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The Office of Development manages the Trustees, institutional partnerships, leadership giving, the International Advisory Council, the Brookings Council, the Brookings Society, and overall fundraising strategies for the Executive Office and Institution at large.
In Brookings Central Development, we aim to:
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.
Ready to contribute to Brookings success?
The Development Research Manager (Manager) conducts, manages, and coordinates philanthropic research for the Institution. The Manager responds to research requests from the Office of the President, the Vice President for Development, and development staff across the Institution. S/he supports the fundraising efforts of the institution by identifying and evaluating donor and prospect philanthropic interests and capacity including individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Manager works closely with the Assistant Director of Development Research (AD), the Senior Director of Development, and the frontline fundraisers in Central and program Development by continually recommending new prospects for qualification and cultivation to build the giving pipeline. The Manager oversees a portfolio of fundraisers, projects, programs, and funding initiatives that require research services. S/he also compiles current bio and news on donors and prospects for visit/call briefings for senior leadership.
S/he proactively identifies potential prospects within the guidelines of federal, state and local laws and institutional policies and procedures. Reports to the Senior Director of Development Services.
Prospect Identification and Research (50%)
Research/Data Management and Strategy (25%)
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; a minimum of two years of experience researching prospects in a development setting. Experience in a related institution and/or familiarity with public policy organizations is highly desirable. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.
Research proficiency, including solid knowledge of research and media resources. Strong analytical and evaluative skills with attention to detail. Ability to extract information from a database and organize, analyze, and present it in Microsoft Excel or other formats for optimal utility. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and submit work products accurately and quickly. Capacity to exercise independent initiative and judgment. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.
What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.
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