At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.
The Development Office seeks a highly-motivated professional to serve as a Development Manager. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Development Manager will play an instrumental role in a rapidly growing program to secure six- and seven-figure donations from corporate funders, and support the broader Development team’s work with high-net-worth individuals. The successful candidate will work closely with senior researchers and the institution’s leadership to engage current and prospective donors with compelling cases for support during the lead-up to the institute’s 50th anniversary in 2019, and will be responsible for implementing effective moves management and strengthening internal and external communications.
How you’ll contribute:
This critical position is an opportunity to contribute to the growth and future direction of one of the nation’s leading research and policy organizations. It requires highly sophisticated written and oral communication skills, advanced project management skills, interest in and familiarity with nonprofit management, and a track record of achieving results for policy and research organizations or other nonprofits. Experience with corporate and/or individual donor fundraising is preferred.
Fundraising management and strategy
Contributes to the development and implementation of strategies to identify, cultivate, and steward corporate funders.
Serves as moves manager for growing portfolio of current corporate funders, to ensure that the Institute is positioned for renewed and increased support.
Supports broader Development team fundraising efforts, primarily with regard to the cultivation and stewardship of high net worth individuals and development of leadership councils and other donor engagement activities.
Participates in and supports regular meetings with key leaders to establish cultivation strategies and goal-setting for top funders.
Develops customized donor recognition opportunities for corporate funders and helps ensure that grants and contracts are consistent with institutional funding principles.
Coordinates with Communications staff and other departments to secure corporate participation at events.
Works with Senior Director of Development to prepare briefing memos to inform fundraising strategies and equip staff for success in meetings and events.
Participates in and supports funder meetings and follow-up communications.
Works with colleagues to collect and curate Urban success stories and accomplishments, and drafts narrative reports that can be drawn upon for stewardship messages to corporate, individual and foundation donors.
Contributes to newsletters, grant proposals, stewardship messages and other documents that convey the impact of Urban’s research initiatives.
Maintains up-to-date understanding of domestic policy issues and economic and social policy research. Maintains lists of funders interested in various issue areas for communications and event invitation purposes.
Works with Urban’s events team to advise on event programming that will appeal to a funder audience and build invitation lists for various events tied to Urban’s 50th
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will have:
Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 4 years prior experience in relevant positions.
Proven ability to write compelling documents that synthesize and succinctly communicate research findings to non-research audiences.
Exemplary oral and written communication skills and prior experience writing high-stakes documents and editing the work of others.
Ability to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities, and work well under pressure.
Ability to work and make decisions autonomously, solve problems independently, effectively, and creatively.
Proficiency with databases, on-line research tools and other information technology.
Demonstrated experience in planning and managing successful events a plus.
Commitment to professional ethics in working with highly confidential, sensitive information.
What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital- the epicenter of public policy- among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.
The Urban Institute strives to be a vibrant, creative community of skilled and committed people who bring to their work a whole range of different experiences. Accordingly, the Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Additional Salary Information: Competitive and Commensurate with experience
About The Urban Institute
Our mission: the Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.
The Urban Institute builds knowledge about the nation’s social and fiscal challenges, practicing open-minded, evidence-based research to diagnose problems and figure out which policies and programs work best, for whom, and how.
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In the mid-1960s, President Johnson saw the need for independent nonpartisan analysis of the problems facing America's cities and their residents. The President created a blue-ribbon commission of civic leaders who recommended chartering a center to do that work. In 1968, the Urban Institute became that center.
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Deepen public understanding of policy issues
Save government and communities time and money through research on effective and efficient programs
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