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Development Officer

The Brookings Institution
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 30, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Brookings Institution

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Development Officer (Job ID: 2021-2781)


Job ID: 2021-2781
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 Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. The program's research agenda is related to policies and trends affecting developing countries including global poverty, universal education, the global middle class, fragile states, globalization, inequality, foreign assistance and development effectiveness.

Position Location: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. 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.

Operating status: Brookings eligible employees are currently authorized to work remotely but will be moving towards a hybrid plan later this year, which will require working both in the office and remotely. All vaccinated Brookings employees who wish to work from the office can do so. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.

Vaccine Policy: Brookings has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, Brookings recently announced that staff on Brookings campus this fall are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Brookings will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.

As a visitor and/or a new employee at Brookings, you will be required to comply with the vaccination policy. Individuals invited for an in-person job interview or hired as an employee that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

The Development Officer is a member of a four-person development team and develops and implements strategies to raise funds and manage donor relations for the Global Economy and Development program (“Global”). Reporting to the Director of Development, and in coordination with the Global's Vice President, Global scholars, and the Central Development team, this Officer manages, prioritizes, and carries out the Global program's fundraising activities with a focus on grant writing, grant reporting, and institutional relations.

Fundraising and Donor Relations (60%)

  • Works in coordination with the program's Director of Development, Vice President, and scholars to identify, cultivate, and steward a portfolio of foundation and government grants.
  • Manages day-to-day fundraising operations within a portfolio of active grant-funded projects and prospective grant opportunities, as designated by the Director.
  • Identifies grant opportunities and researches new prospects for support; assesses the potential and capacity of existing and prospective donors.
  • Moves donors through the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process, including meeting personally with foundation representatives, identifying and arranging meetings with Brookings scholars, preparing talking points and briefings, managing correspondence, and serving as the primary contact for grant negotiations.
  • Writes and submits concept notes, capacity statements, and proposals, and supports scholars on assembling relevant proposal materials. Coordinates with scholars and edits documents to ensure high quality, readability, a consistent voice, and adherence to individual donor guidelines, interests, and programs.
  • Assembles proposal materials. Collaborates with colleagues in Global's finance team, the Institution's Central Development office, and from other research programs on fundraising efforts—including on grant budgeting and cross-program proposals.
  • Represents the Director at internal or external meetings, as requested.
Fundraising Support (35%)

  • Works with scholars and staff to draft and/or direct the production of grant reports and other deliverables necessary for effective donor stewardship.
  • Maintains complete files on fundraising activity in Raiser's Edge, including correspondence with donors, meeting notes, proposals, and background information. Maintains information relevant to the grant pipeline via Microsoft Excel.
  • Partners with Global scholars and program staff to track grant deliverables and manage grant modifications or special reporting needs; liaises with the funders if modifications or extensions are needed.
  • Participates in drafting public documents on the Global program, as well as other communications tools that are needed for effective outreach.
  • Participates in regular meetings with Central Development, Global's finance team, and others throughout Brookings to coordinate prospecting, fundraising activities, risk/compliance management and strategy.
  • Tracks global economic development issues as well as international philanthropic trends, reporting on how they may impact fundraising opportunities for Global.
  • Maintains an understanding of a broad array of research projects within Global.

Meeting Coordination (5%)

  • Schedules external meetings with foundation representatives, arranges room reservations and catering (when safe to hold in-person meetings and events), and coordinates event logistics and prepares materials—including for meetings that may be after regular business hours or off-site.


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. Master's degree preferred in international relations, development, or a related field. Minimum six years of relevant fundraising experience required (preferably within a think tank or international non-profit organization). Experience with grant writing, foundation relations, and management of 6-to-7 figure grants preferred. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

The successful candidate will share our passion for identifying solutions to international development, global poverty and economic issues. Familiarity with research-oriented work environments preferred. Superior oral and written communication skills required, including proven ability to conceive and write grant proposals and funder reports. Mastery of Microsoft Office (MS) Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, and Power Point) required; knowledge of Raiser's Edge a plus. Capacity to learn other types of software programs; familiarity with on-line research resources. Familiarity with budgeting or demonstrated capacity to learn. Experience with monitoring and evaluation processes, such as the development of results frameworks, desired. Must possess ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines; ability to work well with others; initiative; discretion; mature judgment; entrepreneurial spirit; and professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals.

Additional Information:

What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

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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