GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 organizations and individuals in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste. We see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as a symptom of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we promote Zero Waste as a holistic solution and an economic shift toward justice and sustainability.
As concern over plastic pollution has exploded in recent years, interest in Zero Waste has risen exponentially. This increase had led to significant growth for GAIA and its members, especially in the Asia Pacific region. At the same time, GAIA is only scratching the surface of potential funding both in the region as well as internationally. Funders are beginning to see the importance of Zero Waste beyond merely cutting down on plastic pollution, and GAIA’s movement-building approach is starting to attract attention from climate funders. Because the financial needs of Zero Waste will be quite expansive as it scales up, we cannot let this burgeoning interest pass us by and are investing in our fundraising infrastructure.
In support of GAIA’s rapid growth and its untapped potential for further expansion, GAIA is hiring a Resource Mobilization Associate to work out of GAIA’s Asia Pacific office. Although this position’s foremost responsibility will be fundraising for GAIA in the Asia Pacific region, it will also support global fundraising opportunities, especially when they are with grantmakers funding significant portions of GAIA’s Asia Pacific operation. This position will be part of an international team responsible for building and sustaining a foundation of resources for GAIA and its members around the world.
More specifically, GAIA’s Resource Mobilization Associate will:
- Work with GAIA’s program team to procure reports, highlights, and success stories from member organizations, especially those receiving funding from GAIA
- Compile and synthesize information from GAIA members and GAIA program team into clear and persuasive reporting documents, both for donor reporting requirements and for general communications/fundraising purposes
- With input from GAIA leadership, write funding proposals for both renewal grants and potential new funding
- Together with GAIA leadership and program staff identify and develop key program strategies that need funding and/or could be good matches for prospective funding opportunities
- Support international staff in developing reports and proposals for funding that supports GAIA globally
- Follow up on regional fundraising leads and help GAIA leadership foster growing relationships with key regional prospects
- As appropriate, represent GAIA to specific donors and/or facilitate representation to donors by GAIA leadership
- Explore, evaluate, and follow up on potential funding opportunities with institutional grantmakers (foundations, government, etc.)
- Support efforts GAIA’s efforts to finance member projects through impact investing, microfinance, green bonds, and other forms of capital
- Occasionally aid GAIA members and partner organizations with funding proposals
- At least five years of successful experience in institutional fundraising for an NGO, especially one focused on climate, waste, human rights, or other environmental/justice issue
- Excellent writing skills
- Fluent in English
- Unfazed by tight deadlines and willing to put the work in to get something done well even on a tight turnaround
- Strong prioritization and time management skills
- Compelling communicator and storyteller
- Willingness to engage directly with member organizations to secure detailed information on projects for reporting purposes and prep them as needed for potential funder engagements
- Comfortable with public speaking, with an ability to simplify messages and communicate complex issues to external audiences
- Excited about working with a global multicultural alliance, which requires extensive online communication with staff and members (primarily via online tools)
- Strong interpersonal communication skills. Good listener.
- Commitment to environmental health; climate, social, and environmental justice; and GAIA’s mission and core values
LOCATION, COMPENSATION, AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position will be based out of the GAIA Philippines office in Manila, although we are willing to consider applicants with strong qualifications from other locations, preferably in Indonesia or India.
We offer a competitive salary plus benefits, including health insurance, vacation, maternity/paternity leave, and other similar employment protections. We take pride in our ability to support one another’s work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and members.
We are seeking candidates who are excited to make an initial commitment of at least two years to this work. Willingness to travel with frequency is required.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
GAIA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQ persons to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law.
Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Resource Mobilization Associate.” No calls, please. References and writing samples will be requested from successful candidates later in the process.
This position will be open until filled. Applications will be considered as received, with a priority deadline of 21 June 2019.