The Director of Strategic Engagement will lead the organization’s efforts to raise the resources necessary to deliver world class programming and customized guidance to the philanthropic community. This position will play a leadership role in setting the strategy and direction for fundraising for the organization by creating and implementing a development plan. In addition to guiding the strategy for the fundraising team, the Director will advise the President on his fundraising strategy and activities.
The Director will manage three staff members, two working on foundation grants and the coordinator who, among other responsibilities, focuses on donor research and data for the team. The Director will oversee the direct mail program for prospecting and membership renewal and will develop relationships, as appropriate, with Roundtable donors.
The Philanthropy Roundtable is America’s leading network of charitable donors working to strengthen our free society, uphold donor intent, and protect the freedom to give. The Roundtable currently has a $10 million budget and approximately 660 members, which include individual philanthropists, families, and private and community foundations. Given the nature of the Roundtable’s work, relationships with many of our top funders are maintained by the President and our program directors who work closely with these grant makers on their giving. Therefore, fundraising directly from donors involved with the organization can be secondary to engaging a member or prospect in the programs of the Roundtable.
- Provide strategic leadership and vision around fundraising
- Create and implement a development plan to raise funds sufficient to meet program expenses each year
- Manage Director of Foundation Relations, Senior Grant Writer, and the Development Coordinator
- Work closely with the President to advise on his activities for fundraising and the best way to leverage his position to build relationships, especially with new wealth creators
- As appropriate, develop relationships with Roundtable donors to steward their relationship, grow their involvement with the organization, and solicit contributed support
- Manage the direct mail program, both for prospecting and for membership renewal
- Devise, create, and execute special campaigns targeted at increasing support from our current donor base (past campaigns have included a 25th Anniversary campaign and website campaign)
- Provide guidance on sources of new prospective members and help direct prospect research
- Establish relationships with program and lab directors and assist, where needed, with securing the resources necessary to support their work
- Collaborate with the VP of Marketing and Communications to develop consistent messaging and collateral material around member services and fundraising
- Work closely with the COO on building prospect lists for development
- Complete follow-up and thank you calls as part of the membership renewal process
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Minimum of 10 years development experience, with exposure to direct mail, foundation grant writing, top level donor interaction, and fundraising strategies
- Experience managing staff members and providing leadership and direction
- Demonstrated experience using a donor database to track contributions, donors, and interactions, and comfort in pulling information out of the database to drive strategy, actions, and decisions. Experience with Microsoft CRM/Dynamics 365 is ideal.
- Understand and support the mission and vision of The Philanthropy Roundtable
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- Ability to collaborate well across different departments within the organization
- Ability to consistently meet deadlines
- Capacity to juggle multiple projects at once
- Strong attention to detail and highly organized
- High standard of honesty and able to maintain a high level of confidentiality
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The salary for the Director of Strategic Engagement is competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition, full-time employees are offered generous benefits, including:
- Health, dental, and vision insurance (premium paid by employer)
- Life and disability insurance (premium paid by employer)
- Flexible spending for healthcare and dependent care
- Transportation stipend
- Optional 403(b) retirement account
- SEP IRA contributions after 3 years of service
- Vacation, sick and personal time-off
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:
- Cover letter detailing:
- your salary requirements;
- why your interest and experience makes you an excellent fit for this position, and
- your philosophical interest in the organization’s mission
- Optional: short development-related writing sample
Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: Lauren@talentmarket.org.
Please include “Strategic Engagement, PRT – [Your Name]” in the subject line of your email.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.
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