Director of Development (SFI)

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Washington, DC

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI® Inc.) stands for the future of forests.

An independent, non-profit organization, SFI ( provides supply chain assurances, produces conservation outcomes, and supports education and community engagement through collaboration with the forest sector, brand owners, conservation groups, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local communities, Indigenous peoples, governments, and universities.

SFI is governed by an independent three-chamber Board of Directors representing environmental, social, and economic sectors equally. SFI believes in engaging all sectors to care for the future of forests that improve everyone’s quality of life.

All of SFI’s programmatic work is focused around four pillars – standards, conservation, education, and community engagement. In 2017, SFI expanded its educational programs through the acquisition of Project Learning Tree (PLT), which helps develop students’ awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the environment. With the addition of PLT, SFI has grown in size, scope, and budget, and it is taking this moment of growth as a deliberate opportunity to expand its fundraising program across the board.

To achieve this growth, SFI seeks an experienced and talented Director of Development who can design, build, and continuously enhance a comprehensive fundraising program that generates revenue to support PLT and SFI’s broader goals of environmental education, community engagement, and conservation. The Director of Development is a new position at SFI.

Reporting to the Chief Education Officer, the Director of Development will work closely with the President and CEO, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Conservation Officer, VP of Community Engagement, VP of Communications, and other staff to carry out an ambitious development strategy. The Director will be responsible for creating a multi-faceted fundraising plan, developing the systems and relationships to support and track progress, and playing the primary role in all phases of donor engagement. In all of these functions, the Director will gradually build a culture of philanthropy at SFI that powerfully supports its conservation mission.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • At least 7 years of experience within a non-profit development program.
  • Proven track record of raising funds from foundations, corporations, individuals at all levels (from online giving to major gifts), and/or government.
  • Familiarity with and passion for environmental education, conservation and sustainability.
  • Positive attitude and high energy level—the ideal candidate will see opportunities, enjoy working cooperatively in a team environment, and prioritize the mission over individual agendas.
  • Ability to develop compelling written, oral and online communications linked to fundraising.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and superior attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of time.

A complete job description is attached. Candidates will apply by using this page to submit a cover letter and resume to DRi.