Interim Relationship Manager, Philanthropy (6 month contract) | WWF
Interim Relationship Manager, Philanthropy (6 month contract)

Posted on 14 August 2018

Location: WWF International office in Gland, Switzerland
WWF launched a new strategy that harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focussing on six major goals - water, wildlife, the ocean, climate and energy, forests, and food – and three key drivers of environmental problems – markets, finance and governance.
In support of this strategy WWF undertook a redesign of its international secretariat that will further unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This will help WWF to build stronger partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals.
We are recruiting for a short term need the role of Interim Relationship Manager, Philanthropy for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


WWF International office in Gland, Switzerland

Mission of the Department:

To raise funds for the Secretariat, WWF’s conservation programme, and support collective fundraising efforts by the national offices.

The Role:

Support the Director, Fundraising and the team in planning and implementing all fundraising and development initiatives targeting major donors and trusts/foundations for the for WWF global priority conservation work.
Manage his/her own Major Donor portfolio of WWF’s major donors and prospects to generate significant gifts towards the annual income targets.
Raise funds from major donors for other priority initiatives for WWF as defined in the strategic plan.

Main responsibilities:

In collaboration with the Director, Philanthropy and for a period of 6 months:
  • Manage a portfolio of WWF major donors and prospects in order to generate and maintain significant gifts for WWF’s conservation work
  • Develop and maintain an annual major donor strategy and workplan, including tracking and monitoring prospects and donors through all phases: identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and renewal
  • Identify new major donor prospects and assist in creating strategies for approaching and cultivating them
  • Prepare strategy and briefing documents for meetings with major donors, cultivation events for individuals, and manage follow-up activities to secure major gifts
  • Provide the Director General, senior volunteers, Programme staff, the Global Fundraising Executive Director, the Director, Philanthropy and Programme staff with all relevant information about WWF donors with whom they maintain relationships, keeping them up to date on donor activities
  • Prepare and present highly customized, compelling funding proposals to major gift prospects
  • Prepare cultivation and solicitation meetings, ensure that the relationship team is prepared and coordinated to secure major gifts
  • Manage cultivation and stewardship activities of existing major donors to increase their affinity and grow their support for WWF
  • Work closely with other WWF colleagues and national offices to coordinate the complexities of major partners’ collaboration and donor management
  • Work with legacy donors to maintain their information and help to grow this income stream

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:

  • Minimum undergraduate university degree
  • At least 7 years’ experience in major donor fundraising from high net worth individuals
  • Proven track record of generating significant (5-figure) gifts from high net worth individuals, preferably in the context of an international NGO (INGO)
  • Experience and expertise in developing relationships with major donors and crafting major donor strategies to secure results
  • Experience working with legacy or bequest programme fundraising a plus
  • Strong diplomatic skills with sensitivity to political issues
  • High ethical standards of behavior, good judgment, respect for others, confidentiality and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and oral presentation skills in French and English
  • Strong interpersonal and communicating skills in a multicultural environment
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Energetic, proactive and capable of working independently as well as being an active member of the team
  • Flexible and creative with an aptitude for solving problems; positive attitude
  • Fluency in written and oral French and English, other European languages an advantage
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviours in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly

How to apply?

Upload, as one file, your covering letter and CV on Linkedin. We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.
Work permit restrictions may apply.

Deadline for applications: 14th August 2018
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.