• Assistant Director of Development (Job ID: 2019-2138)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/7/2020 10:33 AM)
    Economic Studies
    Job Function
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

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    The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


    We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


    With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


    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. 


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    The Assistant Director of Development develops and implements fundraising strategies and activities for a portfolio of active donors and prospects for the Economic Studies (ES) program, in coordination with the Senior Director of Development. This involves managing, prioritizing and executing development activities, including identifying prospects, cultivating and retaining funder relationships, developing written proposals and materials for support, and maintaining accurate tracking and record-keeping.



    Development and Implementation of Fundraising Activities  (70%)

    • Manages a fundraising portfolio of donors (a mix of foundation, corporate, individual and institutional) for ES centers, projects, initiatives, and/or scholars, as designated by the Senior Director, and implements and tracks day-to-day fundraising operations within this portfolio.
    • Working with scholars, identifies fundraising opportunities and researches new prospects.
    • Moves donors through the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process, including identifying, arranging and attending meetings with scholars, conducting follow-up, managing correspondence and contact with donors; and serving as key contact for gift agreement process with donors.
    • Writes concept notes, solicitation letters, and proposals in coordination with scholars and assembles all proposal materials. Edits concept papers and proposals drafted by scholars to ensure high quality, readability, a consistent voice, and adherence to Brookings policies and funder guidelines.
    • Collaborates with colleagues in central development and from other research programs on fundraising efforts, including assistance with producing multi-program or institution-wide proposals that include the work of ES scholars.
    • Develops implementation plans with center directors and scholars, along with the Senior Director, to ensure a seamless transition from concept note to project implementation folding in donor stewardship and information-sharing.
    • Provides support to the Senior Director and VP as needed in the cultivation and stewardship of the Economic Studies Council, a group of individuals that provide financial and intellectual support to the program, and the prioritization of research activities as they relate to funding opportunities.
    • Represents the Senior Director at internal or external meetings, as requested.


    Coordination of Fundraising Efforts within ES and with other Brookings Programs  (15%)

    • As a member of the ES development team, coordinates prospects and fundraising activities with the institution’s central development office and participates in meetings with central and program development teams, ES and central finance teams, and others throughout Brookings to coordinate activities related to development.
    • Leads in the drafting of development documents for ES and its direction, as well as other communication tools that are needed for effective outreach.
    • Coordinates with scholars and communications staff to ensure that major ES events and publications reach prospective or actual donors and achieve maximum fundraising impact from Brookings activities and publications.


     Administrative Fundraising Support  (15%)

    • Using the databases maintained by the institution, ensures careful coordination of fundraising strategy, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with central development office and other Brookings research programs.
    • Working with scholars and staff, directs the production of grant reports. Works with scholars and the finance team to track deliverables and manage grant modifications or special reporting needs. Liaises with funders to obtain grant modifications or extensions, as needed.
    • Maintains donor database information in Raiser’s Edge and comprehensive donor profiles documenting correspondence with donors, meeting notes, proposals, reports, and background information.
    • Maintains understanding of relevant research topics and how they may affect and provide fundraising opportunities. Monitors philanthropic trends as they relate generally to ES’s work.
    • In coordination with the Senior Director, delegates administrative tasks to identified support staff.


    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:


    Education/Experience Requirements:


    Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum seven years of development-related experience. Candidate should be able to illustrate a proven track record of success in fundraising; including prior experience with direct solicitation from multiple types of donors, as well as successful proposal writing experience. Strong writing skills required. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

    Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with minimum of three years of proposal writing experience required. Strategic thinking ability, strong interpersonal skills and high degree of adaptability. Strong time management skills including the ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Sound judgment and discretion, with entrepreneurial spirit. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and to successfully juggle multiple tasks and deadlines. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including program officers, scholars, and donors. Interest in economics and public policy is desired.



    Additional Information:


    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.


    Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


    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.







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