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Join the team at the Brookings Institution’s Economic Studies
program (ES), and work with experts as they focus on addressing
obstacles to long-term economic growth and opportunity. ES analyzes
current and emerging economic issues facing the United States and
the world and based on that research, provides innovative,
practical policy recommendations. ES’s work covers a broad array of
economic issues, including the labor market, regulation, health
policy, and fiscal and monetary policy. ES scholars influence key
economic policies by conducting rigorous and relevant research and
then disseminating and communicating their findings to the policy
community and to the broader public.
Position Location: This position is hybrid. Hybrid
positions combine regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC
office with the option of at least two days of remote work each
Vaccine Policy: Brookings requires all staff to submit
proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings
Individuals 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. Brookings policies on masks and other
pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and
Ready to contribute to Brookings success?
The Development Operations Manager plays a critical role in the
operations of the development department and contributes to the
growth in revenue from all sources of support. A key partner to the
Senior Director of Development (SDD), the Director of Development,
Foundations (DDF), and the broader Economic Studies (ES) operations
team in meeting the program’s fundraising goals, with attention to
corporate donors and database management and internal gift
processing and gift agreement procedures. Responsibilities include
timely and accurate entry of fundraising data into Raiser’s Edge,
administrative and fundraising support to include invoicing,
tracking proposal review, managing grant agreement approval,
tracking reporting requirements, scheduling meetings, coordinating
event logistics and travel. The Development Operations Manager will
manage multiple assignments, manage systems, take initiative to
learn new skills and problem solve, and will understand and
anticipate team needs. This position project manages and implements
activities related to the identification, qualification,
recruitment, and solicitation for new corporate donors (Economic
Studies Council members), and the stewardship and renewal process
for current donors and ESC members. The position will work closely
with colleagues throughout Brookings, including the VP for Economic
Studies, Brookings’ central development, scholars, general counsel,
and finance offices.
Support for Fundraising Activity (50%)
- Working with the SDD and DDF to support all proposal and
renewal strategies for Economic Studies Council. Responsible for
maintaining calendar for solicitations and stewardship
- Implements proposal and renewal process for ESC; responsible
for timely submissions and follow up (pledge reminders and
- Drafts briefings for stewardship events and run of show for
larger events for SDD, DDF, VP and scholars.
- Updates ES development-related materials on an annual basis to
focus on greatest needs and goals.
- Manages ESC events (in-person and virtual) including scheduling
and confirming speakers, reserving rooms, managing remote access to
meetings, catering, monitoring invitation lists, managing other
logistics and meeting participant support, follow up to thank
- Schedules, monitors, and manages meeting requests from donors
Data and Information (40%)
- Manages, inputs, and tracks all fundraising data into
Institution-wide Raisers Edge database and serves as the team’s
expert in the functions and opportunities in Raisers Edge.
- Establishes and maintains tracking systems for prospects by
both revenue source (foundations, individuals, and corporations)
and program areas. Inputs data and maintains all development files
- Coordinates with Central Development on prospect research to
identify potential new corporate, individual and foundation donor
- Maintains daily records throughout opportunity lifecycles by
inputting donor prospects, grant opportunities, calendar
milestones, contacts, and funder lists.
- Generates relevant reports from Raisers Edge for Dev and
- Maintains donor lists for research portfolios, program
initiatives, and Economic Studies Council.
Administrative Management (10%)
- Participates in weekly Central Dev, Economic Studies Dev, and
other staff/scholar meetings, and distributes agenda items as
- Assists the SDD and DDF with the preparation of corporation and
individual briefings for funder and prospect meetings.
- Working with DDF, scholars, and finance staff, directs the
production of grant reports. Works with scholars and finance team
to track deliverables and manage grant modifications or special
- Initiates and oversees the routing of all proposals and gift
agreements for internal approvals.
- Schedules development-related appointments, meetings, and
conference calls for the Dev team.
- Assists DDF with additional materials required for foundation
submissions (board lists, tax documents, etc.)
- Coordinates travel logistics (including air, train, hotel,
ground transport); prepares travel expense forms; manages internal
reporting for P-card transactions.
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:
Bachelor’s degree preferred. A minimum of five years of
professional administrative work experience in a large, fast-paced,
challenging work environment required; demonstrated experience and
increasing responsibility in a development operations role. Strong
project manager capable of driving multiple work streams toward
deadlines and juggling changing priorities. Highly relational and
understand how to build trust with both internal and external
stakeholders across and outside the organization. An effective
communicator, able to craft clear, concise and compelling written
communications. Meticulous attention to detail in all
communications. Grace under pressure, and enjoy working in a
fast-paced environment. Proven ability to work with senior level
executives, both internal and external. Must be authorized to work
for any employer in the U.S.
Microsoft Outlook (to include the calendar feature), Word, Excel
and PowerPoint proficiency required, Raisers Edge experience
preferred. Excellent organizational and project management skills
with high level of attention to detail and follow-up. Strong oral
and written communication skills with ability to interact with all
levels of internal and external stakeholders. Must be proactive and
demonstrate a high degree of professionalism. Ability to maintain
confidentiality of highly sensitive information. Ability to work
independently as well as with a team.
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.
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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.