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Development Director

Analyst Institute Washington, DC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $98,000 to $120,000 Annually
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, 401k, Dental

As Development Director for Analyst Institute, you’ll be a critical part of our senior executive team, helping our organization secure the resources necessary to meet our expanded goals and vision for 2020 and beyond. This is a new, full-time position, and we seek someone who will embrace the challenge of building out the internal infrastructure needed to raise $2 - $4 million annually, through a combination of major gifts, annual commitments, individual donor solicitations, and engagement of external allies. You’ll also play a key role in the growth of our Directed Research Fund program by helping to secure funds separate from our overall budget to expressly support research conducted with our allies in priority areas of study. Apply here


You should be someone who:

  • Has 5 - 8 years of direct fundraising experience.
  • Can create and oversee the development of systems and infrastructure for a best in class fundraising operation, expanding Analyst Institute’s budget by $2 - $4 million annually.
  • Can develop, lead, monitor, and report out on a multi-year plan for reaching the organization’s fundraising goals as part of routine coordination with the Managing Director and Executive Director on the overall income and expenditure budget.
  • Has a record of success in initiating and cultivating relationships with a diverse array of prospective donors across the private, political, non-profit, and foundation sectors, in a bespoke manner and as part of a broader donor maintenance program.
  • Can leverage your knowledge of donor networks to connect Analyst Institute programs and priorities with the varied interests of those in your network, including as part of our Directed Research Fund program.
  • Is an excellent communicator, especially in written materials and oral presentations.
  • Is comfortable pitching donors independently as needed, as well as staffing the Executive Director and other key stakeholders in such donor meetings.
  • Has experience engaging external allies and stakeholders as part of a broader development strategy, including helping leverage their networks in support of our overall fundraising goals.
  • Has familiarity with legal and compliance requirements related to federal and state regulations, as well as the IRS, for LLC’s, 501(c)4s, and PAC’s.
  • Is self-directed. If you are given a large goal with wide scope, you embrace the challenge and are able to devise strategies that achieve the desired ends within a defined timeframe.
  • Can manage projects start to finish in a detail-oriented manner, even while juggling multiple responsibilities with competing deadlines.
  • Works collaboratively with those of different backgrounds, skill sets, and expertise, and has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Skills and experience that may help you succeed in this role (but are not required) include:

  • Leading and managing a team and/or a desire to expand your management skills. At the outset, you’ll be a one-person Development team, though you’ll have access to and support from Operations staff on a project basis. Longer term, there may be potential to expand the team with an additional 1-2 staff reporting to you.
  • Experience working on a political or advocacy campaign, and/or exposure to Analyst Institute’s signature research and reports.
  • Grant writing experience is considered a plus.


  • Location: This position is located in our Washington, D.C. office, near McPherson Square. Willingness to travel outside the DC area for donor meetings and presentations is required, and is expected to be between 25% and 50% of the Development Director’s time.
  • Compensation range: Salary commensurate with experience, from $98,000 to $120,000 annually.
  • Benefits: These include 100% premium-covered health, dental, and vision care, generous paid time off and comp time for working extended hours during the heat of the cycle, 401k matching, generous parental leave, and professional development stipends for self-directed growth.
  • Application process: We’re looking to fill this role as soon as possible. We will accept applications through October 25 and will review them on a rolling basis. After submission, select applicants will be invited to complete a skills-based assessment as well as participate in multiple interviews.
  • For more information: In a recent progressive jobs survey, Analyst Institute was rated the top place respondents wanted to work. See some of the reasons you may want to work here too and visit our website for more information about the work we do.
  • To apply: Follow this link to fill out an application:

At Analyst Institute, we learn every day that the diversity of our team — in background, identity, thought, and experience — is one of our greatest strengths. We’re an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, non-binary candidates, and LGBTQIA+ candidates to apply. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide sponsorship for those requiring visas or work permits.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided: The position involves skill in using a personal computer; oral and written communication skills; skills in proofreading and editing; use of clear and articulate speech; interpersonal relations skills; reasoning and problem solving skills; ability to work in a fast-paced environment; ability to sit for long periods, stoop, bend, reach and carry light materials (up to 10 pounds); and ability to travel by various methods of transportation, e.g., airplane, car. There will be long periods of screen use, and this role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. This job operates in a professional office environment with artificial light and the majority of work will take place in an open office environment with exposure to possible allergens.

Analyst Institute

Why Work Here?

Using rigorous research to advance progressive causes and issues!

Analyst Institute helps progressive changemakers win big fights by figuring out what really works in politics and social justice organizing. We collaborate directly with progressive organizations across the country to grow the impact of their programs through gold standard research and experimentation, and we serve as a clearinghouse for evidence-based best practices that benefit the entire progressive movement. In a recent progressive jobs survey, Analyst Institute was rated the top place respondents wanted to work, and there are lots of reasons why you may want to work here too: You’ll have impact, and know it. The Analyst Institute is a rigorous research institute, but we don’t care for knowledge built in a vacuum. Our work bridges data analytics and the frontlines, and we combine the best of both to have real-world impact. You’ll play a vital role in this critical moment of organizational growth. With a decade of success under AI’s belt, we’ve got even more ambitious plans for the future. You’ll be a critical component of our success in this next chapter as we expand our scope and vision to help our allies address the challenges of tomorrow. You’ll learn a lot, and quickly. We’ve run hundreds of experiments over the last ten years, and we are always running more. You’ll lead the way in sharing our collective knowledge with those who need it. We’re a public utility for the progressive movement. Beyond our research, we also serve as the steward of the Analyst Group, a space for engaged practitioners, researchers, and donors to share evidence with each other to help the whole progressive movement grow stronger. We work with folks from across the progressive and civic engagement space. From racial justice to labor to the environment to LGBTQIA+ rights to electoral campaigns and everything in between, you’ll work on lots of the progressive issues you care about. Coworkers who have your back. We’re a small but strong team. We’re all in this for the same reason – to make progressive change – so we support each other and put our mission above our egos.


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