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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.
Brookings Central Development Vision Statement: 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.
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The Director of Development Services (Director) is responsible for managing all fundraising services activities, including gift processing, budget and revenue projections and monitoring, donor communications including acknowledgements and stewardship, human resources (including professional development ), prospect management, prospect research, fundraising analytics and reporting, and the development of institutional and departmental gift/grant policies and standards. This position directly supervises the data/reporting, donor communications, and research teams to ensure data integrity and strong analytics and reporting, strategic use of fundraising systems, accurate incoming gift management, prospect management and research, and a coordinated and intentional donor stewardship process.
The Director also oversees, along with the Director of Development Communications, the updating of the Donor Guidelines, the enhanced review of corporate and foreign funding proposals, as well as staffs the Brookings Gift Policy Committee and process along with the mediation of any issues that arise with prospects and donors as a result of the due diligence process.
Fundraising Services Management (60%)
Revenue Forecasting/Tracking, Analytics, and Reporting (20%)
Human Resources Administration (20%)
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 six years of relevant experience in nonprofit fundraising. Demonstrated experience with financial analysis, preferably in a non-profit environment. Leadership and management experience to develop and oversee staff and to direct day-to-day activities and operations is required. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.
This position is a critical member of Brookings’ Central Development senior staff. The successful candidate will be a team player who welcomes collaborative decision-making and who possesses an appreciation for the work of Brookings’ scholars and the vital national policy questions their work addresses. Understanding of fundraising in a complex and dynamic organization understanding of, and interest in, public policy desired. Demonstrated ability to handle confidentiality of sensitive issues and information. Superior communication skills; strong initiative and problem-solving skills. Attention to detail and the ability to operate with considerable independence to effectively establish priorities and work accurately under time constraints. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite with advanced proficiency in Excel; experience with Raiser’s Edge or relational database preferred. Must possess the ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups (both internal and external) and engender a respectful, welcoming and inclusive environment. Ability to accurately synthesize, analyze, and translate data for financial and activity reports. Excellent project management skills required including the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines and maintain disciplined adherence to department goals.
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.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.
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.