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Our activities are fast-growing. To support and develop our expanding team, we are looking for:

Senior Manager, Philanthropy
  • Permanent contract, as employee or consultant depending on country of residence
  • Location: Anywhere – European timezone preferred
  • Reports to: Director of Partnerships and Communications
  • Attractive package for a small size NGO
  • Starting date:  ASAP; job will remain open until a suitable candidate is found

JOB SUMMARY

Protecting and restoring forests and landscapes hold the key to reversing our double planetary crisis: climate change and biodiversity loss.

We collaborate with local communities, government bodies and research organisations and today we are one of the ‘go-to’ non-profit partners for businesses taking action for climate and nature, because of our practical experience, technical credibility and boots on the ground: over two thirds of our staff work in the field.  To date, we have 49 000 hectares under restoration, over 61 million trees growing, 527 native species regenerating and over 60 000 families engaged through employment, training and income generation.

We have become a trusted partner to a small group of trusts, foundations and individuals who believe in our mission and value our holistic approach, practical experience, and transparency. We need to scale up our philanthropic partnerships with like-minded organization and individuals that share our vision.

This is where your expertise comes in. Working closely with the Director of Partnerships, you will take a leading role to nurture our current funders and drive the development of new philanthropic partnerships with trusts, foundations and family offices to significantly increase new programme funding.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

In this role you will:

  • Identify, research and develop new sources of income from trusts, foundations and family offices.
  • Develop and implement strategic approaches to build relationships.
  • Write compelling funding communications including proposals, presentations, and reports. Collaborate with the communication team to develop compelling external content for the donor community that raises awareness of our work, inspires and engages. 
  • Nurture relationships: Manage a portfolio of current foundation donors, building strong, strategic relationships and implementing creative engagement plans to grow opportunities and income, including field visits where necessary.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with programme staff to manage project budgets and activities, learn about programmatic developments, and drive forward programmatic growth goals by matching with funding opportunities
  • Ensure all deadlines are met; monitor and ensure our compliance with grant requirements.
  • Actively participate in internal planning and objective-setting processes.

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

With a proven track record of building and managing successful income generation (6+ figures), you will also have:

  • A passion for our mission, and experience in at least one of the following areas: climate change, nature-based solutions, wildlife conservation, international development and/or poverty alleviation.
  • Excellent planning, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication; able to translate complex details into concise and impactful information (native English speaker preferred).
  • Experience of using a CRM/Salesforce is beneficial but not essential.

And you are:

  • Externally focused and proactive, with the energy and passion to engage people, negotiate and persuade.
  • Organized and methodical to plan and deliver against a varied workload, managing competing priorities under your own initiative and to strict deadlines.
  • Adaptable and flexible and have the confidence and credibility to work effectively with a wide range of high-level stakeholders.

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply by sending your application in English to recruitment@weforest.org with your CV, a motivation letter and the contact of 2 recent references. Due to the anticipated high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. We thank you in advance for your interest.  

Senior Marketing Manager
  • Permanent contract, as employee or consultant depending on country of residence. Open to flexible and part-time options
  • Location:  Benelux or UK, or remote
  • Attractive package for a small size NGO
  • Starting date:  ASAP, job will remain open until a suitable candidate is found

Help us write our next chapter.

Are you looking for the chance to lead inspiring content creation that drives positive action on global warming and biodiversity loss?  As well as being a great copywriter, can you also build great content strategies and efficiently manage the production of online and offline content?

WeForest is a fast-growing non-profit organization protecting and restoring forests and funded by brands (like Nike), foundations and philanthropists. You will be our chief storyteller: inspiring action, building trust and credibility for the WeForest brand.  This is a fantastic opportunity to further develop your knowledge and expertise in this sector and use your creative skills and experience to address some of the greatest challenges of our time.

