ELPC Development Officer – Individual Giving

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a Development Officer focused on expanding ELPC’s individual giving program. This new full-time position will be primarily responsible for securing new and increased contributions from individuals and family foundations through direct asks, events, mail/email appeals, and establishing and cultivating a pipeline of individual and family foundation donors. The Development Officer will be based in ELPC’s Chicago office (with some travel across the Midwest) and reports to the Director of Development.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, along with offices in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Duluth, MN, Grand Rapids, MI, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C. ELPC started in 1993 and has an annual budget of $7.5 million. Please see www.elpc.org.


  • The current vision for this position includes contributing at least $300,000 in annual revenue (both new and increased donations) to the organization through a combination of strategies:
  • Maintain and grow an existing portfolio of about 100 current individual donors who support ELPC at the $1,000 level and above;
  • Establish and continuously refresh a pipeline of smaller donors (lapsed, current and new) to be cultivated into increased giving;
  • Identify and execute donor engagement opportunities through various channels (ex: email campaigns, individual or conference calls, in-person meetings), with graduating time investment for high-level donors;
  • Collaborate with the Communications team and the Director of Development to create exciting and dynamic events, both in our office event space and off-site, that directly engage individual donors with ELPC’s work;
  • Work with the Director of Development to support the goals of ELPC’s annual fund and annual fundraising event;
  • Create informative solicitation materials for donors, including grant proposals and reports;
  • Maintain details of donor interactions in ELPC’s donor database;
  • Collaborate with development support staff to devise data-driven strategies to identify, cultivate and steward individual donors.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum 4-6 years of nonprofit fundraising experience (with demonstrated success in raising money from individuals)
  • A demonstrated history of active engagement in environmental issues (prior jobs, education, training, etc.) and passion for ELPC’s programs, mission and vision
  • Efficient, concise and persuasive writing skills, and experience with highly collaborative editing processes
  • Relentless attention to detail, active participation in team strategy discussions, ability to prioritize and work productively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, a constant curiosity about ELPC’s diverse and quickly-evolving projects, and a high-energy approach to connecting individual supporters with ELPC’s work through their own passions and interests.
  • Ability to travel as needed (in the Chicago area and occasionally throughout the Midwest) and work some night and weekend events.

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other major public interest environmental organizations.  Excellent benefits provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Preference will be given to applications received by July 5, 2016. Applications must include: (1) cover letter, (2) resume; (3) contact information from two – three references; (4) salary history; and (5) fundraising writing sample to. Send to:  ELPC’s Director of Development, Linda Lipton, at Llipton@elpc.org.

ELPC is an equal opportunity employer seeking to improve the diversity of its staff and encourages individuals underrepresented in the environmental advocacy community to apply.

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