Senior Director of Development (Job ID: 2021-2591)
The Brookings Institution
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Senior Director of Development (Job ID: 2021-2591)
Job ID: 2021-2591
Type: Regular, Introductory
# of Openings: 1
1. Resident Employee
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Foreign Policy at Brookings is a leading center of policy-relevant scholarship exploring the rapidly re-ordering geopolitics of the major powers, and the disordering relations among states and transnational actors. In line with Brookings's core values of quality, independence, and impact, our scholars provide concrete policy recommendations for how U.S. strategy, the international security architecture, and leading states should adapt to changing threats and opportunities.
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Working as a member of the Foreign Policy (FP) program's senior management team, and in close coordination with Brookings Central Development, the Senior Director of Development plans, manages, executes, and adapts comprehensive annual and multi-year fundraising strategies for the program. The Senior Director works collaboratively with the Vice President and Director of FP (VP FP), scholars, research center staff, and development staff with a primary focus on with a primary focus on identifying, securing, and stewarding external gifts and grants across multiple funding sectors—foundations, foreign and domestic governments, individuals, and corporations. The Senior Director leads the FP Development team in proactively identifying prospects, cultivating and stewarding relationships, and developing written proposals and materials for donor support and stewardship. Working with VP FP, project scholars and center staff, and, where appropriate, Central Development, the Senior Director ensures successful completion of grant objectives and cultivates and maintains relationships with current and potential donors, the Foreign Policy Leadership Council (FPLC), select Board of Trustees members, and other stakeholders. The Senior Director will build, manage, and lead a professional fundraising team with responsibility for sustaining funding to meet annual revenue targets and long-term program objectives. The Senior Director serves as the principal liaison with development staff throughout Brookings, including staff and leadership in Central Development.
Strategic Fundraising, Planning, and Stewardship (55%)
- Maintains strong and effective working relationship with FP Vice President and Director (VP FP) and Vice President of Development and partners with them to set fundraising goals and to create a comprehensive, sustained fundraising strategy across all sources of institutional and individual giving. Serves as a trusted fundraising advisor, with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to empower, guide, and support VP FP to ensure the maximum value of her fundraising engagement.
- Oversees and manages all fundraising activity within FP, working closely with scholars and program staff on their priorities, research areas, and fundraising objectives.
Gift, Grant, and Proposal Management (15%)
- Oversees the writing, review, and submission of concept notes, solicitation letters, and proposals. Coordinates the creation of letters or proposals with scholars. Edits concept notes and proposals drafted by scholars to ensure high quality content, including readability and a consistent voice, as well as adherence to Brookings's policies and funder guidelines and interests.
Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree is required; Master's degree in non-profit management, international relations, political science, history, or a related field is preferred. Ten years of proven major gift fundraising experience and leadership is required, with demonstrated success in raising major gifts of at least $500,000 or more and writing complex proposals for various audiences. Team and project management experience in a nonprofit organization is required.
Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.