Vice President of Development

The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank that works to change the policies and practices of rich countries and powerful institutions to reduce global poverty and inequality, and to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for everyone. CGD is a policy crucible, where world class scholars use independent, rigorous research to develop new knowledge and practical solutions. CGD’s fellows are world-class experts in their fields, combining academic rigor and practical experience across a huge range of areas that affect development. Through creative communications and outreach, CGD engages with policymakers, practitioners, thought leaders, media, and engaged citizens to turn ideas into action.

Position Summary

CGD seeks candidates for the newly created role of Vice President of Development. The Vice President will serve as the chief development officer responsible for the integrated leadership of all functions and aspects of fundraising. S/he will develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to establish a culture of philanthropy across the institution, lead new levels of engagement with current and prospective donors, align external funding with the financial needs of CGD, and, ultimately, to increase funding for key programmatic areas and ensure long-term funding for all work. The Vice President must lead the Center in diversifying its sources of contributed revenue, chiefly by building a robust, sustainable, major-gifts-focused pipeline of individual giving prospects and donors. The Vice President will supervise a staff of three, charged with direction and management of all CGD fundraising streams, including individuals, foundations, corporations, and bilateral government donors/grantors. Reporting to the president and serving as a member of the CGD leadership team, the Vice President will be a strategic partner to the president and the chief operating officer, working closely and collaboratively across the institution to carry out the Center’s mission. Additionally, the Vice President will provide leadership and best-practice guidance in the areas of external relations, philanthropic trends, and partnership development. The Vice President will be a critical part of maintaining CGD’s strong reputation as an independent, non-partisan institution.

Required qualifications and experience

  • Understanding of, and some experience with, the context and issues of global development, with the ability to passionately articulate the work and mission of CGD to current and potential donors;
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred; minimum of 15 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign, for a higher education, scientific research, medical, or other nonprofit environment of similar complexity with multiple stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including creating and managing a budget;
  • A history of increasing the effectiveness of a development program and staff through established objectives and performance standards; with strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to shape messaging in order to move individuals and institutions across the spectrum of prospect development, culminating in solicitations appropriate to organizational priorities and donors’ interests;
  • Demonstrated history of securing six, seven, and eight-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual fund strategies to effectively groom the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors;
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and executing strategic communications to complement advancement initiatives and achieve goals;
  • Ability to understand and distill complex academic, technical, and research information, and to weave such into compelling narratives for external audiences; experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating board or other volunteer leaders, and a sophisticated understanding of their role in building an effective fundraising network;
  • Skill at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary;
  • Ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process;
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally.

How to Apply

CGD has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:

Gerard F. Cattie, Jr. - Managing Director, Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
Diversified Search
The Center for Global Development is committed to attracting and maintaining a diverse and dedicated workforce. CGD is an equal opportunity employer. All persons, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation, shall have equal access to positions, limited only by their ability to do the job. Finalists for the positon are subject to a background screening as a condition of employment.