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Director of Development

Henry L. Stimson Center
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 10, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Membership, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Government Relations and Advocacy, Managing Volunteers, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Deadline to apply: January 21, 2022


This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and directing successful fundraising strategies, initiatives, and activities at the Stimson Center, under the direction of the President & CEO. They will serve as key point person for activities related to institutional business development and fundraising with particular emphasis on cultivating, soliciting, and securing unrestricted major gifts from individuals and corporations. In addition, the successful candidate will supervise the Associate Director of Development and collaborate closely with the Director of Finance and the Director of Strategic Communications, as well as the Vice President of Research Programs.

This full-time position is based in our Washington DC office.


  • Under the direction of the President & CEO and the Board of Directors, plans, implements and directs Stimson's fundraising strategy;
  • Creates and directs outreach strategies and maintains ongoing communication with current and prospective donors including foundations, governments, corporations, and individuals;
  • Cultivates engagement and philanthropic giving among Board of Directors together with the President & CEO, and presents reports on development activities at Board meetings;
  • Works with Development Committee Chair to coordinate and set agenda for Committee meetings and provides regular staff support for Committee activities;
  • Builds and operates a Corporate Council, collaborates with the Co-Chairs of the Center's Loomis Technology Council, and coordinates Stimson's Track II Council;
  • Advises Associate Director of Development, Vice President of Research Programs and other senior staff in setting and meeting fundraising goals for each program;
  • Sets strategy for securing funding for new programs and prospective staff members;
  • Develops print and digital marketing collateral materials related to fundraising in collaboration with the Director of Strategic Communications;
  • Supervises Associate Director of Development; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned in keeping with the general nature of the position.


  • Bachelor's Degree;
  • Demonstrated success in meeting annual fundraising goals and securing major gifts;
  • Previous experience working with high-net-worth individuals and boards of directors;
  • Strong background experience and knowledge of solicitation strategies and development communications;
  • Demonstrated success in securing corporate donations and developing sponsorship models;
  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector;
  • Ability to understand, support and communicate the organization's mission and values;
  • Flexible and adaptable style; someone who can positively implement both strategic and tactical fundraising strategies;
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationship with others, both internally and externally to achieve the organization's goals;
  • Experience planning and executing events of various sizes and formats;
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible development success and experience;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong interest in foreign affairs and/or international peace and security issues; and
  • Grant writing proficiency.


  • Previous experience within the think tank, policy, research, or international security spheres;
  • Familiarity with fundraising platforms such as iWave and Foundation Directory Online;
  • Familiarity with CRM platforms such as Salesforce;
  • Ability to travel on occasion;
  • Experience with capital campaign fundraising.



Submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF document.


Stimson is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.

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