Senior Individual Philanthropy Officer


The Senior IPO will manage a portfolio of major donors to directly increase Rainforest Alliance revenue.

The Rainforest Alliance (RA) is an international nonprofit organization working to build a future in which nature is protected and biodiversity flourishes, where farmers, workers, and communities prosper, and where sustainable land use and responsible business practices are the norm. 

At the Rainforest Alliance, we are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal. To advance our mission, we focus on amplifying our impact on the ground through systemic transformation: change across the entire supply chain, change in the relationship between people and nature, and change within our own organization. We achieve this transformation by working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to create a stronger Alliance. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways. We embrace transparency because we believe that the best way to build trust across our alliance is through openness about our tactics, our impact, and partners on the ground. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

In January 2018, the Rainforest Alliance merged with UTZ, a global program and label for sustainable farming.

Position summary:    
The Senior Individual Philanthropy Officer (IPO) reports to and collaborates closely with the Director of Individual Philanthropy.  The Senior IPO will manage a portfolio of major donors to directly increase Rainforest Alliance revenue.  S/he will also provide coordination and guidance to Rainforest Alliance Senior Staff and Board to ensure quality management of the major donor portfolio. The Senior Individual Philanthropy Officer oversees the Events Team.

Individual Philanthropy
  • Works closely with the Director, Individual Philanthropy, to develop and execute the individual philanthropy program.
  • Manages a portfolio of major donors, including front-line fundraising.
  • Establishes relationships with and solicits, or works with Leadership Team and Board members to solicit, a portfolio of major donors.
  • Develops relationships with the Board, Ambassadors circle, and major donors, playing a significant external representational role.
  • Develops and executes a fundraising and cultivation events strategy and team that maximizes RA visibility and fundraising potential, with heavy focus on the annual RA Gala.
  • Ensures that fundraising and cultivation events strengthen individual philanthropy objectives.
Departmental Leadership and Collaboration
  • Develops Individual Philanthropy Strategy and annual plans with the Director, Individual Philanthropy.
  • Works closely with the Communications team and Donor Communications Associate in messaging and campaign fundraisers.
  • Works closely with the Special Events and the markets teams to coordinate institutional approaches to donors with multiple institutional relationships.
  • Regularly reviews database to assess needs and implement systems to record data effectively; analyzes data each year to inform strategy.
Team Management
  • Oversees a team of two on the Special Events Team.
  • Ensures a cohesive and strategic Individual Philanthropy team.
  • Ensures that the work environment enables staff to be as productive as possible while creating opportunity for growth.
  • Maintains open lines of communication with staff about opportunities, challenges and work load;
  • Facilitates good collaboration of team staff in cross-departmental working groups, ensuring that all key participants in the individual philanthropy and/or special events process understand roles and responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor degree required;
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in individual philanthropy, including extensive contact with donors;
  • Minimum 4 years of managerial development;
  • Experience in fundraising and managing of cultivation events;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills. Experienced, professional and comfortable with in-person, over the phone and electronic solicitations.  Confident negotiation skills;  
  • 5 years’ experience with Development databases, preferably Salesforce. Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner;
  • Dependable and strong attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and on a team, multi-task and work under pressure.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.

How to apply?
Rainforest Alliance has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Please submit your resume and expression of interest to Chris Spagnola, Senior Recruiter, at and Jessica Martinez, Senior Recruiter, at