Director of Development, Institute for Policy Studies
- Institute for Policy Studies
- District of Columbia, United States
- $80,000.00 - $100,000.00
- Closing date
- Apr 29, 2023
- Position Type
- Fundraising, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Special Events, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Government Relations and Advocacy, Program Administration and Management
- Advocacy, Other Fields
- Employment Type
- Full Time
Director of Development Job Description
About the Institute for Policy Studies
The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) is a 501(c)(3) progressive nonprofit dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we turn transformative ideas into action.
The IPS Director of Development is responsible for managing the IPS Development Team and overseeing the Development Plan. The Director will lead foundation relations, donor communications, and development operations. This work includes prospecting for potential donors, developing, managing and deepening relationships with institutional and individual donors, and strengthening communications with supporters, activists, advocates and movement partners to expand funding opportunities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Development is tasked with the following duties and responsibilities:
Manage the Development Team.
Prepare, oversee, and adapt IPS’s
Direct the development program
including institutional, major donor and small donor fundraising
work in compliance with 501c(3) regulations.
Oversee all grant seeking efforts,
including research, proposal writing, and reporting
Support development training and
mentoring of staff throughout the organization,
Serve as a member of the
organization’s leadership team, helping to set and advance the
organization’s strategic vision and priorities.
Partner with the Communications team
to create an engaging donor communication plan including
fundraising toolkit, mailers and social media efforts.
Support the fundraising efforts of
the Executive Director, including develop effective pitches,
updates, and report-outs to funders.
Prepare leadership team and key
program staff for meetings with donors and prospects, developing
background/briefing materials, planning, coordinating and
participating in meetings.
Schedule and track all foundation and
individual engagements and online donor interactions in integrated
constituent relationship management systems, overseeing vendors to
ensure that databases and other fundraising tools (prospect
research, email marketing, printing, etc.) are properly implemented
to track donor and prospect interactions, schedule future
engagement, and adhere to best practices in privacy and data
Oversee general development
operations systems and collaborate with staff on workflows for
proposals, reports and donor-oriented communications, regularly
informing and updating Executive Director and Deputy Director on
development operations workflows and systems.
Other duties, as assigned.
The Director of Development will report directly to the Executive Director and Deputy Director, and collaborate with other senior staff in fundraising activities and work collaboratively with all staff to strengthen the relationship of development functions to all aspects of organizational development. S/he will also work closely with the Director of Communications, the Project Directors, and other management and program staff as needed.
Passion for the mission of IPS and
the progressive movement, with a full understanding of its policy
7 to 10 years of relevant nonprofit
development management experience with a demonstrated track record
of successfully meeting fundraising goals through diverse funding
streams for organizations with $2M-$6M operating
Capacity to communicate persuasively
and compellingly with diverse funder audiences, with awareness of
nuance in funder tendencies and language.
Demonstrated track record of
cultivating and maintaining relationships with stakeholders,
program officers and donors.
Demonstrated experience providing
effective, supportive supervision to staff and supporting teams in
working collaboratively to meet ambitious goals.
Proficiency in donor management
Detail-oriented and well organized;
outstanding time management and organizational skills.
Ability to communicate clearly,
provide direct feedback, and model resolving conflicts with
integrity and openness to learning and growth.
Capacity to work independently and on
Relationships with individual donors
and foundations in progressive spaces.
Ability to write effectively and
compellingly about IPS’s work and to oversee proposals, reports and
related materials, as well as in appeals, social media, and web
communications focused on engaging and motivating donors
Desire and ability to build and
maintain successful relationships with foundations and individual
donors, to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build
long-term relationships to achieve fundraising success
Collaborative style, combined with
the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment.
Sound judgment and ability to
exercise discretion when dealing with confidential information
regarding donors and operations.
Commitment to Diversity
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 identities.
$80,000 - $100,000, depending on experience
The Director of Development will also receive excellent benefits including full health insurance for the employee’s family, generous vacation benefits, paid holidays, a 403(b) match, and life insurance.
The Development Director should live in the DC metro area, and is expected to work out of IPS’s DC headquarters. Currently, IPS is working on a hybrid model, and all DC employees are working two or more days a week in the DC office.
Please send the following materials to email@example.com with “Director of Development” in the subject line:
A cover letter explaining your
interest in this work and any related experience
Two to three writing samples
demonstrating your ability to write persuasively in a range of
mediums for a general audience about public policy (an op-ed, LTE,
speech, talking points or something similar)
Three References, including at least
two previous supervisors
Please submit materials by Wednesday, April 26th, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee. No phone calls, please.
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