Job Announcement: Director of Individual Giving

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit national research and analysis organization, is seeking a Director of Individual Giving to join the Center’s Development Department.

The Center is one of the leading organizations in the country working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals. It has attained a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies, and influencing a broad array of policy decisions at the federal and state level.  The Center works on budget and tax policy, nearly all major low-income assistance programs, health care, social insurance, and trends in poverty and income distribution.  The Center’s funding is provided by private foundations and individuals.

Job Overview

The Director of Individual Giving will report to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and will focus on the organization’s overall engagement with individual donors and prospects, bearing primary responsibility for the day-to-day cultivation and management of these relationships.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and execute individual donor programs, including annual giving and appeals, on-line appeals, major gifts, planned gifts, and monthly sustainers
  • Coordinate efforts to expand the individual donor base at all giving levels and implement practices to increase gift size and  maximize retention
  • Solicit, engage, and design cultivation strategies for potential and existing donors
  • Support solicitation, cultivation and stewardship activities by the President, Vice President, Board members and other volunteers
  • Develop and oversee prospecting efforts with individual donors, including managing research to ensure a robust pipeline of prospective major donors
  • Manage development of profiles for existing and prospective donors
  • Design and prepare reports on prospects and donor cultivation, giving, and stewardship
  • Initiate and manage fundraising events to cultivate major donors and prospects
  • Engage existing major  donors and board members as connectors in efforts to broaden donor base
  • Provide other support and leadership as needed for the individual donor program

Qualifications & Requirements

At least seven years of related work experience in the development field, with a significant and demonstrable success in raising funds from individual donors and knowledge of effective strategies for fundraising — particularly major gifts — from individuals. Work with or exposure to planned giving programs preferred.  Strong background working with and communicating to external audiences and diverse groups as a representative of an organization.  Required skills include:

  • Very strong written, verbal, and analytic skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to manage up
  • Comfort with a variety of database platforms
  • Experience as a user of online prospect research tools

Compensation: The salary is commensurate with experience.  Center staff are offered excellent benefits including two options for health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, generous vacation, sick leave and holidays.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should email cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

No phone calls, please.

The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

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