Deputy Development Director – Rainforest Action Network – San Francisco, CA

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) challenges corporate practices that threaten our forests and our climate, protects the rights of communities that depend on these resources, and promotes forward thinking strategies to preserve of our planet. A core principle in that effort is our commitment to finding systemic solutions that do not promote or continue systems of oppression or injustice.

As a core member of RAN’s seven-person development team, the Deputy Development Director (DEP) plays a hands-on role in several key areas of the department, including being responsible for (1) securing grants from foundations to support an annual organizational income of $5+ million; (2) engaging individual donors to participate in RAN’s planned giving program; (3) overseeing Development team’s financials, including monthly reconciliations and updated revenue/expense forecasts; (4) direct line management of RAN’s Foundations Coordinator and Individual Giving Coordinator; and ongoing support of Development Director to ensure overall team success and effectiveness.

In this role, the Deputy Development Director works closely with individuals from across the organization, including several members of RAN’s Leadership Team. With support from the Foundation Coordinator, he/she will work closely with RAN’s program staff and Executive Director to cultivate relationships with foundations’ staff to ensure continued and increased giving on an annual basis. He/she will work with a third party contractor to execute the Planned Giving strategy with the aim of demonstrating consistent annual growth. He/she will also work closely with other members of RAN’s development and communications teams to help produce collateral and communications that can be used to cultivate both institutional and individual giving.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone interested in developing his/her leadership skills while bringing an in-depth expertise of institutional fundraising to a well-diversified development department.


The successful candidate for the position will identify with RAN’s mission, and have a strong interest in environmental, human rights and/or climate change issues. She/he will have superior writing and editing skills, and be able to communicate authoritatively about a range of topics, including climate change, deforestation and human rights injustice. She/he must be an excellent project manager, extremely organized and a strong communicator. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record, having solicited grants from foundations in the six to seven figures range; be adept at working with senior management and be comfortable in “managing up” to ensure desired outcomes; and have the ability to navigate the details in the context of the whole.


Write and edit content for all proposal and report submissions to foundations;

Work with other departments to ensure timely input from other RAN staff on all proposals and reports;

Initiate processes to cultivate funding from new and lapsed foundations and consult with campaign directors and Executive Director to decide what component of RAN’s work to pitch;

Consult with Executive Director and campaign directors about cultivation plans and next steps to steward funding from foundations;

Create and implement annual fundraising plan to cultivate and steward new or repeating gifts from institutional donors (includes sending reminders to individuals to call/email, setting up introductory meetings, writing content for introductory emails, etc.)

Keep RAN’s program directors team abreast of all activity in foundations, including variances between actual funding received and projected monthly income;

Oversee team reconciliation and re-forecast process on a monthly basis and ensure results are clearly communicated to RAN’s COO and Development Director;

Meet monthly with third party consultant to develop and actualize all Planned Giving strategies;

Ensure Development Director has planned giving prospects clearly identified for cultivation into RAN’s Legacy Society;

Meet with campaign directors on a quarterly basis to review list of prospects and develop cultivation plan;

Supervise, train and mentor Foundations Coordinator and Individual Giving Coordinator;

Meet weekly with Foundations Coordinator and Individual Giving Coordinator to provide support and ensure ongoing progress;

Work with Development Director to ensure team effectiveness and overall success.

RAN strives to integrate values of equity and fairness into our work, which includes bringing an intentional racial justice analysis to our programmatic work and organizational structure. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this ongoing process and work with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world. RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities. We encourage applicants of color to apply for this position.

Salary is competitive for the non-profit market. Benefits include full medical(employer funded Health Savings Account) coverage, VSP & dental insurance, 4 weeks PTO (increases to 5 weeks after 2 years), and a Simple IRA retirement plan with a 3% fully vesting employer match. Additionally, after 5 years, eligible for a 3 month fully paid sabbatical.

Please send resume and letter of interest to: HR, Rainforest Action Network, 425 Bush St., Suite 300, SF, CA 94108, fax 415.398.2732, or e-mail: No phone calls, please.

Supervisor: Development Director

Status: FTE, Benefitted

Location: San Francisco