Chief Development Officer/Chief Philanthropy Officer

Job Type

Full Time




Details: Salary DOE




Av. Charles Darwin
Puerto Ayora


The Charles Darwin Foundation, one of the most respected environmental conservation and research organizations in the world, seeks an accomplished leader to implement an ambitious contributed revenue strategy for cultivating and stewarding current and next generation donors.

The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) is an international not-for-profit scientific organization. The CDF has been working to protect and conserve Galapagos since 1959. Our scientific research and partnerships have global impact.

Basic Function

In order to enhance and expand our work, CDF is seeking to engage a Chief Development Officer/Chief Philanthropy Officer. To be based preferably in the United States and reporting to the Executive Director/CEO, the CDO/CPO will be responsible for the development, implementation, and management of all aspects of fundraising strategies. This will include managing a large portfolio of international donors and prospects with the goal of increasing ongoing, annual operational support, as well as executing a large strategic growth campaign, and managing a fundraising staff of 6-7 people. Additionally, the CDO/CPO will need to build a comprehensive culture of philanthropy by coordinating and assisting with the fundraising outreach activities of CDF’s Board of Directors, executive leadership, communications team and staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of ten years progressive experience in a similar leadership role, including at least five years in the international fundraising arena.
  • Experience in building and managing a comprehensive fundraising operation.
  • Experience in developing, managing, and supervising a multi-disciplinary and multi-nationality team, including staff who are located in distant locales.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including excellent command of the English language.
  • Knowledge of non-profit financial management, project and budget analysis, and evaluation.
  • Proficient in IT (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and donor database management.
  • Personal commitment to the conservation of the Galapagos Islands.
  • Ability to travel to areas around the globe and work evening and weekend hours, as needed.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  • Bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising, preferably at the international level.
  • Working knowledge of charitable giving vehicles.
  • Ability to create interpretive materials to tell prospects and donors the story of the work of the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Experience in connecting philanthropy with social enterprise and/or retail programs.
  • Understanding of science and the environment.
  • Effective and diplomatic communication.

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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