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Executive Director (Robertson Foundation) Robertson Foundation for Government

The federal workforce is at a crossroads. A “human capital crisis” caused by an unprecedented number of workers reaching retirement-eligible age, as well as the range of issues confronting the country–from East Asia to the Middle East to Northern Africa, has highlighted the ongoing need to recruit and retain dedicated federal employees. The need for the best and brightest to serve in federal government positions – particularly in the international arena – has never been more critical.

The Robertson Foundation for Government supports efforts to strengthen the federal government and its capacity to recruit and retain top-level talent through a signature Fellowship Program that partners with the best universities in the country. Focusing on foreign policy, national security, and international affairs, the Robertson Foundation empowers a select group of student fellows to pursue rewarding careers with the federal government.

The Robertson Foundation is seeking an Executive Director who will play a crucial role as a bridge between Foundation Fellows and the federal agencies where they ultimately serve. The Executive Director will be responsible for broadening and deepening the Foundation’s network among federal employees, and will work to expand both the number of students enrolled in the Fellows program and the number of students recruited to full-time, federal General Schedule positions after program completion. Reporting to the Board of Directors and overseeing a small staff in a family foundation, the Executive Director will ensure that program design and execution, communications, staffing, and finances cohesively advance the Foundation’s mission and match its high standards.

The ideal Executive Director of the Robertson Foundation will have:

  • At least 5 years of experience in senior program management, with at least 3 years of senior leadership in a non-profit or government environment.
  • Ability to build relationships and partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including university officials, senior government executives, and others.
  • Proven ability to lead, motivate, and manage a staff, including the ability to design a well-structured team, attract talent, foster staff cohesion, and delegate effectively.
  • Strong budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
  • Some knowledge of the intricacies of the federal hiring, onboarding, and staffing process.
  • Extensive knowledge of and a wide network within the federal bureaucracy is highly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree and advanced degree is required.
Washington, DC C-suite
Regional Director of Philanthropy (Coast Guard Foundation) Coast Guard Foundation

More information coming soon…

Stonington, CT Director
Major Gifts Director (Capital Caring) Capital Caring

Federal healthcare legislation may reduce support for healthcare organizations like Capital Caring, which is committed to providing palliative care, hospice, and counseling services throughout the Greater Washington area without regard to patients’ ability to pay. Capital Caring is seeking a Major Gifts Director to expand its private fundraising program and help it meet this commitment.

Since 1977, Capital Caring has helped more than 110,000 families cope with advanced illness. From a network of 8 offices located from Prince George’s County in Maryland to Washington, D.C. to Brunswick County in Virginia, Capital Caring has delivered some of the best care in the United States wherever patients call home.

The private fundraising program at Capital Caring currently generates more than 8% of the $94M budget that sustains this care. The 14-person development team, reporting to Vice President of Resource Development Jeff Kost, runs initiatives that include major giving from individuals and business, foundation grants, an annual fund, special events, and thrift stores. Capital Caring is seeking an ambitious, proactive Major Gifts Director to generate new individual and corporate fundraising prospects, deepen engagement of existing donors, and work to cultivate and steward significant donor relationships. The successful candidate will take personal satisfaction in matching donor interests to strategic goals and will be a sophisticated relationship builder with an understanding of the key principles of portfolio management.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years of experience in a fundraising program of a non-profit organizations
  • A background in healthcare and grateful patient fundraising is useful but not required.
  • Understanding of the principles and best practices of individual donor pipeline development and portfolio management, including moves management processes.
  • Experience soliciting 4- and/or 5-figure gifts.
  • Specific knowledge of/experience with either planned or corporate giving.
  • Knowledge of prospects and donors in the metropolitan D.C. area.
  • Excellent communications skills necessary to discuss emotionally challenging issues with diverse audiences and collaborate effectively on an internal team.
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge or other donor database and in Microsoft Office products (including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Undergraduate degree is required.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://www.driconsulting.com.

Falls Church, VA Director
Director of Advancement (Virginia Institute of Autism) Virginia Institute of Autism

For 20 years, the Virginia Institute of Autism has been one of the premier institutions in the country dedicated to providing effective, evidence-based services to people living with autism.

Driven by the core values of Dedication, Compassion, Effectiveness, and Innovation, VIA is committed to creating pioneering programs that offer best-in-class models for how services can more effectively and efficiently help people with autism and their families throughout their lives. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), calls VIA’s School, Outpatient, and Adult programs “a gold standard for the field.” The families that VIA serves call these programs “life-changing.”

VIA is seeking to build an Advancement department that is as deeply grounded in metrics and measurable outcomes as the programs that the department funds. The department has historically run a successful annual giving and special events program and has high-level prospects for volunteer leadership. With deep connections within the community and growing external recognition, VIA has a rich supply of opportunities to build new local and national partnerships and to access new resources necessary to grow in scope and reach. VIA has begun to leverage its opportunities by embarking on the planning stages for a capital campaign to build a major new facility. The Advancement department will take the lead on launching the campaign and will marshal existing relationships and results to consolidate successes and grow in new directions.

VIA is seeking a Director of Advancement to be the primary strategic architect of this effort. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Board of Directors and the Board Philanthropy Committee, the Director of Advancement will lead the advancement team to design and implement a comprehensive, results-oriented fundraising plan that advances VIA’s mission and goals and improves the lives of people living with autism.

The ideal Director of Advancement will have:

  • Minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in a comprehensive non-profit fundraising program, including at least 2 years in a position with staff management.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and monitor the strategic direction of a complex development program and to ensure its alignment with organizational goals; includes ability to develop data-driven and evidence-based initiatives.
  • Experience establishing strong relationships with executive leaders and volunteer Boards.
  • Track record of securing 5- and 6-figure gifts from individuals and institutions.
  • Experience in at least one successful capital campaign.
  • Sincere passion for and understanding of VIA’s commitment to those living with autism spectrum disorder and the ability to be a compelling ambassador for its values.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is preferred.
Charlottesville, VA Director
Chief Development Officer (Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation) Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Marines make legendary sacrifices; sending their children to school shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation was established in 1962 to honor Marines by educating their children.

The nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is also the only program committed to awarding 100% of all eligible applicants. The 40,000 scholarships it has awarded, worth nearly $120 million, have delivered impact far beyond individual tuition assistance. Statistics show that by the time they’re ready to enter careers, children of Marine families outperform their peers by a nearly 2 to 1 margin. 90% of MCSF scholarship recipients graduate or are on track to do so—a rate that is nearly twice the national average—and 45% of these graduates are earning degrees in science, technology, engineering, math, and health science fields, leaving them poised to make significant contributions in fields critical to the military, to their communities, and to the nation.

To sustain this level of impact, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is seeking to grow to match rising demand. Applications have risen every year for the last decade and are expected to increase a potential 7% each of the next 5 years. At this rate, the Foundation must be prepared to fund more than $55 million worth of scholarship awards and program support by 2022. Under the leadership of President & CEO Margaret Davis, the organization has marshaled every department in the organization behind an investor-centered strategic plan dedicated to achieving this goal.

As part of its growth, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is seeking a Chief Development Officer to lead a comprehensive major gift program. Reporting to the President & CEO and serving as a confident member of the senior leadership team, the Chief Development Officer leads the design and execution of all aspects of a $19M program and of regular capital campaigns. As the Foundation’s chief fundraiser, s/he provides strategic counsel, directs and mentors a team of major and planned giving officers, and takes a highly engaged role both in designing the expansion of the fundraising program and in managing relationships with key stakeholders, including Board members, donors, and partners.

The ideal Chief Development Officer will have:

  • 10+ years of experience in the development program of a non-profit organization; at least 5 years of experience in a leadership role.
  • Successful experience working with individual donors and securing 6- and 7-figure gifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with senior leaders and Board members and to facilitate, guide, and encourage their engagement in the fundraising process.
  • Record of setting and meeting ambitious growth goals in both major gift programs and campaigns.
  • Prior experience leading an effective fundraising team to measurably increase performance.
  • Commitment to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s mission and core values and an ability to model them in relationships with colleagues and partners.
  • Ability to work in an organization that embraces a model of steady leadership and accountability.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field.
Alexandria, VA C-suite
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy (NPF) National Park Foundation

The Mission:  On March 1, 1872, the United States became the first country in the world to create a national park when it opened Yellowstone. Today, Yellowstone is one of 413 national parks spanning the United States. The National Park Foundation works in partnership with the National Park Service to enrich America’s national parks by providing support, expanding partnerships, and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. Chartered by Congress in 1967, NPF was founded on a century-old legacy of private citizens from all walks of life taking action to establish and protect the nation’s parks. This work is even more important as we enter the second century of the National Parks, a century when a changing climate, shifting demographics, and increased visitor use will pose even bigger challenges to these special places.

The Opportunity:  The National Park Foundation is seeking a Senior Vice President, Philanthropy who will be responsible for developing a best-in-class fundraising program to guarantee critical support for the nation’s parks. Reporting to the Executive Vice President & COO, the SVP will design and direct the execution of strategic annual and multi‐year fundraising plans to achieve measurable outcomes, including the goals of The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks. S/he will manage a portfolio of the highest-level major gift donors and prospects and will orchestrate senior leaders in their cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. In addition to taking a primary role in securing gifts, s/he will model key processes that foster a department-wide focus on collaboration, efficiency, and metrics‐based performance outcomes.

