Director of Development (RAND)

Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica, CA

Not currently accepting applications.

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.