Career Opportunity:  Development Specialist

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Career Opportunity:  Development Specialist


Nearly a billion people live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1/day. Most of them are subsistence farmers whose farming practices have led to the deforestation of their land and the degradation of their local – and global – environment.

Trees for the Future (TREES) is ending hunger and extreme poverty for farmers in developing nations by generating health, wealth and resilience. Through our “Forest Garden Approach,” we train farmers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that sustainably feed families and raise their incomes by 400%. We receive donations to implement our work in areas where we can have the greatest impact.

Since 1989, with our experience in planting over 180 million trees, we have demonstrated the transformative power of trees in helping smallholder farmers to break out of the poverty trap. Today, our work in East and West Africa is helping to end hunger and poverty by guiding thousands – and soon hundreds of thousands – to grow food and promote economic independence through trees. Learn more at


TREES’ full-time Development Specialist focuses on supporting the Development Team administratively while also serving to grow our work in institutional giving by drafting  proposals and reports for our institutional funders. This is a growing role, as we have an organizational goal of increasing these investments 100% in 2020.  

Currently, TREES is primarily funded through our 320 Business Partners (BPs) and over 6,000 Individual Donors (IDs) of all sizes and representing multiple industries and demographics.  We receive dozens of inquiries weekly and generate a substantial amount of in-bound leads. This position is also responsible for proactive lead generation through going to trade shows, networking and list stewardship and development.  

This position works collaboratively with the entire development team and will help support all of the fundraising efforts of the organization. This position will report directly to the Director of Development and Communications and will focus on managing and growing a portfolio of institutional donors to meet a 2020 revenue target of $7.2M.


  • Updating a target list of institutional donors and accurately recording their path through the pipeline process – keeping track of timelines and deadlines;
  • Assisting in the project management of proposal drafting brainstorms, drafting and outlining budgets to secure institutional funds;
  • Draft reports to current institutional funders;
  • Research and write briefs for pipeline meetings that help us vet the institutional partners we would like to court and steward;
  • Assist with partnership management and build a partnership database that will help us grow our work across the world; and 
  • Assist with administrative and logistical coordination for the development team, including but not limited to travel planning, meeting scheduling, and securing events and exhibit space necessary at prospecting events.

Other administrative tasks will include:

  • Helping to maintain the integrity of the organization’s Salesforce database at all times;
  • Develop a working knowledge of Salesforce to the point of being able to generate reports, design custom workflows, and generally optimizing the tool to streamline business processes and automate administration.


In order to succeed at this position the candidate will be flexible, open to change, a learner, have a positive attitude, be comfortable in a fast paced environment, have high standards, possess excellent people skills, take the initiative and be willing to problem solve, and have the ability to write, communicate and present extremely well.  Candidates need to thrive in a high-communication environment where transparency in activities, brainstorming on ideas are valued. Candidates should also be creative team players who are passionate about TREES’ mission and international development. 

In addition to having demonstrated an ability to do the responsibilities listed in the position description, the ideal applicant has:

  • Sales-oriented spirit. A passion for our mission and a love to steward partners and funders to our work!
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Inclination towards project management and loves tasks and timeline management.
  • Detail-oriented and polished.
  • Ability to relate to and work with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience writing proposals and reports and building out budgets.
  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred.
  • Two years related experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working or volunteering in the developing world preferred.
  • Experience with technology to be able to work in Salesforce databases.


TREES’ holds dear the following organizational values.  Candidates must feel at home exercising these values at work, daily.

  • Accessibility
  • Respect
  • Diversity
  • Learning
  • Possibility
  • Collaboration
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Results

For more details on these values, please reference page 8 of our 2019 Impact Report.


  • Full-Time, At-Will, Exempt
  • Base Salary range is between $45,000 – $50,000 
  • Career development and job-related training
  • Short Term Disability
  • Opportunities to travel
  • This position is entitled to receive health insurance (vision, dental, medical). TREES covers 85% cost of premium;
  • Ten (10) paid holidays annually;
  • Twelve (12) days of vacation accrued according to company policy;
  • Up to seven (7) paid sick days and three (3) paid personal days per year;
  • 403B (401K for nonprofits) with a 5% match after the first year of employment.
  • Maternity, adoption, voting and bereavement leave according to company policy;
  • Career development and job-related training;
  • Additional insurances available as desired through AFLAC;
  • The satisfaction of helping countless families to plant their way out of poverty.

Send your CV, cover letter, salary history and references to with the subject line “Development Specialist”

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Your donation has a direct impact on the earth and lives of the people who need it most. By helping us plant trees, you give families the ability to transition from unsustainable farming techniques to a Forest Garden system. Your donation not only sustains and empowers them, but also changes their lives forever.