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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 Brookings’ culture of philanthropy can be described best as major-gift centric. In a typical year, Central Development and the five program areas raise over $60 million from approximately 800 donors. About 80% of these funds are raised within the five program areas — principal gifts are often raised in close partnership with Central Development. The remaining funds are core needs/unrestricted support and flexible research support from a range of donors.
The new VPIA must have the ability to influence how Brookings thinks about philanthropic impact and develop new opportunities for giving with an eye toward advancing new initiatives and workstreams, as well as raising revenue that sustains the Institution over the longer term. There is a strong pipeline of major donors and principal giving prospects.
The Institution is financed in part by an endowment of $450 million and additionally through the support of philanthropic foundations, grants, corporations, and individual donations. These funds are devoted to carrying out Brookings’ research and educational activities. The Institution also provides services through the Brookings Press, executive education, and its audio/visual capabilities (TV and radio studio).
Position Location: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. 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.
Operating status: Brookings eligible employees are currently authorized to work remotely but will be moving towards a hybrid plan later this year, which will require working both in the office and remotely. All vaccinated Brookings employees who wish to work from the office can do so. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.
Vaccine Policy: Brookings has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, Brookings recently announced that staff on Brookings campus this fall are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Brookings will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.
As a visitor and/or a new employee at Brookings, you will be required to comply with the vaccination policy. Individuals invited for an in-person job interview or hired as an employee that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation.
Ready to contribute to Brookings success?
The Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA) provides philanthropic strategy, vision, leadership, and guidance to the President and the Institution and serves as the catalyst for enabling Brookings to achieve its ambitious financial goals. The VPIA will help Brookings support its research and programmatic activities through solicitation of new annual and sustainable sources of private funds.
Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the successful candidate will serve on the Executive Leadership team, lead a team of approximately 20 employees and must be able to oversee a central development office that partners closely with research program leaders, development staff, and scholars, adroitly navigating a hybrid development operation.
Key attributes include strategically leveraging the President’s time to steward top donors and cultivate highlevel prospects including new Board of Trustee candidates. The President is committed to dedicating a significant portion of his time to development; therefore, the VPIA must be skilled at laying the groundwork for successful interactions and conversations, including preparing the President with strong written and verbal briefings.
The VPIA must be a strategic thinker and doer with the ability to take great ideas from conception to execution. They will enhance efforts to generate significant gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations and will ensure that all areas of the development operation are strategically organized and managed to achieve maximum success. This will require that the VPIA initiate cutting-edge and best practice strategies that maximize Brookings’ presence in the marketplace now and well into the future.
Leadership and Strategy
Development Operations 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:
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
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. 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.
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