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Postion(s) Available: 

Director, Sustainable World Initiative 

Grantwriting/Fundraising Consultant

Graduate Internship


Director,  Sustainable World Initiative 

The Population Institute, an international non-profit that strives to achieve a world population in balance with a healthy global environment and resource base is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as director of its Sustainable World Initiative (SWI). Established in 2009, SWI’s mission is to boost public understanding of sustainability, clarify the challenges that lie ahead, outline the steps needed to achieve true sustainability, and to educate, inspire, and mobilize people to act.

The director will be responsible for all aspects of SWI, its programs, and its outreach efforts, and will be responsible for providing the creative leadership needed to advance the public debate on sustainability.  He or she will report to the president of the Population Institute.

Activities and Responsibilities  

Specific activities and responsibilities include:

  • Developing a unique, visionary program of action for SWI that focuses on global and national sustainability efforts and that is fully consistent with the mission and values of the Institute;
  • Working with the staff of the United Nations and its various agencies and country missions to ensure that the UN and the international community are committed to achieving true global sustainability;
  • Maintaining and advancing SWI’s work in developing metrics for monitoring international and country-level progress towards sustainability;
  • Working with Environic Foundation International and other leaders in the education field to ensure that university and college curricula offer students a sound understanding of sustainability and what will be required to achieve it;
  • Representing SWI and/or the Institute at conferences and other events; responding to media inquiries; and serving as a public spokesperson for SWI;
  • Writing papers, reports, blogs, and other opinion pieces on the “Global Sustainability Challenge” and the various ways that this challenge can be addressed to achieve a more sustainable future for humanity and all life on the planet.
  • Meeting with other organizations interested in the subject of sustainability, and working collaboratively with them to inform the public debate on sustainability and advance national and international policies that support progress towards a sustainable world;
  • Working with the President of the Population Institute to develop and implement a fundraising strategy designed to make SWI a self-supporting initiative; and
  • Preparing reports to foundations and other funders on SWI’s work and progress.

Experience and Qualifications


  • An undergraduate degree;
  • At least three years of relevant experience working on issues pertaining to the environment and sustainability;
  • A sound, working knowledge and understanding of issues relating to population, the environment, sustainability, and natural resource limitations.
  • Imaginative and inspiring leadership;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others;
  • Ability to produce high quality work under pressure and consistently meet deadlines; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

 Preferred, but Not Required:

 ·         An undergraduate major or a post-graduate degree in environmental studies;

·         Prior experience working for a non-profit in the area of human development and sustainability;

·         Experience working in public interest coalitions;

·         Prior experience in preparing foundation proposals and soliciting funds from individual donors;

·         Knowledge of, or experience working with, UN deliberative processes;

·         Knowledge of, or experience working with, international human development or environmental governance organizations or processes; and

·         Familiarity with social media and/or traditional media campaigns.

How to apply

Please send resume and one-page letter of interest to  Please include the position title [“SWI Director”] in the subject line of the email.



Grantwriting/Fundraising Consultant

Job description

About the Position

The Population Institute, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C., and its Vermont-based parent organization, Population Media Center, are seeking support from a grant-writing/fundraising consultant who can assist in the preparation of grant proposals and the identification and cultivation of foundation and major donors. The Population Institute is a nonprofit focusing on public education and advocacy, while Population Media Center uses entertainment media, principally social content soap operas, to promote family planning and women’s empowerment in more than 50 countries.  Both organizations seek to achieve a world population that can live in harmony with the planet.

It is anticipated that this will require an average of 20-40 hours a month.


  • Work with the president and program managers at the Population Institute to prepare foundation proposals for public education and advocacy-related activities;
  • Collaborate with the development director and program managers at Population Media Center to identify potential sources of general support, including foundations and major donors;
  • Assist in the preparation of interim and final reports to foundations and donor agencies;
  • Help to prepare and disseminate materials for distribution to foundations and other potential funders; and
  • Track and monitor new and existing grants.

Candidate  Requirements:

  • 5+ years of proven experience in grant-writing and fundraising in the non-profit world, including the preparation of proposals and reports for major foundations and/or international donor agencies;
  • Proficiency in using Excel;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Insightful, with an ability to manage relationships, both internally and externally;
  • High energy level, commitment to excellence and a diligent work ethic;
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills;
  • Flexibility and resilience;
  • Ability to work, as needed, out of the Washington offices of the Population Institute, and the ability to participate by Skype in phone calls with Population Media Center and/or foundations and donor agencies; and
  • An understanding of, and dedication to, the missions of the Population Institute and Population Media Center.
  • Familiarity with issues related to family planning and reproductive health preferred, but not required.

How to apply

Please send resume and one-page letter of interest to  Please include the position title [“Grants Consultant”] in the subject line of the email.



Graduate Internship

Job description

About the Position

The Population Institute, a 45-year old non-profit policy and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., offers a Warner Fornos Fellowship to recent college graduates interested in working in the field of population.   The Institute, which is headquartered on Capitol Hill, educates policymakers, the media, and the general public about global sustainability, the implications of rapid population growth, and the benefits that flow from meeting the family planning and reproductive health needs of women around the world.

Position Summary

Named after a former president of the Population Institute, the Warner Fornos Fellowship offers a stipend and gives qualified candidates an opportunity to gain valuable experience working for a dynamic organization.  The four-month internship gives participants an inside look at how small non-profits can make a big difference in the policy arena.  The Fellow will work with organization staff, including the president and public policy director, to research, write, and disseminate fact sheets, reports and other educational materials.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a public-policy related field;
  • A strong interest in population, global sustainability, poverty reduction, eradication of hunger, and/or reproductive health and rights;
  • Experience or familiarity with social media as an education and mass communication tool;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing;
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work independently;
  • Good judgment in problem solving and decision making; and
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct background research for social media, factsheets and reports;
  • Assist in the writing and dissemination of factsheets and reports;
  • Attend conference and meetings, as needed;
  • Assist with events organized by the Institute;
  • Prepare documents, reports and presentations; and
  • Assist in clerical duties and other duties as assigned.

How to apply

Qualified and Interested applicants:

We invite qualified candidates to submit a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements to Please include the position title in the subject line of the email.