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Senior Director of Individual Giving

Bipartisan Policy Center
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 25, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Membership, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising
Advocacy, Community Foundations, Environment, Health, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. BPC prioritizes one thing above all else: getting things done.

BPC works to reconcile the competing aims of highly interested advocates, corporations, and policy experts and design politically viable consensus solutions. We seek out individuals and organizations that are deeply vested in the outcome of its policy projects and ask that they check absolutely nothing at the door, bringing all their passion, political perspectives, and interests to the table. BPC believes that the fundamental strength of American democracy is unity forged amid diversity, and we endeavor to represent this pluralism in all of our policy negotiations.

BPC focuses on policy solutions to strengthen our democracy, promote economic growth, opportunity and inclusion, address climate change and create better health outcomes for all Americans.

BPC is recruiting an experienced and proven fundraiser to lead the organization’s growing efforts to engage individual donors across the country who are aligned to BPC’s overall mission and policy priorities. The Senior Director will play an important role in BPC’s efforts to raise unrestricted revenue.

Strategic and tactical planning of the Development Team; individual prospect management; proposal development and writing; and supervision of staff as the team grows. Comfort with and enthusiasm for collaborating with BPC’s fast-paced senior team and project directors, the Board, and other stakeholders will also be essential to success.

Successful candidates will be results-driven, innovative, and personally engaging professionals—who can successfully manage their fundraising portfolio while managing a small team and serving as a key thought partner on the organization’s overall fundraising strategy. 


  • In conjunction with the senior Development staff, develop and execute a multi-year integrated fundraising strategy from individuals that meets the organization’s resource development needs;
  • Build out all aspects of BPC’s individual giving program, including major donor relation and stewardship, location-based fundraising strategies, mid-level donor relations, digital fundraising, and planned giving program development.
  • Personally manage and solicit a portfolio of donors and prospects with capacity to give at the principal giving level through regular personalized communication via phone, email, and meetings
  • Provide meaningful supervision and support to a staff of two—the Associate Director of Donor Relations and Individual Giving Associate—through coordinating workload and assignments; monitoring progress of work; creating opportunities for new challenges and learning; and giving regular feedback on progress toward their stated performance goals
  • Identify and execute creative ways to cultivate current individual funders’ interest in BPC’s overall mission, rather than solely particular policy areas
  • In conjunction with the Chief Development Officer and BPC/BPC Action staff, help develop the organization’s 15th Anniversary major fundraising initiative beginning in 2022
  • Work closely with our policy experts, External Affairs, and BPC Action partners—our 501(c)4 advocacy arm—to craft compelling materials for individual donors (proposals, update letters, invitations, etc) about BPC’s priorities, programs, and impact.

    • 7-10 years of fundraising/development experience in a nonprofit, association, or similar organization required;
    • Significant development experience with special emphasis on major gift cultivation and solicitation, and demonstrated success in direct solicitation of 5-7 figure gifts
    • CFRE or ACFRE accreditation preferred
    • Commitment to the BPC’s mission and the ability to translate that understanding into compelling verbal and written donor communications
    • A positive attitude and willingness to step in where needed
    • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to grasp and communicate complex policy priorities and current events
    • Top-notch organizational skills; ability to initiate, prioritize, and follow through
    • Computer proficiency (preferably Microsoft Office) and familiarity with using fundraising CRM software required
    • Willingness to travel once public health conditions allow

    BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume and cover letter in one document.  Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. BPC does not sponsor employment visas.

    BPC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

    COVID Guidelines

    The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As such, the Bipartisan Policy Center is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodation for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

    This position is budgeted at $165,000.

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