Institutional Advancement Officer/Grant Writer - ​Point Blue Conservation Science

Point Blue Conservation Science Advancement

15 Nov 2017

Point Blue Conservation Science


Institutional Advancement / Grant Writing



3 - 5 years

This position is the perfect opportunity for a passionate, highly-driven fundraiser interested in developing successful, symbiotic philanthropic relationships to increase funding acheiving climate-smart conservation initiatives in Point Blue’s Strategic Plan.  

Reporting to the Director of Institutional Philanthropy, the Institutional Advancement Officer will help expand and maintain existing foundation, corporation, and agency support. The current institutional portfolio provides nearly $4 million annual funds, with a goal for growth. This key professional will work in partnership with members of the advancement team and across the organization on donor-centered fundraising strategies.

About Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue)

Located in Petaluma, CA, Point Blue is a growing and internationally renowned nonprofit with over160 staff and seasonal scientists. Our highest priority is to reduce the impacts of accelerating changes in climate, land-use and the ocean while promoting climate-smart conservation for a healthy future.  Point Blue advances conservation for wildlife and people through science, partnerships and outreach. Our scientists work closely with wildlife and habitat managers, private land owners, ranchers, farmers, other scientists, major conservation groups, and federal, state, and local government agencies and officials. We understand that real solutions come from working together. For more information, please visit

Position Overview:

  • Establishes strategy and objectives with the Director of Institutional Philanthropy;  implements efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward corporate, agency and foundation supporters to maintain and grow current portfolio of 40-50 donors to achieve annual fundraising goals
  • Executes objectives through coordinated research and strategy development with the Director, Advancement team, and science staff leaders
  • Develops and maintains effective, long-term relationships and facilitates funder cultivation; presents to grantors Point Blue programs and priorities; plans and implements events and meetings to introduce key donor contacts to conservation program experts and Point Blue leadership
  • Using programmatic, science information writes grant proposals, reports, and other programmatic materials for corporate and foundation funders
  • Complies with and meets deadlines for reporting requirements concerning the progress and outcomes of funded projects and activities; gathers comprehensive and accurate information on the outcomes/impacts of funded activities
  • Ensures excellent grantor communications and grant tracking by maintaining accurate records in Raiser’s Edge and in donor files
  • Creates and monitors revenue and expense budget for area of responsibility; coordinates with finance department to ensure proper recording of grant agreements and revenue

Qualifications and Requirements:

  •   Strong commitment to the mission of Point Blue; passionate about conservation, education, ecology, or natural resources
  • At least 3 years of professional fundraising, grant/proposal writing experience in a non-profit setting, with record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations and foundations, or a combination of education and relevant professional experience, ideally for another conservation or scientific organization
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful five-­ and six­-figure grant proposals; ability to organize and synthesize complex scientific and technical information succinctly
  • Experience conducting extensive prospect research; demonstrated aptitude for initiating and building relationships with prospective corporate and foundation donors
  • Knowledge of corporate and foundation fundraising strategies and techniques and the methods/procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of these funders
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite; effective and efficient data management experience (Raiser’s Edge preferred)
  • Thorough knowledge of the local, regional, and national funding landscape
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; outstanding written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects and deadlines while maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Sense of humor and can-­do attitude

Working Conditions / Physical Environment:

  • Regularly sits at a desk or computer workstation
  • Frequently moves about the office to collaborate with colleagues
  • Visual capacity to work with/at a computer station for extended periods of time.
  • Occasionally lifts, carries or otherwise moves objects weighing up to 30 lbs.
  • Occasional weekend and evening responsibilities
  • Periodic travel; locally / nationally, but predominately within California; must have valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • May walk on uneven ground while working off-site

Please provide a cover letter along with your resume / work experience.