The Joint Center is a public policy think tank under the leadership of former Obama administration member Spencer Overton that works to improve the socioeconomic status and civic engagement of African Americans. The Joint Center seeks a Director of Development to design a comprehensive fundraising program that advances its short- and long-term strategic goals.
Founded in 1970 to support newly-elected Black officials who were moving from civil rights activism into governance, the Joint Center quickly evolved into America’s Black think tank. It became the policy hub of government officials and public intellectuals concerned about the future of African American communities, such as Maynard Jackson, Shirley Chisholm, John Hope Franklin, Mary Frances Berry, and William Julius Wilson.
Under Spencer Overton’s leadership, the Joint Center has adopted a strategic plan and new programs to renew its relevance to evolving models of work and political engagement in the 21st century. As part of this effort, the Joint Center seeks a Director of Development who will deepen relationships with foundations and create a plan that increases giving across multiple channels. Reporting to the President, the Director will work in collaboration to help the Joint Center’s reach its strategic goals by 2025.
The Director will be enthusiastic about growing a fundraising program and will have particularly confident knowledge of how to expand foundation relationships. A steady leader, the Director will know how to inspire enthusiasm in others and how to analyze data to maximize resources. The Director’s sophisticated leadership will aid in long-term strategic planning for the Joint Center.
The ideal Director of Development will have:
- Record of building, leading, and managing an ambitious development program that advanced an organization’s mission and financial goals.
- Demonstrated knowledge of principles and best practices of non-profit fundraising, including design of giving vehicles, basic financial planning, etc.
- Record of success in establishing and implementing financial goals and strategies, identifying and analyzing challenges, and formulating creative solutions.
- Record of successfully engaging senior leaders and Board members in the fundraising process.
- Experience working with corporate and foundation partners building relationships to increase donations across various fundraising strategies.
- Record of working closely with a chief executive as well as policy and senior strategy teams to develop concept papers and proposals on new areas of work and new areas of interest for funders.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.