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National Environmental Education Foundation

Employment at NEEF

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Development Director

Nature of Position: The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), a national leader in building public environmental literacy, is seeking an energetic self-starter to lead a two-person development team. The Development Director is responsible for planning, developing, and maintaining a comprehensive private and public sector fundraising program on behalf of NEEF and to advance the mission and vision established by the Board of Directors. The Director, under direction of the President, staffs and coordinates the efforts of the Board’s Development and Marketing Committee.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and implement NEEF’s fundraising strategy that reflects NEEF’s long-term business plan.
  • Develop strategies for and coordinate all fundraising activities of the Foundation in keeping with its short- and long-term annual fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Work collaboratively with staff members to identify avenues of economic support for programs/projects.
  • Oversee the creation, implementation and management of development strategies and systems to meet identified fundraising goals in each program.
  • Work closely with program staff to ensure goals are met. Expand and develop strategies that identify, educate, involve and cultivate existing and prospective donors.
  • Supervise prospect research and develop relationships with prospective foundations, corporations and individuals that lead to direct solicitations.
  • Prepare proposals and implement grant application and reporting process. Carry out direct solicitations of donations in close collaboration with NEEF’s President.
  • Work with senior management to ensure that any fundraising issues, such as a conflict with our charter, are resolved.
  • Actively engage development manager as a full team member in donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Maintain knowledge about the external environment as it relates to environmental education.

Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Provide oversight to development manager, outside consultants, interns, fellows and volunteers as needed.
  • Develop annual development budget, track department budget and regularly coordinate with finance and administration team.
  • Represent the Foundation in meetings with potential funding sources.
  • Become well versed in NEEF core programs and messages and share them externally in networking opportunities.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in planning, finance, communications or management.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience, including knowledge of Annual Giving, Capital Campaigns, Cause Marketing, Foundation/Corporate solicitations, Deferred Giving, Communications and Special Events.
  • Knowledge of new fundraising approaches such as crowdfunding and text-to-give strategies.
  • At least 5 years of management experience, preferably 10 years.
  • Proven capacity to build teams. Proven fundraising experience.
  • Familiarity with the environmental issues and the environmental education and education communities.
  • Experience in the latest web and internet communication strategies. Knowledge of marketing strategies and techniques.
  • Knowledge of long-range planning process.
  • General knowledge of finance, including ability to read and understand financial data such as budgets.

The following skills and abilities: the ability to work collaboratively; superb ability to write and edit effectively; ability to communicate written and spoken work with tact, diplomacy and authority; good organizational skills; well disciplined; ability to work under pressure with many priorities and deadlines; and good managerial skills.

Salary: The salary is commensurate with your experience and the Foundation has competitive benefits.

To apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to and include Development Director in the subject line. Applications without salary requirements or desired salary range will not be considered.



Earth Gauge Intern

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, is seeking an intern for its weather and environment program, Earth Gauge. Earth Gauge, a partnership with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), provides weathercasters with the resources they need to present a range of environmental and climate topics on-air, online, in social media and in community outreach. Currently, Earth Gauge reaches The Weather Channel, AccuWeather and more than 250 weathercasters, radio broadcasters and journalists in 120 cities across the United States with a free weekly email that ties a range of environmental topics to the local forecast; environmental tips for the public; information about observed impacts of climate change; and online climate and environmental continuing education courses tied to AMS certification requirements.

Responsibilities: The Earth Gauge intern will research and write new content for the weekly Earth Gauge email, focusing on water and water quality topics including Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) awareness, low impact development and green infrastructure, citizen science, drinking water, climate change and Climate-Ready Estuaries, water conservation and more. The intern will also assist in conceptualizing graphics related to new content. The intern will assist with tracking and monitoring Earth Gauge usage by television stations and other program partners, as well as with website updates and special projects as needed.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a background in environmental science, atmospheric science, natural resources or a related field. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to translate complex science concepts into understandable terms that can be relayed to the public. Applicants should have strong computer and research skills, and be able to work independently and in collaboration with our small team.

Start Date: Flexible. The intern will be expected to work 15-20 hours per week; hours are flexible within organization operating hours (9:00a – 5:00p).

Pay: This is a paid internship. Interns will earn a modest hourly rate.

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Please refer to 'Earth Gauge Intern' in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. No phone calls, please.