Development Officer, Foundation Relations

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a full-time Development Officer for Foundation Relations to work in our Chicago office. This is an extraordinary time in which ELPC’s effective legal and policy advocacy is essential for protecting our core environmental values.  This position reports to ELPC’s Director of Development and is responsible for writing compelling and persuasive foundation proposals and compiling grant reports. As part of ELPC’s development team, this person will also provide support for development events and outreach activities as needed.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s premier 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 40+ 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 offices are in Chicago (HQ), seven other Midwest cities and Washington D.C. For more information, please see

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Development Officer reports to the Chief Development Officer and works closely with senior program staff to raise support from foundations. This job focuses on marketing ELPC’s mix of policy and legal advocacy projects to national, regional, state, and local foundations, and includes: (1) Drafting and revising successful grant proposals and letters of inquiry; (2) Working with program staff to develop grant proposal content; and (3) Working closely with program staff to write reports to funders; and (4) Identifying new foundation prospects.

QUALIFICATIONS:  The ability to write strong, persuasive grant proposals and reports.  Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of development experience, preferably in the environmental sector. Prior job experience writing persuasive documents (e.g., journalism, policy advocacy work) is a plus.  The successful candidate will have excellent writing, editing, and interpersonal skills; an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising; and a passion for ELPC’s mission.   He or she must be able to work productively with a team of skilled professionals in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment where attention to details and follow-through are critical.

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

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send: (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) contact information for two professional references to: Kevin Brubaker, with “Development Officer” in the subject line.  Telephone inquiries are not accepted.  ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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