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Associate Director Of Development - National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Sciences
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 7, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Making, Program Administration and Management
Health, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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The mission of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is to improve health for all by advancing knowledge and accelerating progress in science, medicine, policy, and health equity. The NAM actively identifies and addresses critical issues with balanced and authoritative scientific evidence and leads and inspires action on bold ideas to impact science, medicine, and health in the United States and globally. The Global Grand Challenge for Healthy Longevity was launched in 2018 and has achieved international support and acclaim. The NAM is now in the early stages of launching its next Grand Challenge for Human Health and Climate Change, addressing one of the most significant threats to human health in the 21st century.


The NAM’s deep relationships with top foundations and leading philanthropists in the United States and around the world make it a stimulating and rewarding place to work. This is an exciting opportunity to have an impact on one of today’s most distinctive fundraising campaigns and work closely with some of the world’s most prominent figures in science, health, medicine, business, and technology.



Passion: We are passionate about supporting the National Academies’ mission through philanthropy.

Collaboration: We galvanize internal and external communities toward greater philanthropic impact.

Integrity: We are honest, respectful, and transparent with our donors and colleagues.

Innovation: We are strategic, creative, and entrepreneurial in connecting our donors and friends to programs and philanthropic opportunities.  

Inclusivity: We are committed to fostering an environment where all perspectives are heard and valued to provide diverse and inclusive engagement and funding opportunities.



The Associate Director of Development (ADoD) reports directly to the Chief Development Officer. In collaboration with NAM program staff and development office, supports the President, Executive Officer, and Chief Development Officer in fundraising activities. The ADoD will have the flexibility to develop strategies to cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects.


  • Actively manages a portfolio of prospective major donors via face-to-face meetings and written and telephone contact throughout the donor life cycle.
  • Proactively identifies new prospective donors to be added to the portfolio.
  • Travels as needed for donor meetings and events.
  • Works with the CDO in planning fundraising activities to deliver against goals and objectives as needed, including strategic planning, assisting in identifying funding sources and opportunities. 



  • You are seeking an opportunity to work with senior leadership in navigating fundraising opportunities for the advancement of health and medicine
  • You demonstrate self-motivation, strategic thinking, and the ability to work independently
  • You pay close attention to detail, maintain accuracy in your work, and can adhere to systems associated with a large organization
  • You possess a high level of integrity and confidentiality and are able to manage constituent-sensitive information
  • You are a creative thinker, and you’re excited to incorporate philanthropy best practices into your strategy
  • You seamlessly develop work plans and excel in project management



Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree in related field, or equivalent knowledge.

Minimum Experience:  Five years of successful fundraising or related experience.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Appreciation of the importance of sciences, engineering, and medicine and the mission of the Academies. Thorough understanding of philanthropy and professional trends. Knowledge and understanding of sophisticated fundraising practices, annual giving, planned giving techniques, and essential functions of a pro-active and innovative fundraising organization. Ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement a programmatic approach to building relationships and securing philanthropic support, including setting ambitious goals, developing strategies for stewardship, prioritizing activities, planning and delivering events, and orchestrating the involvement of volunteers and organization leadership.


  • 37.5 hours per week with a flexible work schedule and generous PTO
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine follows the federal government holiday schedule
  • The The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and offers participation in a retirement savings plan with employer match; medical, dental, and vision plans; and flexible spending and dependent care accounts


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