Director of Philanthropy

Peterson Institute for International Economics
Washington, DC

The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to strengthening prosperity and human welfare in the global economy through expert analysis and practical policy solutions. Policy makers, peers, and the media have recognized PIIE’s contributions as a principled force and catalyst for the world economy. PIIE has been recognized with Prospect’s Best Economic and Financial Think Tank award, for 5 consecutive years, and has been rated as the #1 International and Economics Policy Think Tank in the world in the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics is seeking an experienced and passionate fundraising professional to serve in the newly created position of Director of Philanthropy (the Director). Reporting to the Vice President for Development and External Affairs, The Director will serve on the PIIE Development team and interact with PIIE leadership, Board members, and donors in the execution of fundraising initiatives.

While PIIE’s reputation stands at the top of its peer group, PIIE’s Executive Committee and Leadership have recently undertaken a complete review of its Development strategy, and are executing the strategic plan including: professionalizing its Development team and systems; integrating the Development and External Relations functions; broadening targeting efforts and more actively engaging donors and stakeholders; taking a global view to setting the Institute’s priorities and fundraising in support of the most critical PIIE research areas/themes/future projects. Qualifications include:

  • 10 or more years of professional, relevant experience with at least half in fundraising/development and external relations at leadership levels, is required. A Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • The ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement a strategic approach to building relationships and securing philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Strong, proven record of fundraising success, particularly including identification and relationship building. Experience in all the phases of prospect development from identification through stewardship.
  • An understanding of PIIE’s mission and areas of focus and an ability to articulate the mission and impact of PIIE to current and potential donors. Familiarity with policy research, think tanks, and the landscape of issues in international economics is a positive.
  • Organizational leadership experience, including leading teams effectively to achieve goals.
  • Experience playing a major role in a Capital Campaign, including pipelines, prospect tracking, task assignment, and maintenance of timelines.
  • Experience with CRM systems (preferably Salesforce) and analytic tools.
  • Intellectual acuity and curiosity; poise, self-confidence and a healthy sense of humor.
  • Ability to travel internationally.

Salary: $150,000

Consultant: Doug Trout – 703-718-4761 | [email protected]

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