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Director of Development

Institute for Policy Studies
District of Columbia, United States
$140,000.00 - $150,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 20, 2024

Salary: $140,000 – $150,000, depending on experience.

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. 


Position Description

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 Development Plan. 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 requirements. Coordinate closely with other program staff including finance and communications team members to advance development program goals. 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 hygiene. 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.


Key Relationships

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.

General Requirements

    Passion for the mission of IPS and the progressive movement, with a full understanding of its policy priorities. 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 budgets.   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 software. 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 a team.  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.  


Salary Range

$140,000-$150,000, 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 with “Director of Development” in the subject line:

    Your resume. 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 Monday, July 8th. 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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