Development Officer (Job ID: 2021-2563)

Posted Date 3 months ago(3/11/2021 12:45 PM)
Global Economy and Development
Job Function
Job ID
Commensurate with experience


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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.


The Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress.   The program’s research agenda is related to policies and trends affecting developing countries including global poverty, universal education, the global middle class, fragile states, globalization, inequality, foreign assistance and development effectiveness.


Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire. 


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The Development Officer is a member of a four-person development team, and develops and implements strategies to raise funds and manage donor relations for the Global Economy and Development program (“Global”). Reporting to the Director of Development, and in coordination with Global scholars, and the Central Development team (DEV), this officer manages, prioritizes, and carries out Global fundraising activities and provides stewardship.


 Fundraising and Donor Relations (70%)

  • Works in coordination with the Director of Development and scholars to create and implement fundraising goals and strategies to identify, cultivate, and steward individual, corporate, foundation, government, and other donors.
  • Manages a fundraising portfolio of centers, initiatives, and/or scholars, as designated by the Director, and implements and tracks day-to-day fundraising operations within this portfolio. Advises Global scholars on fundraising opportunities.
  • Identifies fundraising opportunities and researches new prospects for support; assesses the potential and capacity of existing and prospective donors.
  • Moves donors through the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process, including identifying and arranging meetings with Brookings scholars, preparing talking points and briefings, conducting follow-up, managing correspondence and contact with donors; serving as key contact for gift agreement process with donors.
  • Represents the work of Global scholars to current and potential funders. Maintains and stewards relationships with prospects and donors.
  • Writes concept notes, solicitation letters, and proposals. Coordinates content in collaboration with scholars and edits documents to ensure high quality, readability, a consistent voice, and adherence to individual funder guidelines, interests, and programs. Assembles proposal materials. Collaborates with colleagues in Central DEV and from other research programs on fundraising efforts, including assistance with producing multi-program or institution-wide proposals that include the work of Global scholars.
  • Advises, plans, and implements events and other outreach opportunities for prospects and donors; follows-up with participants.
  • Represents the Director at internal or external meetings, as requested.

Fundraising Support (30%)

  • Works with scholars and staff, and drafts and/or directs the production of grant reports.
  • Partners with Global scholars and program staff to track deliverables, manages grant modifications or special reporting needs, and liaises with the funders if modifications or extensions are needed. Works with the Director to track the progress of Global scholars toward completing tasks consistent with commitments made to funders.
  • Maintains complete files on fundraising activity in Raiser’s Edge, including correspondence with donors, meeting notes, proposals, and background information.
  • Participates in the drafting of public documents on the Global program and its direction, as well as other communications tools that are needed for effective outreach.
  • Coordinates prospects and fundraising activities with the Institution’s Central Development (“DEV”) office and participates in meetings with DEV, Global’s finance team, and others throughout Brookings to coordinate activities and/or discuss programmatic direction. Maintains understanding of Global economic issues and developments and how they may affect and provide fundraising opportunities for Global. Monitors philanthropic trends as they relate generally to Global’s work.  Maintains an overview and understanding of several research projects within Global. 
  • In coordination with the Director, delegates administrative tasks to the Development Coordinator.


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.  Master’s degree preferred in international relations, development, or a related field.  Minimum six years of relevant fundraising experience required (preferably within an international, non-profit organization). Experience with grant writing and direct solicitation from donors at the $25,000 level or higher, preferred. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


The successful candidate will share our passion for identifying solutions to international development, global poverty and economic issues.  Familiarity with research-oriented work environments preferred.  Superior oral and written communication skills required, including proven ability to conceive and write grant proposals and funder reports.  Mastery of Microsoft Office (MS) Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, and Power Point) required; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus. Capacity to learn other types of software programs; familiarity with on-line research resources. Familiarity with budgeting or demonstrated capacity to learn.  Experience with monitoring and evaluation processes, such as the development of results frameworks, desired.  Must possess ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines; ability to work well with others; initiative; discretion; mature judgment; entrepreneurial spirit; and professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals.


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. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.


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Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.







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