proposals and reports to funders, with a focus on content related to the Center for Behavior & the Environment
    • Conduct donor research and cultivate prospect pipeline
    • Liaise with external partners and donors via email and in person, representing the Center team at various events

     Communications and reporting

    • Design, develop and execute a regular report on the progress of the Center for Behavior & the Environment for key funders, investors and advisors
    • Ensure execution of individual and institutional donor reporting requirements, including preparing/drafting such reports when relevant
    • Collaborate with colleagues and senior leadership to support an external drumbeat promoting the work of the Center for Behavior & the Environment, which includes both communications strategies and the development of content and related marketing assets

    Advisor and investor partnerships management

    • Manage priority external-facing projects for the Center for Behavior & the Environment, to cultivate and engage high-priority investors and donors
    • Support Senior Director and CEO in managing the Center for Behavior & the Environment Advisory Council, including:
      • Developing a strategy for engagement over the next two years and beyond, including dedicated council committees (e.g., science & design, practice, investors)
      • Developing and leading a new Behavior and Environment Investors Committee, a dedicated group of contributors/investors to Rare’s behavioral science for conservation strategies
      • Preparing meeting content, regular communications and planning occasional meetings/events for the group

    Working Relationships

    • Internal – This cross-functional position reports to the Vice President overseeing all Individual Giving and Board Relations, and is embedded within the Center for Behavior & the Environment, maintaining a close working relationship with the Senior Director of that team. S/he interacts frequently with other members of the Center for Behavior & the Environment team as well as other Rare teams in the U.S. and abroad. The position involves relying upon the strength of internal relationships and on proactively engaging teams and individuals as and when needed.
    • External - This position works closely with the Center for Behavior & the Environment Advisory Council, donors, and other partners.


    The ideal candidate will be dynamic, entrepreneurial, and high-energy, with the ability to work productively with a diverse group of experts and donors. S/he should be able to demonstrate prior success in a variety of high-impact initiatives that includes experience managing from conception through completion with explicit outcomes. Experience creating and managing communications with high-priority external partners, and project management skills are prerequisite. S/he will be a quick learner, driven and self-directed, creative and analytical, organized and a strong communicator, with impeccable writing skills. Familiarity with the behavioral and social sciences is preferred. Other qualifications include:

    • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 5 years of relevant experience;
    • Self-motivated (a “self-starter”); optimistic and solution-oriented; innovative and able to work with considerable independence within the context of a team environment and a network of relationships;
    • Excellent track record in developing and managing communications with high-priority external partners;
    • Exceptional writing skills that demonstrate technical competence and an understanding of audience;
    • Demonstrated experience in cultivating and stewarding donor and stakeholder relationships;
    • Exceptional ability in project management and collaborating with different teams to find creative solutions;
    • Superior interpersonal and communications skills including the ability to engage effectively with staff and donors at all levels in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environment;
    • Sound business judgment and ability to manage shifting priorities and competing deadlines to ensure accuracy and high-quality standards
    • Prior experience in an international, cross-cultural work environment with willingness to work flexible hours on an as-needed basis to serve the needs of a global organization with diverse time zones


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