The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), a 31 year-old 501(c)(3) free-market, conservative think tank based in Irving, Texas (Dallas), is looking for a Director of Development with strong event skills.
As our first-ever full-time Director of Development, you will have the opportunity to leverage IPI’s great policy work on a set of issues related to economic growth at both the federal and state levels by designing, implementing and managing a consistent, balanced development system, with an emphasis on individual giving and foundation grants.
IPI also has a high-stakes program of events in Dallas underwritten by a generous donor, and your skills will help us gain maximum benefit to the organization from these events and deliver maximum return on the donor’s grant.
In this position, which is based in Irving, you will have the full support, cooperation and gratitude of IPI’s existing staff and officers, who eagerly await your arrival. The successful candidate will be the missing ingredient and the catalyst to propel IPI’s growth to the next several levels.
While IPI is based in Texas, our policy reach is national. From a development perspective that means the organization can draw from a national donor base rather than being state or regionally limited. At the same time, we have a local presence in Dallas with abundant potential for growth.
The Director’s main responsibilities will include:
- Instituting a program of foundation solicitations
- Instituting an organized outreach program to individual donors
- Primary management responsibility for policy and fundraising events, including driving donor participation and table sponsorships, with an expectation toward expanding those events
- Skilled use of IPI’s Salesforce CRM environment
Our Dallas Metroplex location and close proximity to DFW Airport will make travel easy for the Director.
The Ideal Candidate
We’re looking for a candidate with several years’ successful experience in a similar organization who is looking to run their own development program (and perhaps for an excuse to move to Texas). You will already know the key foundations to target with grant requests, and ideally you will already be at least somewhat familiar with IPI’s work and our place in the movement for individual liberty and economic growth.
The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
- 3+ years of development experience in a comparable organization or environment
- Specific knowledge of appropriate foundations to target for grants to a conservative, free-market policy 501(c)(3) or knowledge of how to identify such foundations
- Events management experience preferred but not required
- Some travel is always necessary in development, but we do not see this as a “road job” (no more than 20% travel outside the DFW metroplex)
IPI’s environment is highly flexible, family friendly, and conservative in personality as well as in policy orientation. The successful candidate will be able to rely upon the full assistance and cooperation of IPI’s experienced, low-turnover staff.
How to Apply
To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in the organization’s mission, how your background and experience make you a good fit for the role, and your salary requirements
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