Senior Coordinator of Board Development (Job ID: 2023-3295)

Job Function
Posted Date
2 months ago(9/27/2023 10:48 AM)
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 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:

  • Build and nurture relationships with donors and prospects to raise critical financial resources in support of the institution’s fiscal health and advance the mission of Brookings.
  • Safeguard Brookings’s institutional values of Quality, Independence, and Impact.
  • Support our Board of Trustees in carrying out its fiduciary and governance responsibilities to protect and sustain the institution.
  • Amplify the impact of our scholars’ research through compelling and innovative programming for our donors and associated groups.
  • Collaborate closely with our colleagues across Brookings by providing best practice development counsel and services to benefit Central and all research programs.
  • In everything we do, strive for excellence, act with integrity, communicate with honesty, show respect and collegiality, be proactive, collaborative, creative, and solutions oriented.


Position Location:This 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.


Vaccine Policy: Brookings requires all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.  


Individuals 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. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.     ​


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Senior Coordinator of Board Development provides key support and strategic partnership directly to the Vice President and Chief Development Officer (VP and CDO) as well as to the Brookings Central Development team in support of its fundraising goals and, specifically, the Brookings Board of Trustees and International Advisory Council (IAC). Assists with the management of all Board and IAC solicitations, tracking outstanding pledges, and the overall strategy of Board and IAC giving. Maintains the database with the most up to date solicitation and cultivation information. Assists with special projects as required. 


Trustee fundraising and stewardship (40%)

  • Partner with the VP and CDO, Managing Director, and Director of Development Communications on stewardship strategy for the Board of Trustees and IAC 

  • Manage all Trustee and IAC solicitation plans in partnership with the Director of Development Communications, VP and CDO, and Managing Director to ensure that all pledges are being fulfilled 

  • Liaise with the Executive Office on identifying and screening new potential Board of Trustee members; coordinates with the Development Research team on research materials 

  • Track and follow up on next steps to ensure forward movement for Trustees and qualifying and cultivating any new prospects on Brookings's behalf 

  • Work with VP and CDO and Managing director to make sure that all NXT records are up to date 

  • Help develop Trustee giving reports with the Central Development Team and Executive Office 

  • Serve as a liaison between the Central Development Team and Executive Office as needed 


Development research support and coordination (20%)

  • Work with Central Development researchers, other Central Development staff, and Office of General Counsel to synthesize background research materials regarding prospective Trustees and current donors. Format and prepare reports for management and Board review. Regularly update documents. 

  • Manage briefing process for Executive level meetings with Board and IAC. 

  • Assist with analysis of Trustee and IAC member data and projections related to Board composition and Trustee and IAC philanthropy. 

  • Conduct ad-hoc research assignments regarding Board composition and comparative data. 

  • Through general reading, research, and attendance at events (as time permits), keep up to date with Brookings research programs and donor interests. Ensures notification of donors about Brookings events and activities. 


Administrative support for staff and Trustees (20%)

  • Development meeting support: Schedule internal and external meetings regarding Board Development Committee and IAC business. Provide logistical and technical support for remote meetings and conference calls, send calendar appointments, track anticipated attendance, and prepare attendance reports. Ensure agendas and materials are timely distributed in advance and appropriate follow-up occurs. 

  • Respond to development specific to questions from Trustees and IAC members and their staffs about meetings, events, requests for information, etc. 

  • Draft and proofread correspondence. 

  • Take meeting notes and ensure follow-up for the Board Development Committee, IAC, and Trustee Development meetings. 

  • Handle sensitive information and confidential projects. 

  • Coordinate with Director of Board Relations and Assistant Secretary to the Board as needed 


Event support (20%)

  • Serve as a member of the team supporting Board and IAC meetings and special events to which Trustees and/or IAC members are invited, either in-person or remotely. Participate in planning and execution, serving as a resource to staff and Trustees and IAC members, executing some technical requirements of remote meetings, and providing gracious, attentive support at in-person meetings. 


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.  Minimum three years of professional relevant administrative experience required (preferably in a Development Office and/or nonprofit organization).  Experience working with high-net worth or high-profile individuals is highly preferred.  Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Excellent interpersonal, organizational, technical, and communication skills required.  Excellent grammar, spelling, proofreading, and editing skills, and ability to research information and compile for briefings.  Must have acute attention to detail, and be discreet, dependable, and work quickly.  Must have the proven ability to exercise excellent judgment and initiative while maintaining confidentiality.  Professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals.  Ability to interact politely with the public, as well as internal constituents, and have an excellent phone and email manner.  Must be able to function independently and in close cooperation with others.  Must be able to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously and consistently follow up on details.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel, and the capacity to learn other types of software including Publisher, Adobe Pro, and Raiser’s Edge or other CRM. 


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.


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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