The Center seeks an experienced, talented fundraiser and leader
to serve as the Director of Network Philanthropic Engagement and
ensure that the work of the SPP — and the work of the Center to
support the Partnership — is well understood and resourced by state
and regionally based funders as well as a collaborative of flagship
national philanthropic organizations. The Director will work with a
team of three at the Center to hold a holistic understanding of the
funding landscape for state policy as a driver of economic and
racial equity, and execute a coordinated vision and strategy for
fundraising and funder stewardship that is steeped in skilled
communication, stakeholder relations, and an enthusiasm for both
traditional and innovative fundraising techniques. They will do
this work in close partnership with the Center’s Vice President for
State Partnerships and Vice President for Development and with the
executive directors and fundraising professionals at the 42
independent member organizations of the SPP. They will identify
areas of opportunity and growth in philanthropic resources for both
the policy work and network infrastructure, train and support a
network of fundraising professionals in the SPP, oversee the
building of new and strengthening of existing funder relationships,
and work closely with the Center’s Development team on effective
funder communication, grant writing and management.
- Lead a four-person team to guide and support the work of
individual SPP groups to raise money within their states, ensuring
the training, technical assistance, and strategic advice provided
is high-quality, tailored when possible, and collaborative in
- Tell the ongoing story of the SPP via the creation of annual
reports, case studies, brochures, briefings, and other media,
including managing an extensive data collection process to provide
the substance of the story, and working with colleagues to create
compelling narratives that communicate the work
- Coordinate the ongoing cultivation and stewardship of the
National Funding Collaborative (made up of ten major national
philanthropies), understanding the overall strategic direction of
each member, scheduling regular meetings, identifying opportunities
for further engagement, staffing semi-annual business meetings, and
responding to ad hoc information requests in a timely manner.
- Collaborate with colleagues to support a broad understanding of
and shared responsibility for development work, specifically as it
relates to state work, working across teams and leadership to build
relationships, create opportunities to engage funders in the work,
and tap policy experts as needed to provide timely and strategic
- Coordinate with the Vice President of Development to maintain a
schedule of strategic and timely funder touchpoints, determining
the right mix of content-driven calls, meetings, briefings, and
emails as appropriate.
- Integrate a racial equity lens into the work of the NPE team,
ensuring that the technical assistance and strategic advice
provided to the SPP aligns with the Center’s organizational equity
goals and values, and that grant reporting is consistently used as
a tool to educate funders about the equity work happening within
CBPP and the network
- Serve as a connector to and collaborate with the Vice President
of Development, working to streamline funder communications and
- Work closely with the Director of Strategic Grantmaking and the
Special Projects and Initiatives team to ensure the State Fiscal
Policy team’s regranting portfolio and processes align with funder
priorities and adhere to pertinent grant requirements
- Serve on the SFP leadership team, fostering effective
cross-team collaboration and offering strategic input on the
overall goals and priorities of the division
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
- Eight to ten years of relevant work experience in fund
development, donor relations, and grant management.
- Ability to craft innovative donor engagement and stewardship
strategies and implementation plans.
- Knowledge of and passion for reducing poverty and racial
inequities, building opportunity, and state-based policy
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and collaborate
across lines of difference.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including
the ability to communicate about complex policy issues using easily
accessible language to a variety of audiences.
- Strong relationship-building and stakeholder management
- An understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our
society, policy choices and institutions.
- Regular travel (up to 25 percent) is required.
- Washington, D.C.-based candidates preferred.
For candidates in the Washington, D.C. metro area, the Center
will be operating on a hybrid work schedule that includes at least
two days per week in person at our D.C. office. The Center is also
open to fully remote work for candidates living outside of the
Washington, D.C. metro area.
This position reports to the Vice President for State
Terms of Employment: Full-time
Bargaining Unit Status: This is not a bargaining
Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter,
please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the
Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits
(including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and
long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and
generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal
Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the
workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply
regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic
information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status,
family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or
veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union
activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable