Development Director

Center for International Policy
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 13

Position description

‚ÄčThe Center for International Policy is an independent nonprofit center for research, public education and advocacy on U.S. foreign policy. We work to make a peaceful, just and sustainable world the central pursuit of U.S. foreign policy. We offer common sense solutions to the most urgent problems facing our country and our planet: war, corruption, poverty and inequality, and climate


CIP was founded in 1975, in the wake of the Vietnam War, by former diplomats and peace activists who sought to reorient U.S. foreign policy to advance international cooperation as the primary vehicle for solving global challenges and promoting human rights. We bring diverse voices to bear on key foreign policy decisions and make the evidence-based case for how and why the United States must redefine the concept of national security in the 21st century.

The Development Director is responsible for providing leadership in planning, developing, and implementing comprehensive fundraising programs and collaborates with the executive team and other staff in leading and advancing the fundraising strategy for the Center for International Policy. This includes building and maintaining a coherent and coordinated fundraising infrastructure, including durable systems for managing donor relations at all levels from small donors to foundations. 

Position Responsibilities Include: 

The statements listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel as classified.


  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit potential donors to meet annual goals and expectations 
  • Work closely with the Executive Team to create, assess and adjust the annual fundraising strategy, including creation of new materials n support of communications with prospective and current donors and strengthen fundraising processes
  • Monitor and analyze fundraising data to evaluate performance and adjust strategies as needed
  • Oversee implementation of all fundraising activities including outreach mailings and online appeals
  • Plan and execute special events that engage donors and raise funds for the organization
  • Coordinate with the President/CEO to plan and carry out an annual schedule of major donor visits
  • Oversight of the coordination and preparation of all program and general support proposals and grants reports
  • Oversee the development and management of the fundraising budget 
  • Ensure the CIP Bloomerang CRM database is maintained 
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Directors External Affairs Committee

Experience, Skills, and Education

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and a workplace culture that reflects the organization’s core values and vision
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and commitment to CIP’s mission 
  • Requires at least 6 years of progressive professional work experience in development and external relations with previous, proven success meeting organization fundraising goals 
  • At least 5 years of management and supervisory experience at a senior level, with a demonstrated ability to lead within and across teams
  • Significant senior- level communications and public speaking experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to build and develop a fundraising framework from the ground up 
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and supervising staff to achieve strategic goals 

Skills and Education

  • Master’s degree or its international/work equivalent in a relevant field 
  • Ability to effectively communicate CIP’s mission and its work 
  • Grant writing experience
  • Ability to craft compelling arguments in conversation, documents or email 
  • Understands fundraising best practices and is able to identify all target audiences 
  • Can identify development-specific needs, recognize partners required to obtain necessary funding 
  • Strong initiative and follow-through and the capacity to think creatively and strategically
  • Strong ability to influence, motivate, and collaborate with others 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required
  • Must have prior authorization to work in the United States

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