The Institute of Current World Affairs, one of the world’s oldest global fellowship programs, offers a unique employment opportunity with immediate responsibility and the opportunity to have near-term, meaningful impact. We are looking for a dynamic self-starter with development experience to jump-start the fundraising program of this prestigious foundation that charts its origins back to Woodrow Wilson.
The Development Director will be an integral part of a close-knit team, helping ICWA identify and successfully pursue new sources of revenue. This position is flexible for both part- or full-time hours. Working from the office is required, with the possibility of occasional telework. The position also has the potential for growth with the right candidate, both in terms of responsibilities and compensation.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Development Director will perform the following duties:
Craft a comprehensive development strategy in partnership with the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee and ICWA’s Executive Director
Establish a Planned Giving program, reviewing ICWA database of members and past Fellows, and conducting existing prospect research
Spearhead new prospect research (individual donors, corporate sponsors and grant-making organizations) to identify new relationships and funding sources
Identify organizations/institutions in the Washington DC area that may serve as potential sources of funding
Research wider sources of individual, corporate and foundation grant giving
Identify subject areas likely to garner fellowship support from key donors
Cultivate Board-giving, including through training of the Board in development-related activities
Advance ICWA's annual giving program, establishing special giving levels and benefits. Mount special annual fund appeal to past Fellows and build an Annual Fund solicitation committee
Establish powerful “case statements” outlining ICWA’s work and opportunities for donors to support it
Initiate and execute grant applications, including research, proposal writing and grant calendar management
Estimate fundraising and development strategy revenue streams and costs as an input to the organization's strategic planning and budgeting process
Maintain individual, foundation and corporate records in donor management software
Manage donor appeals by drafting letters and creating mailing lists.
Manage donor follow-up
Conceive, organize and participate in fundraising events
Provide general support to other fundraising activities within ICWA
Track and report on the success of specific fundraising/development initiatives and programs
Monitor and evaluate strategy implementation and report to the ED and Board
May be asked to assist with general ICWA operational support, budget development, events management, committee liaising and/or administrative tasks on an as-needed basis
Significant experience in a development office or other non-profit fundraising experience, including experience with duties above
Highly familiar with the Washington DC fundraising environment preferred. Strong preference for candidates who already work in the Washington DC area
Ability to travel domestically on an occasional basis
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suites, Donor Perfect and/or similar fundraising software
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including proofreading
Ability to work independently and proactively
Excellent interpersonal skills
Must demonstrate a high level of accuracy, personalization and attention to detail
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references via e-mail only to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information: This position is slated as either part- full-time, dependent on the right candidate. Compensation is negotiable.
The Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) identifies and cultivates rare potential by immersing promising young professionals in the study of a country, region, or globally important issue, positioning them to become leaders in their fields.
A prestigious two-year ICWA Fellowship provides recipients with the rare gift of time and freedom to explore a region, research a topic and expand thei...r ideas at a formative time in their lives. ICWA Fellowship recipients then join a growing community of distinguished professionals who make vital contributions to their fields.