Strategic Partnerships Associate

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Trees for the Future

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Washington, DC, United States

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11 days ago


Who We Are

At Trees for the Future (TREES), we train farmers in sustainable land use so that they can build vibrant regional economies, thriving food systems, and a healthier planet. As a global leader in agroforestry training for over 30 years, TREES provides hands-on, immersive education and support, encouraging farmers in developing countries to work with nature, not against it. Our signature methodology, the Forest Garden Approach, helps farmers transform their land with thousands of trees and dozens of crops, creating new possibilities for themselves and their communities. By embracing sustainable land practices, farmers are reclaiming their agency, breaking the cycles of climate change and generational poverty, and rebuilding our food systems from the ground up. Learn more at

About the Opportunity

TREES is seeking a Strategic Partnerships Associate to support fundraising and reporting efforts for consortium, foundation and carbon project funding. The Associate will be responsible for supporting business development, proposal writing, and client reporting for public and philanthropic donors at TREES. This position requires strong administrative skills, writing and editing experience, and familiarity with business development or fundraising. The Associate will support the department’s administration, strategy execution, and core business functions, as assigned. This is a full-time, remote, or remote-in-office hybrid position. This position reports directly to the Strategic Partnerships Manager.


In this role, you will...

Department Administration

  • Maintain records, tools, templates, and other materials to support the business development and administrative processes and procedures
  • Support internal process improvements, administration, and operations as requested, including through initiative brainstorming, feedback sessions, and or rollout
  • Assist with internal department reporting and planning, as assigned

Business Development and Proposal Support

  • Support the management and updates to the Strategic Partnerships funding pipeline, as assigned, including through landscape analysis, desk research, and Salesforce administration
  • Support relationship management with current and potential funders and partners, as assigned
  • Assist in developing a carbon credit project portfolio through desk research, cross-departmental collaboration, and proposal development, as assigned
  • Assist with the execution of tasks along the business development cycle, including opportunity evaluation research and documentation and proposal coordination, and submission tasks
  • Liaise across TREES’ departments to collect due diligence and proposal inputs and information from Programs, Finance, and other departments, as assigned
  • Prepare, draft and edit proposal sections and budgets, as assigned


  • Liaise across TREES’ departments to collect project implementation and reporting information from Programs, Finance, Marketing & Communications, and other departments, as assigned
  • Prepare, draft and edit project reports for a variety of donors, as assigned

You’ll be a great fit if you have...

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, International Development or a related field.
  • 1-3 years of professional experience working in international development, grant management, business development, or proposal development
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Competence to proactively problem solve
  • Strong ability to manage time and organize priorities within deadlines
  • Ability to successfully interact and work with all levels of the organization, clients, and donors in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated experience in maintaining accurate and timely files and information for business development and reporting purposes
  • Experience with requests for funding from the public sector, foundations, and associated grant proposals and/or project management and reporting
  • Experience in environmental markets, particularly in voluntary carbon products and markets, including project-based carbon standards and carbon project development processes is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated interest in international agricultural development, development economics or environmental science and sustainability is highly desirable
  • Fluency in English required

Ready to Join our Team?

We’re thrilled that you want to change the world with us. Apply here.

TREES is an equal-opportunity employer.

Due to the high volume of inquiries that TREES receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.