Director of Development (CRFB)

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Washington, DC

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has been one of the most visible nonpartisan public policy organizations. For example, during the 2016 election, CRFB was cited 11 times by moderators in the presidential election debates. As the newly installed Administration and Congress turns to tax, healthcare, and retirement policy, CRFB seeks to leverage its nonpartisan credibility to forge consensus solutions to economic challenges that will affect Americans of all ages for decades.

CRFB was founded in 1981 to provide outstanding nonpartisan research and analysis on fiscal issues for policymakers, journalists, and the public. For more than 30 years, it has challenged federal officials of both parties to acknowledge difficult budget realities and to grapple directly with the tough choices necessary to sustainably raise and effectively allocate federal funds. Today, its research has documented the threat posed by our unsustainable national debt, including that federal borrowing and interest payments have grown large enough to crowd out productive investment in the U.S. economy. Left unaddressed, our mounting debt will result in decreased economic growth and lower wages over the next two decades, affecting everyone who makes a living in the country and imperiling federal programs that people count on for healthcare and retirement.

While CRFB has documented the problem, its researchers and policy advocates have also worked to develop and promote nonpartisan solutions. Today, CRFB is seeking a Director of Development to expand support for this critical work.

The Director of Development will join an organization with a reputation for consistently producing the highest-quality work and an environment that prides itself on flexibility and initiative. Reporting to the President and working with Board members, the Senior Vice President, and other senior staff, the Director of Development will be a key partner in all aspects of building a sustainable fundraising program for CRFB. S/he will have access to significant resources as s/he does this work, including the enthusiastic engagement of President Maya MacGuineas as well as a database of contacts, connections to major foundations, and CRFB’s special events. Leveraging and building on these resources, the Director will design development strategies, create internal systems and processes, and build and manage a donor pipeline for a comprehensive fundraising program that includes individuals, foundations, and corporations.

The ideal Director of Development will have:

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, including some experience in a leadership role.
  • Prior experience fundraising within a complex research or public policy institution, particularly those with connections to CRFB’s issue areas, is desirable.
  • Proven ability to develop fundraising strategies that expanded both a donor base and giving levels.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all phases of donor pipeline management, including prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Record of securing large (5- and 6-figure) gifts from all constituencies, including individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Ability to set realistic goals, to organize and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines, and to reliably follow through on established priorities.
  • Commitment to CRFB’s mission and comfort working in a nonpartisan manner to advance it.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree and/or record of continuing professional development is useful.