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If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.

Director, Development & Partnerships

Department: LEADERSHIP
Location: DC or Flexible , DC
Salary: $148,000 - $162,000 per year

The Aspen Institute

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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment, and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from others. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.

The Opportunity

The Aspen Global Leadership Network builds off the Aspen Institute builds off its 70-year history of developing leaders across generations and place to become more whole hearted, values-based leaders. Today, the AGLN is a global, intergenerational network of nearly 4,000 leaders. The AGLN is made up of 13 different Fellowships and, together, makes up a lifelong global community of fellows that is committed to advancing a just, free and equitable society.

Role Essentials

The Director of Development works directly with the Vice President - AGLN to fully own and drive the resource mobilization strategy and execution of the AGLN and its multiple fellowships. This position supports the end-to-end philanthropic donor development process and will function as an ambassador of both the Aspen Institute and the AGLN, communicating the mission of the Institute, the Division, and its programs. This position will work in lockstep with Executive Directors of Fellowship programs to design and execute a resource mobilization strategy, and will coordinate closely with the Development teams of the Leadership Division and Aspen Institute The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Own the KPI on resource mobilization across multiple  AGLN products (12 fellowships across the world, global gatherings, impact strategies etc) to sustainably support an annual budget of $15M.

  • Serve as the frontline fundraising point of contact externally with prospective funders, with the goal of stewarding inspiring and deepening experiences.

  • Take a client-centric approach in directly interfacing with and partnering the executive directors for several AGLN Fellowships and their fundraising KPIs. 

  • Work with the Executive Directors and relevant stakeholders  to develop and implement the strategic funding plan for the AGLN and its fellowships.

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

  • Fully lead business development efforts, owning the research, organization, and evaluation of cultivating new prospective funders into our pipeline.

  •  Lead ongoing cultivation and stewardship of external stakeholders of both the Aspen Institute and the AGLN. 

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

  • Work closely with development team to ensure seamless and strategic coordination of efforts.

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

  • Work with the Marketing and Communications teams across fellowships and AGLN  to develop powerful fundraising narratives and supporting materials.

  • Design and execute event and engagement strategy for prospective funders, creatively engaging Aspen network to cultivate new communities of funders.

  • Work with Vice President and relevant Executive Directors of Fellowships to create network activation strategy; providing frontline fundraising support and managing follow-up with briefing and/or supporting materials.

Reports To: Vice President, AGLN

Required Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Passionately believes in the power of advance a just, equitable and open society through dialogue and community.

  • 8+ years leadership experience in a development or related non-profit role. Senior-level fundraising experience is required.

  • Experience developing and running major fundraising campaigns to secure 6 and 7-figure gifts.

  • Experience working across foundations, corporates, family offices and high net worth individuals.

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

  • A natural collaborator and experience working across multiple teams to deliver exceptional results.

  • 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 offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

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.

Individuals needing an accommodation to complete the job application can contact or call (202) 736-1074.



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