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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.
Ready to contribute to Brookings success?
Reporting to the Vice President & Director of Economic Studies and serving as a member of the program’s management team, the Senior Director of Development is responsible for comprehensive efforts to raise annual and durable funds to support Brookings’s highly productive and influential Economic Studies (ES) program, (~$20M annual operating budget). The Senior Director of Development manages a team of 3 Development staff and, as the principal fundraiser for ES, actively cultivates and builds positive relationships with current and potential donors, including the Economic Studies Council members, and serves as the chief liaison with development leadership and staff across Brookings. S/he provides strategic leadership and guidance to the VP and ES scholars and serves as the key architect of two current fundraising campaigns for the Alice M. Rivlin endowed chair for the Vice President of Economics Studies and the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA), both flagship efforts for ES.
Fundraising and Management
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 required. Minimum eight (8) years of relevant fundraising experience, including experience designing strategy for major gifts and proven experience cultivating and soliciting high-net worth individuals, corporations, and foundations. Leadership and management experience in directing and overseeing day-to-day operations and staff. Comprehensive understanding of institutional development, including campaigns, annual giving, major gifts fundraising, planned giving, encompassing the management of fundraising information systems, prospect research, stewardship, and related activities. Ability to conceptualize, plan and implement a strategic approach to building relationships and securing philanthropic support from individuals: setting realistic goals, developing strategies for prospects, prioritizing activities, soliciting gifts and orchestrating the involvement of volunteers and institutional leadership. A record of success in organizing and implementing financial goals and strategies, analyzing and identifying problems, and formulating creative solutions. Experience developing solid working relationships with a senior leadership team, high-level volunteers, and donors.
A track record as an effective communicator who is articulate and persuasive in written and verbal communications. Demonstrated ability to multi-task, be organized and flexible, meet deadlines and prioritize job responsibilities.
A superior communicator who shares information readily and concisely; listens as well as gives advice and respects the abilities of others. An experienced manager who is data- and metrics-driven and committed to developing a collaborative and cohesive team. Track record of effectively leading fundraising teams utilizing best practices to meet goals. Articulate, polished and sophisticated individual who presents well and can interact comfortably with high-level individuals and groups; possesses comfort level for interaction with persons of high wealth and intelligence. Strong analytical, organizational and planning skills and the ability to synthesize abstract concepts into clear and accessible language. Decisive, tough and resourceful with the ability to anticipate and act on events and opportunities in an appropriate manner. A collegial style and an appreciation for the work of Brookings scholars and the vital national and international policy questions their work addresses. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines and maintain disciplined adherence to program goals. Must be a team player who welcomes collaborative decision making. Energetic and willing to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of fundraising activities ranging from the routine to the highly creative and visible. Possess professional maturity, credibility, patience, good judgment, honesty, integrity and trust; able to motivate others in a similar vein. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.
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.