The Senior Director of Development plays a critical role in the Foreign Policy (FP) program, the largest research program at Brookings with over 10 Centers and Initiatives and an annual budget of approximately $20M+. A member of FP’s senior management team, the Senior Director of Development plans and executes the program’s overall fundraising strategy in collaboration with the Vice President & Director of FP; establishes, develops, and maintains relationships with current and potential donors, the Program Leadership Committee (PLC), and the Board of Trustees; and builds and leads a professional fundraising team with responsibility for meeting annual revenue targets.
Strategic Planning and Fundraising (65%)
A Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree in non-profit management, international relations, political science, history, or a related field is preferred. Ten years of proven major gift fundraising experience and leadership is required. Proven team management experience is also required.
Proven ability to raise six-figure gifts from individuals, corporations and/or foundations is a prerequisite. Candidates must be proactive and goal-oriented, with entrepreneurial spirit. Discretion and mature judgment are critical for the successful candidate. Outstanding written and oral communication skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines are required, along with strategic thinking and excellent management skills. Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with various constituencies - including immediate team members, high net-worth individuals, corporate leaders, foundation staff, Board members, scholars, and other institutional colleagues - are a necessity. The position requires some travel, and current authorization to work for any employer in the U.S. Foreign policy interest and experience, and familiarity with foreign policy issues and international relations, are preferred. Budget management experience is preferred. Knowledge of key academic, business, foundation, and/or community leaders is preferred. Familiarity with utilizing an electronic relationship management system is required, experience with Raiser’s Edge is preferred.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.
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Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.