Director of Development

Urban Institute
Washington, DC

The Urban Institute is the trusted source for unbiased, authoritative insights that inform consequential choices about the well-being of people and places in the United States. We are a leading nonprofit research organization that believes decisions shaped by facts, rather than ideology, have the power to improve public policy and practice, strengthen communities, and transform people’s lives for the better.


Our experts diagnose current challenges and look ahead to identify opportunities for change. And we don’t stop there. We use our research findings to help stakeholders craft relevant solutions and strategies that address today’s concerns and avert tomorrow’s roadblocks. And we share our insights in real time with influencers eager to make smarter decisions.


Urban seeks a new Director of Development that will be a key partner in the continued evolution of fundraising for the organization. They will coach and collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and policy analysts to articulate value propositions and will play a critical role in stewarding and cultivating institutional prospects and donors. The director will work closely with Urban’s President and leadership team to develop multi-million-dollar initiatives, joining a diverse team of senior strategists and fundraisers shaping the direction of the Urban Institute and elevating its influence.


The ideal Director of Development will have:


  • At least 10 years of experience in institutional fundraising, preferably in a large, complex organization.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all phases of securing major institutional donations, from identifying a next generation of prospects to building relationships with foundation staff and writing convincing proposals.
  • Ability to advance multiple projects while managing deadlines. Deep experience with major foundations, including establishing relationships, cultivating and stewarding grant officers.
  • Demonstrated ability to become a trusted partner of researchers, facilitating and guiding their engagement in the development process.
  • Exceptional writing skills; desire to be a collaborative member of a close-knit, intellectually curious team.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree and/or record of continuing professional development is preferred.


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