Director of Development, Foundation Relations

Urban Institute
Washington, DC

The Urban Institute is a prominent nonpartisan economic and social policy research institution based in Washington, D.C. Urban believes in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities, empowering employees to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. They encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, elevating the debate wherever it takes place.

Founded in 1968 by Lyndon B. Johnson, Urban has worked for more than 50 years to find evidence-based solutions to support families’ economic security, promote racial and economic justice, and revitalize communities. In partnership with prominent agents of change, Urban is pursuing a vision where all people have the chance to thrive in communities that are rich with opportunity.

Urban seeks a new Director of Development, Foundation Relations, who will be a key partner in the continued transformation of fundraising for the organization and expansion of the Development team. The Director will coach and collaborate with a diverse group of researchers, policy analysts, and technical experts to articulate value propositions for current and prospective institutional donors; support the development of multi-million dollar initiatives aligned with Urban’s strategic priorities; and serve as ambassadors for the Institute’s research and reputation, establishing and sustaining relationship with high-level institutional staff to advance fundraising goals.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • At least 10 years of experience in institutional fundraising, preferably including work in a large, complex organization.
  • Experience identifying prospective funders whose interests align with Urban’s programs and working with other staff to develop proposals.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all phases of securing major institutional donations, from identifying a new generation of prospects to building relationships with foundation staff and writing persuasive proposals.
  • Ability to advance multiple projects while managing deadlines.
  • Exceptional writing skills, with substantial experience developing a range of funder communications materials.
  • Desire to be a collaborative member of a close-knit, intellectually curious team.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.

DRi is leading this search for Urban Institute.