Title: Development Associate
Reports to: Development Manager
Salary Range: $50,000 - $53,000
About the Institute for Policy Studies
IPS is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more
equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In
partnership with dynamic social movements, we turn transformative
policy ideas into action.
IPS values the well-being of our staff. We offer generous leave,
excellent employer-paid benefits for employees and their
dependents, 403b retirement plan with employer match, and flexible
work hours. We are currently working 100% remotely, but when we
reconvene, our office is located in DuPont Circle, with sunny
windows and a gym.
Working under the supervision of the Development Manager, the
Development Associate is primarily responsible for the
implementation and coordination of fundraising activities to help
ensure that the budgeted funding goals of IPS are achieved. This
person will provide a wide range of development support to IPS’s
The Development Associate will also play a lead role in
developing our donor stewardship strategy and expanding IPS's
foundation prospecting capacity. The position will also lead in
planning and organizing fundraising events, most notably the
Institute's annual Letelier-Moffitt (LM) Human Rights
Donor Engagement and Communications
Enhance IPS’s major giving and
monthly giving programs through implementing best practices,
conducting prospect research, stewardship planning, and
coordinating with staff.
Manage planned giving portfolio.
Assist with donor messaging strategy
to promote positive donor relationships and drive donor
Under the supervision of the
development manager, assist with the management of IPS
relationships with major and mid-level donors by tracking
touchpoints with these segments of individual donors. Conduct
follow-up as necessary.
Assist the development manager with
developing regular communication newsletters and emails for special
Manage and lead the planning of
individual giving campaigns such as year-end appeal and Giving
Tuesday, drafting metrics and helping develop goals to increase in
Support individual giving programs,
such as IPS's sustainers.
Draft meeting notes for various
endowment campaigns and project-specific fundraising
Draft executive outreach to
individual and union sponsors and congressional letters as needed
to facilitate events that will advance fundraising goals.
Leverage second languages if
available to communicate as needed in instances that will advance
Arrange cultivation events and
travel, and attend in-person and virtual events to help with our
donor stewardship goals.
Help plan, organize, execute and
manage IPS fundraising events, showing logistical prowess in:
communication with speakers and vendors, registration, venue
set-up, day-of plans, and follow-up.
Manage event and program consultants
for event support.
Work with the communications team to
develop high-quality event collateral.
Assist with foundation grant proposal
writing and reporting.
Incorporate foundation prospecting
into weekly and monthly duties, identifying new potential sources
of funding for general support and individual assigned projects as
Assist with coordinating the hiring
of Next Leader Development Interns throughout the year, including
reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates.
Demonstrated commitment to IPS's
mission and vision.
1-2 years of experience implementing
fundraising strategies for foundation and individual support.
Proven systems orientation and
experience in donor database management, experience with
Excellent written (research,
analysis, and editing), verbal, and interpersonal skills.
Understanding of and commitment to
maintaining the confidential nature of fundraising efforts and
Proven ability to juggle multiple
priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Comfort working independently, as
well as a commitment to working within a team.
Master of MS Office Suite
(especially, Word and Excel, including all mail merge
Demonstrated ability to create
budgets for grant applications and reporting
Creativity, curiosity, sense of
humor, professionalism, and enthusiasm for meeting and working with
a wide range of individuals.
Understanding of institutional and
individual donors' needs and perceptions.
Passion for social justice and
commitment to building a program on anti-oppression
Experience contributing to funding
narratives and foundation grant management.
Proficiency in Spanish or
College degree preferred but not
This is a full-time position.
Excellent benefits include generous vacation, 403(b) plan upon
hire, fully paid dependent health insurance, fully paid life
insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term
disability, direct deposit, and flex time.
Full-time salaried, exempt position, located in Washington, DC.
The person hired for this role will be expected to work on a hybrid
(remote and in-office) schedule. This position is included in a
union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific
employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.
Please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a
brief writing sample to email@example.com with “Development
Associate” in the subject line. The deadline for this position is
December 16th. Qualified candidates will be
contacted for an interview in early January. No phone calls,
IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and
we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ
candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized
Thank you very much for your interest in working with us!