Director of Development Public Religion Research Institute Washington, DC
About PRRI Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization that explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape. PRRI’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, pundits, thought leaders, and the general public better understand American public opinion and behavior, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.
Position Summary The Director of Development will work in close collaboration with the CEO and Chief of Staff, as part of PRRI’s executive leadership team, to develop and implement a funding strategy that supports the organization’s sustainability and growth. This position will play a critical role in creating systems and processes to effectively and efficiently identify potential institutional funders and track and manage relationships with existing funders. In addition, the Director of Development will help the CEO, Board, and staff members prepare for meetings with current and potential funders. The ideal candidate will bring strong organizational and communication skills, proven knowledge of best practices in fundraising and foundation relations, and a passion for PRRI’s mission.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Support PRRI’s CEO in creating and executing a development strategy with clearly defined outcomes, activities, and responsibilities
Develop processes and systems to identify potential institutional funders and track and manage existing funding relationships, primarily among major foundations; use data and analytics to drive efficiencies
Plan and prepare for meetings with current and potential supporters and accompany leadership at cultivation meetings
Work collaboratively with staff and Board to engage them in fundraising where appropriate
Work closely with the Chief of Staff to ensure accurate accounting and balancing of all financial information
Manage a small but growing development team
Minimum of five years of nonprofit fundraising experience with major national foundations
Demonstrated track record of cultivating and maintaining relationships with institutional program officers
Exceptional oral and written communication skills and a proven ability to inspire and engage a variety of donors
Strong listening and problem-solving abilities with a positive, can-do attitude
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cultivate teamwork
Strong facility working with fundraising databases, foundation compliance systems such as FLUXX, and using data analytics to maximize funding opportunities
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