Vice President, Development and External Affairs

Institute for Women's Policy Research
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 18

Position description

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is the nation’s preeminent think tank committed to achieving economic equity for women and eliminating structural and institutional barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce and society.


IWPR’s mission is to build knowledge and evidence to support policies that help grow women’s economic power and influence in society, close inequality gaps, and improve the economic security and well-being of girls, women, and families. We generate the ideas that build power and economic equity for all women.


Statement on Racial Equity and Intersectionality

At IWPR, we believe social and economic mobility in the United States is determined and influenced by race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other markers of difference. In working to achieve economic equity and to better understand the experiences of all women in the workforce and in society, we use both racial equity and intersectional frameworks in our research and analysis to help generate strategies and solutions that are grounded in the economic realities of women and families. 


We also prioritize building an inclusive and welcoming work environment that values the diverse perspectives and experiences of all staff. 



IWPR seeks a Vice President, Development and External Affairs to manage the organization’s fundraising and development activities, including establishing and managing the infrastructure to raise funds to build its core programs and initiatives. They will also develop, lead and execute strategic initiatives to advance IWPR’s thought leadership and position the organization as a leading voice on the economy and the economic security and well-being of women and families. The Vice President, Development and External Affairs is responsible for overseeing all revenue-generating activities–including individual giving, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, and identifying new revenue streams–with the goal of expanding and diversifying the organization’s donor base to meet its fundraising goals. 

The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial, goal-oriented, and relationship-driven collaborative leader. They are also a proven nonprofit fundraising professional with experience cultivating major donors, soliciting support for research and policy-advocacy, and meeting or exceeding revenue goals. They will have excellent writing skills and have the ability to develop compelling messaging and content across all communication channels including print, digital and television. 

The Vice President of Development and External Affairs is a part of the Executive Leadership team and reports to the President/CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and oversees a staff of five.

This position is full-time and non-exempt, and reports to the President/CEO.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Develop a strategic plan and vision for development and external affairs at IWPR;
  • Formulate short and long-term fundraising goals for IWPR in support of the organization’s mission and institutional strategic plan.
  • Lead the development and communications teams, and oversee the preparation and implementation by direct reports of work plans, timelines and actions to meet annual revenue and external impact goals.
  • As part of the Executive Leadership Team, help develop organizational priorities and direction and provide strategic guidance on funding and external impact and influence; and
  • Represent IWPR at high-level meetings and events.


Fundraising and Development Core Competencies

  • Proven track record raising support, including six-seven figure gifts or investments, from public and private foundations, and individual or major donors; 
  • Ability to cultivate and solicit gifts independently or with the President and CEO, Program Directors, staff and members of the Board of Directors;
  • Ability to write, review and approve solicitations, proposals and other communications prepared for donors to ensure quality and accuracy; 
  • Develop a small donor digital giving program and other fundraising activities to diversify our donor base; and 
  • Diversify and pursue new revenue streams to increase IWPR’s long-term fiscal health including tracking revenue and fundraising trends in order to anticipate  future opportunities for expansion; 

External Affairs Core Competencies

·       Grow IWPR’s profile and expand individual engagement with the organization by sharply defining IWPR’s national brand, broadening its visibility, and attracting significant support and resources to advance its strategic goals.

·       Provide oversight of annual and major giving from all constituencies as well as art production, supporter engagement, digital campaigns, and media relations. 

·       Work to ensure effective coordination across departments in order to execute on engagement initiatives and campaigns;

  • Ability to raise awareness of the organization and its mission through outreach efforts and regular event and donor engagement strategies; and
  • In collaboration with the Senior Director of Communications oversee the Annual Report and other donor materials production.


  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including presentation skills;
  • Record of successful partnership with a CEO and Board of Directors;
  • Demonstrated ability to build a well-supported, carefully nurtured, and high-performing team.
  • Demonstrated ability to steer the development of an organizational brand and identity.
  • Superior problem-solving, managerial, and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization;
  • Effective, versatile, and action oriented; and
  • Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities.

Education and Experience

At least 8 years senior leadership experience, with at least 6 years in a development and/or external affairs role; experience working with think tanks or researchers is desirable. Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred.

Application instructions

To apply, submit one file including: a cover letter, resume and relevant writing sample. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. 

Individuals from underrepresented groups encouraged to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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