Director of Development Services (Job ID: 2021-2649)

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District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 08, 2021
Aug 06, 2021
Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Employment Type
Full Time

The Brookings Institution

Equal-Opportunity Employer: It is Brookings policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all of its employees and applicants without regard to their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, citizenship status, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination as required by law.

Director of Development Services (Job ID: 2021-2649)


Job ID: 2021-2649
Type: Regular, Introductory
# of Openings: 1
Category: Development
1. Resident Employee


Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.

The Office of Development manages the Trustees, institutional partnerships, leadership giving, the International Advisory Council, the Brookings Council, the Brookings Society, and overall fundraising strategies for the Executive Office and Institution at large.

Brookings Central Development Vision Statement: In Brookings Central Development, we aim to:

  • Build and nurture relationships with donors and prospects to raise critical financial resources in support of the institution's fiscal health and to advance the mission of Brookings.
  • Safeguard Brookings's institutional values of Quality, Independence, and Impact.
  • Amplify the impact of our scholars' research and steward our donors' generosity with compelling and innovative programming for our donor groups.
  • Support our Board of Trustees in carrying out its fiduciary and governance responsibilities to protect and sustain the institution.
  • Partner closely with our colleagues across Brookings by providing best practice development counsel and services to benefit Central and all research programs.
  • In everything we do, strive for excellence, act with integrity, communicate with honesty, show respect and collegiality, be proactive, collaborative, creative, and solutions oriented.


Fundraising Services Management (60%)

  • Supervises all fundraising services, including gift and acknowledgement processing, prospect research and prospect management, data analytics and reporting, donor communications and stewardship, and utilization and maintenance of the Raiser's Edge fundraising database and the SharePoint sites.

Revenue Forecasting/Tracking, Analytics, and Reporting (20%)

  • Tracks unrestricted, President's Special Initiatives Fund, and select restricted revenue, and works with the Central Development team to forecast annual projections on a monthly basis. Reports regularly to Development and Finance leadership on progress towards goals.

Human Resources Administration (20%)

  • Serves as primary point of contact and collaborative partner (HR liaison) with Brookings Central Human Resources Office and supervisors on matters such as recruitment, compensation, and performance management for Central Development. Ensures supervisors' understanding of and compliance with federal and local employment law and HR policies.


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:

Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree required. Minimum six years of relevant experience in nonprofit fundraising. Demonstrated experience with financial analysis, preferably in a non-profit environment. Leadership and management experience to develop and oversee staff and to direct day-to-day activities and operations is required. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

This position is a critical member of Brookings' Central Development senior staff. The successful candidate will be a team player who welcomes collaborative decision-making and who possesses an appreciation for the work of Brookings' scholars and the vital national policy questions their work addresses. Understanding of fundraising in a complex and dynamic organization required; understanding of, and interest in, public policy desired. Demonstrated ability to handle confidentiality of sensitive issues and information. Superior communication skills; strong initiative and problem-solving skills. Attention to detail and the ability to operate with considerable independence to effectively establish priorities and work accurately under time constraints. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite with advanced proficiency in Excel; experience with Raiser's Edge or other relational database preferred. Must possess the ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups (both internal and external) and engender a respectful, welcoming and inclusive environment. Ability to accurately synthesize, analyze, and translate data for financial and activity reports. Excellent project management skills required including the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines and maintain disciplined adherence to department goals.

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.


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