Development Officer (Job ID: 2022-2998)

Posted Date 2 months ago(8/5/2022 11:47 AM)
Metropolitan Policy Program
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Commensurate with experience


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Position LocationThis position is hybrid. Hybrid positions combine regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC, office with the option of at least two days of remote work each week.


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The Development Officer (DO) is a key partner to the Senior Director of Development (SDD), the Senior Development Officer (SDO) and the broader Metro development team in meeting the program’s fundraising goals, with attention to corporate and foundation donors. With oversight from the SDD, this position project manages and implements activities related to the recruitment, stewardship, renewal process for the Met Council Members (annual giving) and Metro’s Advisory Circle (annually).  This position will be active in CRM management, ensuring timely entry of data and prospect information while working closely with prospect research to identify and qualify a pipeline of new prospects for Metro and suggest and help implement paths for recruitment. . The position will work closely with colleagues throughout Brookings, including the research programs and Brookings’ central development, communications, and finance offices.


Development and Implementation of Metro’s fundraising prospect activity and support  (70%)

  • Working closely with the SDD, the Development Officer will execute strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, steward and solicit a growing portfolio of corporate donors that provide support to Metro. 
  • Works closely with Development Coordinator to conduct prospect research to ensure a steady flow of new potential prospects for Metro’s pipeline (5-8 per month).  
  • Implements proposal and renewal process for corporate and foundation donors; coordinates with Development Coordinator to ensure timely submissions; assists with activities related to foundation and institutional support as needed. 
  • Updates Metro’s development-related materials on an annual basis to stay focused on the highest visibility goals and priorities. 
  • Serves as front line fundraiser, managing a portfolio of donors and prospects. Works directly with scholars to understand their fundraising needs and raise the funds accordingly. Answers donor inquiries as needed and appropriate. 
  • Serves as primary point person for foundation and corporate proposals. Ensures that proposals are high-quality, accurate, responsive to Metro research priorities and donor guidelines, approved for submission, in compliance with the Institution’s policies, and submitted to prospective donors in advance of deadlines.  
  • Track renewals, upgrades, new prospects, program requests from corporations, and monthly overall revenue. Approach 2 - 3 new corporations and/or foundations per month.  
  • Maintain strong knowledge of Metro programs, initiatives, labs, and projects. 


Administrative Support  (20%)

  • Ensures timely and accurate updates to Salesforce and Raisers Edge. 
  • Partner with Metro scholars and finance staff to manage grant modifications or special reporting needs and liaises with the funders if modifications or extensions are needed.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


Project Management and Coordination  (10%)

  • Supports SDD and SDO in tracking a stewardship strategy for corporate and foundation donors. 
  • Assists SDD and SDO with managing and tracking a healthy pipeline of prospects to support scholar portfolios.   
  • Conduct research, prepare and provide biographical and financial profiles and reports on potential and identified individuals, corporations and foundations. Suggest strategies for obtaining new prospects in order to ensure the ongoing expansion and renewal of the prospect pool.


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:


Required: Bachelor’s degree; Minimum of five years of professional and/or related experience; Excellent communication, database and spreadsheet skills, including the ability to enter and manipulate data. Preferred: Interest in public policy and economics; familiarity with fundraising in a non-profit environment; experience planning high-level meetings and coordinating event logistics. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Excellent interpersonal, organizational, administrative, and communication skills required. Must be attentive to detail, proactive, discreet and dependable. Must be able to exercise good judgment, take initiative, function independently and work in close cooperation with others. Must be able to project manage and coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines and consistently follow up on details. Must be a positive team player and demonstrate professional demeanor and attire. Must communicate in a clear and polite manner in person and on the phone. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and the capacity to quickly learn other types of software, including Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce is required. Excellent writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading, and editing skills, and the ability to research information and compile it into a concise briefing. 


Additional Information:


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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