Senior Global Development Manager

Forum for the Future

  • Salary: $80,000 to 90,000, dependent on experience
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York
  • Closing: 9:00am, 15th Feb 2021 EST

Job Description

Candidates must have a valid right to work in the US.All Forum employees are currently working remotely; once the offices re-open, we will return to working from our Brooklyn office. With this role we are open to remote working.

Benefits: various opportunities for flexible working, generous time off policies, and other sector-competitive benefits.


Do you want to maximize the contribution of US funders in driving innovation and transforming systems to shape a different, better future?

We are looking for a creative, proactive, and adaptable Senior Global Development Manager experienced in building strategic funding relationships and networks within an international organization to join our growing fundraising and communications team.

This is a new role within Forum and provides an opportunity to work as part of a team of passionate changemakers within a leading international sustainability non-profit. You will play a unique role in bringing together our fundraising and communications efforts, building relationships and profile among key US funders and partners, and will be joining the team at an exciting time of growth, with significant expansion in Asia and the US.

About Forum

Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai.

For over 20 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future.As an international leader in practical systems change Forum contributes to tackling critical global challenges, including a current focus on:

  • Keeping global warming within 1.5ºC of pre-industrial levels

  • Providing enough food for everyone, produced in a sustainable and affordable way

  • Ensuring the supply chains we rely on for goods and services are resilient and equitable

  • Inspiring and equipping individuals and organizations to drive positive change more systemically.

About the team

This role sits within Forum’s global Connect team which leads Forum’s fundraising, communications and marketing activities. Our aim is to raise our brand profile among key target audiences, build long-term funding relationships and grow income to drive systems change for sustainability.

About the role

You will lead on designing and implementing the US fundraising strategy and grow income for our programs around the world from major US-based foundations, corporations and individual philanthropists.

In addition, you will play a key role in supporting the US team in raising the profile of Forum among key target audiences, and in equipping and empowering philanthropic audiences in driving systemic change through delivery of engagement and fundraising events, communications and thought leadership.

Based out of our office in Brooklyn with possibility of remote working in an eastern time zone, you will report to the Chief Development and Communications Officer in London and work closely with our international teams and with our dynamic US-based team.

About You

The Development Manager will be an experienced, intuitive and strategic relationship builder with excellent communication skills, able to leverage Forum’s funding relationships and networks, and to work effectively across a matrixed structure, geographies, and external partner organizations.

You will be creative and resilient with an adaptive mindset, able to support income growth, communications and organizational development within the context of ongoing change. You will also be a highly organised multi-tasker able to manage multiple priorities.

You will also bring an understanding of, and a passion for, the change we are trying to create. 

Your experience:

  • A significant track record of securing grants from US and international trusts and foundations, and donations from high net worth individual donors, preferably in the sustainability field

  • Extensive knowledge of the US philanthropic environment with experience of prospect research and funder pipeline development

  • Substantial income generation or business development background in an international organization, with at least some of that experience in a key decision-making role.

  • Experience in developing and delivering targeted communications strategies, and supporting the delivery of thought leadership.

You have a demonstrated ability to:

  • Network with senior leaders in philanthropic and corporate sectors.

  • Work independently across an emergent organization with a high degree of innovation, creativity, resilience and adaptability.

  • Successfully navigate complex relationships and multi-stakeholder environments.

  • Work with program staff to develop and write compelling, strategic proposals for funding and to report on existing grants.

  • Tell stories that inspire support and engage philanthropic audiences in acting on key issues.

  • Use a relationship management system (CRM) to drive fundraising success.

  • Coach and support others to build their own fundraising and communication skills.

  • Enable yourself and others to prioritise the right things, in the right way, at the right time.

 If you can bring all this and more – we would love to hear from you!

Application process – please read before applying

To find out more about this vacancy, please download and read the full job description.

Application deadline is 15 February 2021, 9:00am EST.Initial interviews for this position are planned for the week commencing 22 February 2021. Please note that in order to support the attendance of colleagues across Forum for the Future’s international offices interviews will be held in slots between ~07.00 - 10.00 EST.

We use the Applied platform because it is designed to reduce bias in our recruitment process. To apply for this job, we ask you to answer a few work-based questions. Your answers will be randomised and anonymously scored by members of Forum’s selection panel. Our initial selection is based on how you answer these questions, rather than looking at your CV. Candidates with the top scoring answers will be invited to a structured interview where you get to meet some of the team. At the interview stage you will be asked questions that reflect the role and also to complete a work-based task, so you have the chance to demonstrate your skills.

The Applied platform includes instructions on how to use the portal. Once you start your application you will be presented with a dashboard which helps you to track your progress and reminds you of the closing date for the application. As you complete sections you can draft and save your responses to review and submit when you are ready to (as long as you’re within our required application deadline).

Please note:

If you do not already hold the right to work in the US and/or require sponsorship in order to continue working in your chosen location, you should think carefully before applying. This is because we will be unable to sponsor you.

Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with Forum for the Future will be passed on to us for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee. For full details on how we collect and use your personal data please visit our privacy notice here.

If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by Forum for the Future for no longer than 12 months after the application deadline has passed, at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant legal obligations.

Equal Opportunities

Forum for the Future wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities in employment. We promote and support equality, diversity and inclusion both in our own workplace and through our work with our partners and the wider public.  We actively support and promote diversity as an essential component of sustainability, and as a key element of our organisational values.  We oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, caste, religion or belief. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, including those who identify as disabled, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities, and come from diverse social and educational backgrounds.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 15th Feb 2021


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application