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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.
Since 1996, as one of the Institution’s five research programs, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program (Metro) has delivered research and solutions that have strengthened the capacity of cities and regions to achieve economic prosperity. Metro is uniquely positioned to help cities and metropolitan areas innovate in a fast‐changing global economy in ways that benefit more places and more people. It produces trusted, cutting‐edge analysis that links people, place, and economy, making it the go‐to resource for practitioners and policymakers who want to think and act comprehensively. Brookings Metro forges close relationships with civic, philanthropic, business, and government leaders across dozens of cities, which enables it to maintain a comprehensive understanding of what matters in communities and influence bottom‐up change through its research. It also seeds and scales local solutions, using its role as a national think tank to spur replication through peer‐to‐peer learning networks and policy reforms at the national and state levels. In short, Metro is a thought leader and catalyst for the field in creating globally competitive regional economies that work for all.
Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking through September 7, 2020. Once the Brookings office reopens, the person hired for this position will work in the Brookings Washington, DC office.
Ready to contribute to Brookings success?
The Senior Director of Development will lead and manage strategy, activity, and staff of Brookings Metro development office. As a member of the Metro senior management team, the Senior Director of Development will play an integral role in setting the strategic direction for the Program’s long-term, sustainable growth. The Senior Director of Development will build and oversee an integrated approach to stewarding and growing resource development with a focus on institutional giving strategies to drive research and programmatic growth. The Senior Director of Development will identify prospects, cultivate relationships, and develop written proposals and materials for solicitation and stewardship. The Senior Director of Development will oversee a staff of three, including a Senior Director of Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives, and will have personal responsibility for Institutional giving. The Senior Director of Development will work with Brookings’s central development office to leverage relationships and enhance fundraising efforts throughout the Institution.
Strategy and Vision
Organizational Leadership 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:
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of successful fundraising experience in a large complex institution. Proven ability to conceptualize and operationalize a development plan, including support and coaching of programmatic staff as development partners. Ability to quickly absorb programmatic content and creatively package it to pursue development opportunities. Proven history of successful solicitation of six- and seven-figure gifts, especially in the foundation and corporate marketplace. A comprehensive understanding of development encompassing the management of information systems, prospect research, stewardship, and related activities. Demonstrated strong and persuasive writing and communication skills. Experience successfully leading and managing a diverse team.
A record of success in establishing financial goals and organizing and implementing strategies, analyzing and identifying problems, and formulating creative solutions. Experience developing solid working relationships with senior leadership team and high-level volunteers and donors. A track record as an effective communicator who is articulate and persuasive in written and verbal communications.
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.