Our Offer

  • Join a dynamic and fun team working in an organization that respects and values its employees
  • Enjoy the privilege of learning all the details of our action on the ground and turning it into inspiring content to move your audience and invite them to join us
  • Make a real difference to people’s lives by helping, through amazing content, to attract new supporters to our cause
  • Work in one of the fastest-growing climate action organizations
  • Benefit from training and development opportunities
  • We offer an informal office environment, remote opportunities, and respect for autonomy

Responsibilities

Working within a team that supports and nurtures our current funders, you will position WeForest externally to connect with our core audience of potential new partners and funders. Working closely with the CEO as well as the wider team you will develop and implement marketing content and strategies and tell our story with passion and credibility. As chief storyteller you are a fantastic copywriter and act as editor in chief for all our content to ensure that all our content, branding and messaging is on point and done with excellence.

You will build systems, structures, and strategies that build the top end of the fundraising funnel.  This will include:

  • Content marketing strategy development for your target audience of potential new partners and funders.
  • Implement and manage an email marketing system in close collaboration with the fundraising team and current CRM software (Salesforce).
  • Content production and management: You can create content yourself, though more often you will facilitate and manage the production of content (e.g. annual report, video scripts and finished videos, presentations, special campaigns, etc) with assistance from the team and freelance support. You will identify and manage the process to deliver on time and budget.
  • Copywriting: Lead, shape and manage written content for web, social media etc. in close collaboration with our fundraising, science and operations teams. You will keep up to date with industry trends, advise on and adjust the content strategy and editorial line as necessary.
  • Editing: Acting as as editor-in-chief for all content, you will ensure quality, clarity and consistency of brand voice, style and tone.
  • Website:  Maintain the (soon-to-be-launched) website branding and content, working with the Communications Manager for technical support.  
  • SEO/SEA: Manage the SEO/SEA processes and consultants to build organic search traffic over time; ensuring your analysis of results is used to optimize content.
  • Analytics and Tracking: You will measure the impact of all content, adjusting where necessary and ensure our messaging is aligned. This will include editorial content audits to identify gaps and inconsistencies.

Required skills and qualifications

You LOVE, LOVE, LOVE writing and storytelling, have outstanding writing skills and storytelling capacities with an editorial eye. Experience of creating Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR)-related content is strongly preferred. You also have:

  • A passion for our mission, and commitment to our vision and values.
  • A degree or master in journalism, translation, communication, marketing, advertising (as copywriter), Business Administration or another relevant field and/or at least 5 years of relevant professional experience with a similar role such as Content Manager or Copywriter in an agency.
  • Outstanding spoken and written English, good knowledge of at least a second European language is an asset.
  • The ability to turn rough copy into engaging, inspiring, clear, concise and authoritative FLR-related content for a wide range of audience, encompassing both digital and traditional communications activity.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • The understanding of Google algorithms and optimization tools (no technical knowledge is required).

And you are:

  • A creative thinker combined with a committed and enthusiastic personality.
  • Able to develop and nurture relationships both internally and externally, including complex multi-stakeholder relationships.
  • Solution-oriented with a can-do attitude, meticulous and attentive to details.
  • Able to manage multiple content projects and stakeholder demands simultaneously, including people and agency/freelance management for content creation.

Context

WeForest is an international non-profit association headquartered in Belgium with the mission to conserve and restore the ecological integrity of forests and landscapes, engaging communities to implement and deliver lasting solutions for climate, nature and people. We promote science and best practices in a culture of sharing and inclusion, so that others can replicate and augment what we do.

Position within We Forest

In this position you will report to the Director of Partnerships and Communications based in London, and work closely with the team, as well as with operational staff.

How to apply

If you have the expertise to help us promote our voice in the corporate world, raise our profile and increase our presence, we would love to hear from you.

Please apply by sending your application in English to recruitment@weforest.org with your CV, a motivation letter and the contact of 2 recent references. Due to the anticipated high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. We thank you in advance for your interest. 

 

"We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it." - Barack Obama

 

If you feel up to the challenge, contact us!