Development Officer (FFAR)

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Washington, DC

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is seeking a Development Officer to help build a comprehensive fundraising program that supports efforts to create a 21st-century food system that can sustainably feed a projected 9.7 billion people by 2050.

FFAR builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing 21st-century food and agriculture challenges. The Foundation was established by the federal Farm Bill passed in 2014 and charged with complementing and furthering the important work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by supporting agricultural research activities focused on addressing key problems of national and international significance.

The bill creating FFAR established an original budget of $200M for investment in research and charged FFAR with leveraging those funds with equal or matching non-federal dollars. This budget, which will fund FFAR’s operations through 2019, has been paired with $90M in matching support in FFAR’s first two years. As the renewal of federal funding is debated in the Congressional budget and appropriations process, FFAR has simultaneously begun building a private philanthropy program to create an independent financial reserve. The goal of the development department is to increase annual non-matching gifts and grants to $15M.

FFAR is seeking a Development Officer to help build a comprehensive private fundraising program. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Officer is responsible for proactively cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and prospects to secure significant programmatic support as well as unrestricted revenue. As a key member of the development team, the Officer will independently manage a donor portfolio and work closely with the Director to plan and implement FFAR’s overall programmatic giving and fundraising strategy. The Officer plays an important role in ensuring FFAR raises the necessary funds to support its operations and programs.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible development experience, including at least 3 years of experience securing major program gifts and grants.
  • At least some experience in a research or higher education environment; experience in national organizations and/or organizations with significant federal funding is a plus.
  • Track record of soliciting and closing major program gifts and grants from all constituencies.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all phases of donor pipeline management and demonstrated talent in relationship building.
  • Experience conceptualizing, planning, and implementing a strategic approach to packaging the work of researchers and scholars for institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of fundraising database management.
  • Bachelor’s degree.