The Candidate:  The ideal Senior Vice President, Philanthropy will excel at building and leading all aspects of highly successful major gift fundraising programs. A proven fundraiser, s/he will also be a collaborative leader and strong communicator who can be proactive in building a donor base and in leading a highly accomplished team to expand performance department-wide. The SVP will be able to form positive relationships across the organization and with board members, as well as with external stakeholders such as major donors, private foundations, and other partners within the national park network, to build a strategic and comprehensive approach to the expansion of NPF’s major donor engagement.

Basic Requirements:

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible development and fundraising experience, with proven supervisory experience.
  • Expertise in developing and implementing a cohesive, innovative, and integrated development strategy that has resulted in measurable and significant revenue growth.
  • Record of managing a diverse donor portfolio and securing six- and seven-figure major gifts and grants from individuals and foundations.
  • Experience working effectively with members of the senior leadership team, as well as with board members and other high-level volunteers.
  • Creativity and entrepreneurialism; willingness to try new ideas and think “outside the box” and ability to motivate the team to do the same.
  • Strong affinity for the national parks with the ability to serve as a compelling ambassador for the National Park Foundation.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and/or record of continuing professional development preferred.
Washington, DC Vice President
Director for Egypt (ARCE) American Research Center in Egypt

For more than 68 years, The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has represented American efforts to study Egypt’s cultural history through research, excavation, and conservation. ARCE facilitates the work of American institutions and scholars through communications with various Egyptian government ministries and it works together with other foreign missions to support a variety of cultural heritage projects. Over the last 20 years, ARCE has worked in close collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities (MOA) with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The result is that over 80 projects of monument conservation and specialized training have been completed and over 800 Egyptian archaeologists and conservators have been trained in preserving Egyptian culture.

ARCE is looking for a Director for Egypt who will represent the expertise of the organization in preserving the cultural heritage of and advancing research into one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Director for Egypt will manage ARCE’s Cairo office and provide expert oversight for a network of projects being carried out throughout Egypt and funded by USAID and other external grant funds. Reporting administratively to the Executive Director in the U.S. and to the Board of Governors at Board meetings throughout the year, the Director will provide subject matter expertise and exceptional organizational and relationship-building skills in order to ensure the quality and visibility of ARCE’s work within Egypt. S/he will take primary responsibility for overseeing a team of Egypt-based Project Directors, serve as ARCE’s primary public representative in the country, and work with ARCE’s international staff to help steer the organization to be the leading global force in facilitating research and collaborative partnerships in Egypt.

The ideal Director for Egypt will have:

  • At least five years of experience in a position of authority within academia or the private/ public sector.
  • Familiarity with the principles of archaeological preservation and conservation and the ability to assess and audit adherence to them in field work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in Egypt’s cultural heritage, as evidenced through academic background or time and effort spent within the country, and a passion for the advancement of research on Egyptian culture and history.
  • Arabic language speaking skills are preferred.
  • PhD in Egyptology, Anthropology, or cultural heritage of Egypt up to the Ottoman era.
  • Strong interest in making a home in Egypt and working with Egyptian people on ARCE’s behalf.

Submit all inquiries and applications to search@driconsulting.com. Responses are due by August, 1, 2017.

Cairo, Egypt Director
Senior Director of Philanthropy (Year Up) Year Up National Capital Region

More than 6 million talented and motivated young adults in the U.S. are disconnected from stable career pathways. At the same time, U.S. companies have jobs available, but more than 12 million of them will go unfilled in the next decade. Year Up seeks to close this Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up runs intensive 1-year programs that offer professional skill development, college credits, staff support, and mentorship. 85% of graduates are employed or attending college full-time within 4 months of completing the program. 

Year Up is seeking a Senior Director of Philanthropy to play a critical role in rapidly growing Year Up and closing the Opportunity Divide for more students. Reporting to the National Director of Development and to the Executive Director of the National Capital Region, the Senior Director will generate new fundraising prospects, deepen the engagement of existing donors, and work with Year Up’s national and local leaders and volunteers to cultivate and steward significant donor relationships. The successful candidate will take personal satisfaction in matching donor interests to strategic goals and will be a sophisticated relationship builder with a proven track record of securing 6-figure gifts from individuals and family foundations.

