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Deputy Director, Development - Leadership Division

Department: LEADERSHIP
Location: Washington, DC


The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

The Leadership Division of the Aspen Institute builds off its 70-year history of developing leaders across generations and place to become more effective, values-based leaders. Today, the Division supports the life-long development of leaders through its seminar offerings, youth programs, and the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Furthermore, as an opportunity to learn from grass-roots community leaders and to activate its leadership networks, Weave: The Social Fabric Project functions within the Leadership Division.

Basic Function: 

The Deputy Director of Development works directly with the Development Coordinator, Development Associate and Director of Development to support the fundraising capabilities of the Leadership Division. This position supports the end-to-end philanthropic donor development process and will function as an ambassador of both the Aspen Institute and the Leadership Division, communicating the mission of the Institute, the Division, and its programs. This position will work in partnership with the Aspen Institute Office of Institutional Advancement to advance the work and funding opportunities of both the Institute and the Leadership Division. The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the frontline fundraising point of contact both internally – interfacing with the directors for several Leadership Division programs – as well as externally with prospective funders.

  • Work with the Director of Development to develop and implement the strategic funding plan for the Leadership Division and its programs.

  • Work with program and Leadership Division development staff to identify new funding sources and prospects and develop strategies for outreach.

  • Create, manage, and maintain accounts in Salesforce as part of the donor cultivation and stewardship process.

  • Assist in the research, organization, and evaluation of prospective funders, as needed.

  • Analyze and evaluate effective fundraising database protocols and outcomes in Salesforce through data collection and report evaluation.

  • Operationalize processes for ongoing cultivation and stewardship of external stakeholders of both the Aspen Institute and the Leadership Division.

  • Author proposals to both individuals and organizations, including planning, strategy, writing, personalized follow-up, and stewardship.

  • Draft, coordinate, and follow through on correspondence regarding both internal and external meetings and minutes, contributions, stewardship, projects and other issues.

  • Uphold and elevate our values, principles, standards and commitment to DEIC when evaluating and forging relationships with donors in a values-aligned way.

Reports To: Director of Development

Required Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Have spent at least five years in a Development or related role. Senior-level fundraising experience is strongly preferred.

  • Experience developing and running major fundraising campaigns to secure 6 and 7-figure gifts. While it is not necessarily required experience to have sourced gifts without the assistance of colleagues previously, there is an expectation that the Deputy Director will do so in this role.

  • Strong interest in the work and mission of the Aspen Institute and the ability to represent the organization externally.

  • Excellent cultural competence and experience working directly with constituents from diverse racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and geographic backgrounds, and are committed to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion through your work.

  • Are service-driven and collaborative, continuously seeking ways to build capacity, find solutions to small and big problem, serve as a thought partner to colleagues, and have a spirit of “no job is beneath me.”

  • Are strategic, thoughtful, and organized with time management and prioritization of tasks.

  • Are resourceful and a self-starter who consistently follows through. Are known for working effectively independently and as part of a diverse team.

  • Possess knowledge of Luminate CRM and Salesforce fundraising software (strongly preferred) and have proficiency with Microsoft Office.

  • Maintain impeccable attention to detail and ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks.

  • Exercise strong judgment and ability to make decisions with the information available, yet, at the same time, know when to ask for help – using appropriate discretion when dealing with confidential information relating to donors.

  • Are a strong communicator, with exceptional written and oral communication skills, at all levels, one-on-one and in groups.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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