Forum for the Future | Development Manager US

Salary: ca $70,000 to 80,000, dependent on experience

Benefits: various opportunities for flexible working, generous time off policies, and other sector-competitive benefits.

Candidates must have a valid right to work in the US.


Do you want to maximize the contribution of the US philanthropic community in driving innovation and transforming systems to shape a different, better future?

We are looking for a creative, proactive, adaptable Development Manager experienced in building strategic funding relationships and networks within a global organization to join our growing fundraising and communications team.

This is a new role within Forum and provides an opportunity to work as part of a team of passionate changemakers within a leading international sustainability non-profit. You will be joining the team at an exciting time of growth, with significant expansion in Asia and the US.


About Forum

Forum for the Future is a leading global sustainability non-profit with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai.

For over 20 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future.

As an international leader in practical systems change Forum contributes to tackling critical global challenges, including a current focus on:

  • Keeping global warming within 1.5ºC of pre-industrial levels
  • Providing enough food for everyone, produced in a sustainable and affordable way
  • Ensuring the supply chains we rely on for goods and services are resilient and equitable
  • Inspiring and equipping individuals and organizations to drive positive change more systemically.


About the global development team

This role sits within Forum’s small global development team which leads Forum’s fundraising, communications and marketing activities. Our aim is to raise our brand profile, build long-term funding relationships and grow income to drive systems change for sustainability.

About the role

You will lead on implementing the US fundraising strategy and grow income for our programs around the world from major US-based foundations and individual philanthropists. You will also support efforts to help the philanthropic community to leverage their investments and impact in more systemic ways.

In addition, you will play a key role in supporting the US team in equipping and empowering philanthropic audiences in driving systemic change through delivery of engagement and fundraising events, communications and thought leadership.

Based in Brooklyn, you will report to the Chief Development and Communications Officer in London and work closely with our global teams and with our dynamic US-based team.

About You

The Development Manager will be an experienced, intuitive and strategic relationship builder with excellent communication skills, able to leverage Forum’s funding relationships and networks, and to work effectively across a matrixed structure, geographies, and external partner organizations.

You will be creative and resilient with an adaptive mindset, able to support income growth and organizational development within the context of ongoing change. You will also be a highly organised multi-tasker able to manage multiple priorities.

You will also bring an understanding of, and a passion for, the change we are trying to create.

Your experience:

  • A significant track record of securing grants from US and international trusts and foundations, and donations from high net worth individual donors, preferably in the sustainability field.
  • A sound knowledge of the US philanthropic environment with experience of prospect research and funder pipeline development.
  • Fundraising in an international organization, with at least some of that experience in a key decision-making role.

You have a demonstrated ability to: 

  • Network with senior leaders in philanthropic and corporate sectors.
  • Successfully navigate complex relationships and multi-stakeholder environments.
  • Work with program staff to develop and write compelling, strategic proposals for funding and to report on existing grants.
  • Tell stories that inspire support and engage philanthropic audiences in acting on key issues.
  • Use a relationship management system (CRM) to drive fundraising success.
  • Enable yourself and others to prioritize the right things, in the right way, at the right time. If you can bring all this and more – we would love to hear from you!

Application process 

To find out more details about this vacancy please read the job description

To apply for this role, please send your up-to-date resume and a cover letter to [email protected] 

You should clearly explain your motivation for applying for the post and provide specific evidence demonstrating how you meet the required capabilities as detailed in the job description. We will not consider applications without cover letters tailored to this opportunity. This information will be used to decide whether or not to invite you for interview. Your cover letter should be no longer than two A4 pages. 

Forum for The Future US values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bi-cultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status or medical condition.

We kindly ask you not to attach or insert your photograph in your resume or cover letter, nor put your name or surname anywhere in the letter. By removing these details from the application, it helps our recruiting team to evaluate people on their skills and experience instead of factors that can lead to unconsciously biased decisions.

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Closing date for applications: 11:59 pm GMT on February 10, 2020. 

Please note we are unable to respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within the three weeks of the closing date, please assume we are not taking your application further.