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Donor Relations Manager (Job ID: 2021-2672)
# of Openings:
1. Resident Employee
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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:
Please note: This position is based in
Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19,
Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person
hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently
reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their
date of hire.
Ready to contribute to Brookings
The Donor Relations Manager in Brookings
Central Development reports to the Managing Director, works closely
with the Vice President of Development, and plays a crucial role in
connecting key donor and prospect strategies to implementation and
results. The Manager is responsible for developing, maintaining,
and tracking a stewardship plan for Brookings Central Development
donors in close partnership with fundraisers and drafting
compelling and meaningful stewardship and impact donor reports on
behalf of the President, VP of Development, and other institutional
leaders. S/he will also write development correspondence for the
President and VP of Development, including Board of Trustees and
International Advisory Board communications and solicitation
letters and individual donor and prospect correspondence, and
meeting follow up. S/he will prepare donor and prospect meeting
briefings for the President and VP of Development in collaboration
with colleagues in Development Research.
Development Writing (70%)
- Build and nurture relationships with donors and prospects to
raise critical financial resources in support of the institution's
fiscal health and advance the mission of Brookings.
- Safeguard Brookings's institutional values of Quality,
Independence, and Impact.
- Support our Board of Trustees in carrying out its fiduciary
and governance responsibilities to protect and sustain the
- Amplify the impact of our scholars' research through
compelling and innovative programming for our donors and associated
- Collaborate 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
Management and Execution of Stewardship Strategy and Process
- Write compelling donor stewardship reports with effective
storytelling that demonstrates policy impact. Collaborate with
research program development directors and communications directors
as well as scholars and other content experts to collect relevant
information and anecdotes.
- Draft sophisticated donor correspondence for the President
of Brookings and Vice President of Development in close
consultation with the VP. Master each principal's voice and style
and communicate deep understanding of the institution, its
scholarship and priorities, and the donor or prospect
- Draft, proofread, and distribute donor/prospect briefings
for the President and Vice President to key stakeholders,
collaborating with development research for bio
- Manage and track writing projects and briefings and closely
collaborate with the Director of Development Communications and
Special Advisor and Speechwriter to the President on all
Presidential development communications and correspondence to
ensure rigorous process of reviews and vetting and high-quality
- Make timely updates to Raisers Edge database to log
- Work with the Special Assistant to the VP to track
donor/prospect visit or call follow up.
- In regular Central Development team meetings, review
calendar of briefings, project statuses, workflow, and
- Draft and project manage other writing assignments as needed
including donor/prospect gift and grant proposals.
Ready to make an impact? In this role,
you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect,
inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following
Bachelor's degree required. Minimum of
four years related work experience including three years of
development or fundraising experience in a non-profit organization
is required. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the
The Donor Relations
Manager will be a proactive and diplomatic individual, possessing
high emotional intelligence, professional maturity, credibility,
patience, good judgment, honesty, and integrity. Must have a
commitment to teamwork, accountability, and collaborative
decision-making. An affinity for the mission of Brookings with the
ability to serve as a compelling ambassador for the
Superior writing and editing skills are required, including proven
ability to ghostwrite effectively and conceive and write gift and
grant proposals in clear, precise, and compelling language.
Professional experience in philanthropy and non-profit fundraising
and knowledge of donor and prospect management and strategy are
required. Experience staffing development leaders is required.
Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word is required;
familiarity with Raiser's Edge is preferred.
skills: Superior project management skills and attention to detail
are required. Candidates must demonstrate ability to proactively
manage multiple projects and stakeholders and meet deadlines in a
fast- paced environment. Successful management includes all stages
of a project from conception to completion and with a keen eye for
accuracy and quality and adherence to timelines. A strong sense of
initiative, discretion, mature judgment, and entrepreneurial spirit
Excellent oral communication skills; excellent administrative and
organizational skills; ability to work well in a fast-paced
environment and engage effectively with internal stakeholders at
all levels of seniority.
What can we offer you? Brookings
provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and
includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.
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submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter
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an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a
diverse and inclusive workplace.
- Create, maintain, and track a comprehensive and tailored
stewardship plan for Brookings Central Development donors across
gift scales commensurate with giving and industry best practice.
Partner closely with fundraisers, Donor Engagement and Events, and
other colleagues to ensure strong coordination and timely
execution. Track all milestones in Raisers Edge.
- Coordinate with the Donor Communications and Engagement
teams to help create materials and opportunities tailored to
specific donor interests and to develop a range of strategic
external communications that result in high level, meaningful
stewardship and demonstrates the impact of Brookings and furthers
- Collaborate effectively with the Development Services team
to collect donor/prospect data, background information, and wealth
ratings to inform strategy discussions.