The ideal Senior Director of Philanthropy will have:

  • At least 7 years of fundraising success with an emphasis on 6-figure and larger individual major gifts.
  • Experience and confident knowledge of donor pipeline development.
  • Experience working with prospects and donors within both the philanthropic and business worlds in the Washington, DC market.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint; experience in SalesForce or donor database preferred.
  • Communications skills sufficient for clearly discussing complex issues with and energizing diverse audiences, both in writing and in presentations.
  • Passion for working with urban young adults, unshakable conviction of their potential, and strong commitment to and investment in Year Up’s mission.
  • Personal dedication to diversity and inclusion.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others in complex team environments that engage supervisors, volunteers, and colleagues at the national and regional levels; assiduous attention to sharing information is critical.
  • Undergraduate degree is preferred.
Washington, DC Director
Director of Development (RAND) Pardee RAND Graduate School

At the RAND Corporation and the Pardee RAND Graduate School, “multidisciplinary” is more than just a buzzword.

Teams of multidisciplinary researchers at RAND and students at Pardee RAND recently worked together with Ugandan partners to develop a Top Chef-style contest that is creating country-wide excitement about a nutritional diet. Other research teams have evaluated the use of social media to track non-state actors such as ISIS and generated potential solutions to the crisis in the Bureau of Veterans Affairs.

RAND is the only public policy institute with a Ph.D.-granting graduate school, and Pardee RAND is the largest public policy Ph.D. program in the nation. The unique relationship between RAND and Pardee RAND creates unparalleled research and educational opportunities that help develop solutions to public policy challenges and make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

RAND is seeking a Director of Development to expand funding for Pardee RAND in order to support these opportunities and to transform public policy education for students, RAND, and the broader field of public policy analysis. Reporting to RAND’s Executive Director of Development, the Director of Development will serve as the chief fundraiser for Pardee RAND and the primary fundraising advisor to the school’s Dean. S/he will take a leadership role in developing and executing a major fundraising campaign to advance the school’s strategic priorities and in designing the strategies and systems necessary to expand its base of long-term supporters.

The ideal Director of Development will have:

  • 9 years of fundraising experience in the non-profit sector, with at least 3 years in a supervisory role.
  • Familiarity with educational, public policy, and/or research institutions.
  • Proven ability to secure 6- and 7-figure gifts from individual donors.
  • Experience in a leadership role in a successful, large-scale fundraising campaign, preferably in an education or research institution.
  • Evidence of the ability to develop a case for support for research initiatives.
  • Naturally collaborative work style and willingness to create opportunities for input and feedback from multiple stakeholders and constituencies.
  • B.A. or B.S. degree required; Master’s or other advanced degree is preferred.
Santa Monica, CA Director
Planned Giving Director (AAUW) AAUW

Many of AAUW’s 170,000 members have spent their lives at the forefront of the 20th century’s greatest fights for gender equity. They are committed to cementing the legacy they have created for a new generation of women and to preserving AAUW’s ability to confront evolving public policy challenges to complete economic, social, and political equity for women.


AAUW is seeking a Senior Manager of Planned Giving to work closely with these members and other prospective donors in order to sustain their legacy through a comprehensive array of planned gifts that underwrite AAUW’s future.

Founded in 1881 to help women gain access to a college education, AAUW has grown into a powerful grassroots network with more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and more than 800 college and university partners. Across this broad and lively network, AAUW conducts award-winning research on the most critical gender equity challenges; conducts thousands of Congressional visits to advocate for the Violence Against Women Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and other significant national policies; pioneers programs that help women break entrenched barriers to STEM career paths and to equal pay in any career; and provides nearly $4M in funding for graduate education for women each year.

The Senior Manager of Planned Giving will join a $7M development department that includes membership and annual giving, major and planned giving, and corporate development. Reporting to the Vice President of Major and Planned Giving, s/he will lead and coordinate organization-wide efforts to expand the base of donors making a comprehensive range of planned gifts to AAUW, including charitable gift annuities, life insurance, bequests, and more. A donor-centered fundraiser, s/he will be able to work easily with donors at all levels and of all backgrounds in a non-partisan gender equity organization while also coordinating expertly with allied professionals, such as estate planning attorneys and financial planners.

The ideal Senior Manager of Planned Giving will have:

  • 5 years of experience in a successful fundraising role in a national non-profit organization; experience in a membership organization is preferred.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of planned giving, including donor cultivation, giving vehicles, and legal requirements for an organization operating in 50 states.
  • Track record of developing creative proposals that align donor interests with organizational priorities and of securing 5- and 6-figure gifts.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a customer service approach to donor cultivation.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with high-level volunteers and donors.
  • Ability to take the initiative; to see projects through from end to end; and to meticulously organize, document, and track progress.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; law degree is useful.
Washington, DC Director