Manager of Donor Relations (Carnegie)

Carnegie Science
Washington, DC

An incubator of scientific discovery and a home to numerous recipients of the Nobel Prize and Presidential Medal of Science is seeking a Manager of Donor Relations to work side-by-side with scientists to expand support for critical basic research.


The Carnegie Institution for Science—better known today as Carnegie Science—is a unique institution that supports exceptional investigators tackling foundational questions.


Carnegie Science is based on a powerful insight: while we often take the progress of science for granted, science is by definition an exploration of the unknown and requires a group of bold explorers to venture into uncharted territory. Andrew Carnegie recognized this fact over 100 years ago and created an institution that would support outstanding scientists driven by an entrepreneurial, risk-taking spirit. Carnegie’s scientific “experiment” has been a resounding success, and to this day Carnegie Science continues to support ambitious research that addresses the most pressing scientific questions.


Carnegie Science seeks a Manager of Donor Relations to help build a fundraising program to support its scientific community. The Manager will coordinate the development of multi-faceted long-term communication plans and create a systematic and creative approach to engaging donors that includes a range of documents, events, and other forms of outreach. Reporting to the Associate Director of Advancement Services, the Manager of Donor Relations will work in collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, Senior Managers of Individual Giving and Institutional Giving, and other development and institutional partners.


The ideal Manager of Donor Relations will have:


  • At least three to five years of experience in non-profit development; experience in communications or science field is preferred
  • Familiarity with the major donor life cycle and understanding of the principles and best practices of stewarding stakeholders.
  • Record of developing strategic and creative approaches to stakeholder communications and outreach.
  • Excellent written communication skills, particularly in developing public-facing persuasive documents; development communications experience is preferred.
  • Ability to produce high-quality documents at a high volume on tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated capacity to write effectively in the voice of a range of others.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.


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