Who We Are
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 deforestation, hunger and extreme poverty for farmers in developing nations. 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 nearly 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 over ten thousand families – and soon hundreds of thousands – to grow food and promote economic independence through trees. Learn more at www.trees.org.
The Director of Business Development is responsible for growing annual support year-to-year. Trees for the Future has a scaling strategy that requires increasing levels of donor support in the coming years. This position will report to the Executive Director and will collaborate heavily with others on the leadership team, including staff and board members.
Along with a deep passion to change millions of lives, the Director of Business Development will need exceptional people skills with a fearless ability to inspire and persuade more donors to make significant investments in Trees for the Future.
The Director of Business Development will need to be a thoughtful manager of the development team, mentoring a team of associates who manage the digital strategy, individual donor cultivation, corporate cause marketing, and grants from a variety of foundations and institutions.
Continually builds the pipeline over a multi-year period, staying apprised of developments in the field. Conducts research on various private and public sources of funding, including foundations, corporations, state, federal and local agencies, and attends informational events.
Collaborate with TREES staff to identify areas of strategic alignment, creating fundraising plans and soliciting requests for proposals.
Provides stewardship to funders by ensuring appropriate grant acknowledgement and recognition and provides frequent written reports leveraging existing resources and data.
Creates, fosters and maintains effective relationships with funding organizations, volunteers, board members, community leaders, prospective donors, and all TREES staff.
Thinks creatively about innovative grant solutions that meet TREES’ impact goals and objectives.
The ideal candidate will also possess the following personal and professional attributes:
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field. Master’s Degree, MBA, preferred.
- Eight-plus years of fundraising experience
- Team player with enthusiasm to lead a team of professionals
- Strong belief in TREES’ mission and culture.
- Public and private sector experience
- Strong public speaking and presentation skills
- Ability to embody TREES’ values of Accessibility, Respect, Diversity, Learning, Possibility, Collaboration, Entrepreneurialism and Results
- Strong writing skills. Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and able to navigate donor portals. Familiarity with Salesforce highly desirable.
- Familiarity working in international agricultural development is highly desirable.
- French or a second language preferred but not necessary.
- This position is entitled to receive health insurance (vision, dental, medical). TREES covers 85% of the 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;
- 403 B (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.