Director of Development, Verified Carbon Standard

The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program was launched in November 2007 and is now well established as the leading global greenhouse gas (GHG) certification program in the voluntary carbon market. Our primary objective has been to bring standardization, transparency and credibility to the voluntary carbon market and other results-based mechanisms, and we continue to pioneer the establishment of frameworks that enable the development of new and innovative projects and programs 
that reduce GHG emissions worldwide. We are also increasingly seeing opportunities to apply our certification knowledge base to non-carbon activities. 
 
As the organization grows, and the scope of activities increases, VCS has determined it needs a full-time Director of Development. While VCS has been effective at raising outside funds from foundations (eg, Climate and Land Use Alliance, European Climate Foundation) and governments (eg, Norway, Germany), this success needs to evolve into an integrated effort that have as its basis a long-term fundraising strategy. 
 
The Director of Development will report directly to the CEO, be a key member of the senior management team and help lead the strategic direction of the organization. Working with the CEO and other senior staff, the Director of Development will be responsible for all fundraising and development activities, including forging new relationships to build VCS’s visibility, impact, and financial resources, helping to grow the budget through the solicitation of major gifts, government grants, and foundation support, and expanding and diversifying VCS’ donor base. It is expected that the amount raised by VCS will increase in future years as the Director of Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity. 
 
Job Description 
 
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Development’s main responsibility will be to develop and implement an integrated fundraising strategy that will include a number of tasks and responsibilities, as follows: 
 
1) Work with CEO and senior management to assess the fundraising possibilities of a number of 
distinct initiatives already being considered by VCS.  
2) Develop and execute an integrated fundraising strategy that will include targets, timelines and a 
proposed budget. 
3) Build a fundraising team over time, including staff to oversee successful grant applications. 
4) Develop fundraising materials (eg, slide deck) that will be used to present the organization to 
potential funders. 
5) Take primary responsibility for developing and submitting all proposals, tracking them, and 
maintaining an archive of proposals submitted. 
6) Work with senior staff to incorporate fundraising into all aspects of the organization. 
7) Work closely with members of the VCS Board of Directors as they take on a more active 
fundraising role. 
8) Reach out to and establish relationships with target donors. This will include making introductions 
for other VCS staff and VCS Board Members (eg, CEO, Chairman of Board) where appropriate. 
9) Prepare regular reports on the progress of the fundraising strategy. 
10) Research funding sources and trends to help position VCS ahead of major funding changes or 
trends; 
 
Required Knowledge, Experience and Skills 
 
1) At least ten years of relevant work experience and successful track record (eg, grants obtained, 
relationships with donors established), preferably in the non-profit and/or political fundraising 
arena. 
2) Experience developing and implementing fundraising plans, including having established and 
cultivated relationships with donors. 
3) Master’s degree in Business, Communications, Psychology, Economics, Public Policy or a related 
field would be considered an asset. 
4) Experience in voluntary carbon markets would be considered an asset. 
5) Excellent written and oral communications skills. 
6) Fluency in English is essential; fluency in another UN official language would be considered an 
asset. 
7) Strong familiarly with Microsoft Office software is essential. 
 
Terms and Conditions 
 
A competitive salary is available and other terms and conditions will be discussed during the application 
process. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. In order to streamline the application 
process, applicants are requested to submit the following documents: 
 
1) Cover letter (not to exceed one page). 
2) Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages). 
 
All documents must be submitted to employment@v-c-s.org by 30 March, 2014. 
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