At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.
The Development Office of Urban Institute is seeking a highly-motivated professional to serve as a Development Manager. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Manager will be instrumental in securing donor and prospect support by helping non-experts understand the value of complex research and policy initiatives, strengthening internal and external communications and information capacities, and implementing effective moves management and project tracking systems
How you’ll contribute:
This critical position is an opportunity to contribute to the growth and future direction of one of the nation’s leading research and policy organizations. It requires highly sophisticated written and oral communication skills, advanced project management skills, interest in and familiarity with nonprofit management, and a track record of achieving results for policy and research organizations or other nonprofits.
Fundraising management and strategy
Contributes to the development and implementation of strategies to identify, cultivate, and steward institutional funders.
Manages revenue pipeline and tracking system for top institutional funders and prospects across the Institute.
Participates in and supports regular meetings with key leaders to establish cultivation strategies and goal-setting for top funders.
Supports development of strategic initiatives by researching prospective funders and contributing to fundraising plans.
Works with Coordinator and Director of Development to prepare briefing memos to inform fundraising strategies and equip staff for success in meetings and events.
Serves as the Development team’s primary liaison with Communications Office.
Drafts compelling and accessible newsletters, grant proposals, stewardship messages and other documents that convey the impact of Urban’s research initiatives.
Participates in and supports funder meetings and follow-up communications.
Works with colleagues to collect and curate Urban success stories and accomplishments, and drafts narrative reports that can be drawn upon for stewardship messages.
Maintains up-to-date understanding of domestic policy issues and economic and social policy research. Maintains lists of funders interested in various issue areas for communications and event invitation purposes.
Works with Urban’s events team to advise on event programming that will appeal to a funder audience and build invitation lists for various events tied to Urban’s 50th
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will have:
Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 4 years prior experience in relevant positions.
Proven ability to write compelling documents that synthesize and succinctly communicate research findings to non-research audiences.
Exemplary oral and written communication skills and prior experience writing high-stakes documents and editing the work of others.
Ability to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities, and work well under pressure.
Ability to work and make decisions autonomously, solve problems independently, effectively, and creatively.
Proficiency with databases, on-line research tools and other information technology.
Demonstrated experience in planning and managing successful events a plus.
Commitment to professional ethics in working with highly confidential, sensitive information.
What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital- the epicenter of public policy- among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.
The Urban Institute strives to be a vibrant, creative community of skilled and committed people who bring to their work a whole range of different experiences. Accordingly, the Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer -- Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with education and experience
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