As an essential member of Brookings Central Development’s frontline fundraising team, the Associate Director of Development is responsible for driving the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for Brookings’s donors and prospects in assigned geographic regions with a focus on raising four-, five-, and six-figure gifts in support of core needs, the Presidential Special Initiatives Fund, and Impact Fund gifts. In addition, the Associate Director will work in partnership with Brookings research program development staff on strategies for prospects who have been identified as having an interest in supporting specific research program initiatives. In close partnership with the supervisor, the Associate Director will develop overall strategy and goals as a member of the Brookings fundraising team. The Associate Director will support the Brookings Council and Society programs, as well as any future engagement program or society, by identifying, recruiting, cultivating and soliciting individuals, corporations, and foundations who could provide financial support for Brookings. With a primary focus on core needs (unrestricted) gifts, the Associate Director’s work will also take a donor-centric approach and refer prospects with interests in Brookings’s research programs to the relevant Development director for further cultivation.
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 of six years of development experience. Demonstrated track record of successfully identifying, qualifying, cultivating, and stewarding donors, and soliciting and closing four-, five-, and six-figure gifts and designing and advancing strategies for major gifts. Extensive travel is required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising database is preferred. Public policy interest and experience preferred. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.
Proactive, self-starting and goal oriented. Excellent interpersonal skills; strong written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including other staff, board members, scholars and donors. Must demonstrate initiative, strong attention to detail, timeliness, discretion, mature judgment, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Must be flexible, diplomatic, positive, and a collaborative, able to work in a fast-paced environment.