Chief Development Officer (Carnegie)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Washington, DC

The world’s only global think tank is seeking a Chief Development Officer to build a comprehensive fundraising program to match its award-winning research program.

Although the world has made extraordinary progress toward peace and prosperity over the past century, we live today in a moment of unprecedented disorder and dislocation, uncertainty and unease. The work of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is more important than ever. Carnegie’s 100 scholars in 20 countries around the world remain committed to the organization’s founding mission of advancing the cause of peace among nations. Together, they are mapping a changing global order and presenting some of the world’s best ideas on how to navigate away from conflict and toward cooperation and understanding. Carnegie’s efforts saw great milestones over the last year, opening its sixth global center, securing more foundation and endowment funding secured than in any other year of the organization’s 117-year history, and endowing the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, a flagship effort to promote the next generation of scholars and practitioners in international affairs.

Carnegie’s global reinvention has been matched by a desire to build a world-class development program to support high-caliber research and policy engagement. Carnegie has a significant endowment of $300M. That endowment, combined with unrestricted giving, continue to generate almost half of Carnegie’s annual $35M budget, with program funding generating another 47%. Carnegie is fortunate to count on the generosity of global citizens, foundations, and corporate leaders who share the institution’s commitment to building a more peaceful world. In 2016, Carnegie reached new highs in program funding, trustee giving, and new endowment gifts. There is significant internal support at Carnegie for investing in development and building on this growth.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is seeking a Chief Development Officer to lead the design and execution of a world-class fundraising program that matches Carnegie’s reputation for rigorous and independent research. The CDO will strategically leverage Carnegie’s significant support for development, including a strong Board that leads by example, to build a world-class development program that grows the endowment, expands and diversifies the donor base, and develops and executes strategies to increase named gifts. The CDO is responsible for working closely with him to engage all of Carnegie’s leaders, staff, and supporters in these efforts. S/he will be a key member of Carnegie’s senior executive team; an effective partner to the President, Board of Trustees, and researchers; a role model and coach for a team of development professionals and support staff; and a lead ambassador to high-level partners and donors.

The ideal Chief Development Officer will have:

  • 10 – 15 years of progressively responsible experience in a complex non-profit organization, including at least some experience in a think tank or other research-based non-profit.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement a comprehensive set of development strategies that lead to diversified funding and sustainable growth in organizations without an organic donor base.
  • Experience developing and implementing world-class major gift fundraising operations.
  • Track record of personally securing 6-, 7-, and 8-figure gifts, including gifts to support research and/or policy initiatives.
  • Experience planning for, leading, or participating in a large fundraising campaign.
  • History of successfully engaging a Board of Trustees and senior leaders in fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively recruit, motivate, and manage a team of development professionals.