Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Advancement Officer serves as a frontline fundraiser for the institute and focuses on raising private gift support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. This full-time position is a member of the President’s Office staff.
- Works collaboratively with the President, the Director of Advancement and key staff to raise private philanthropic support for the institution’s highest priorities, engages the Board of Directors, Statewide Leadership Council, and Advancement Council in fundraising, and expands the institution’s relationships with funders, influencers, and stakeholders.
- As an integral member of the advancement team, participates in fiscal year planning and goal setting, helps to implement strategies that will ensure the unit’s fundraising success and, in consultation with the Director of Advancement, sets individual goals (e.g. face-to-face visits, number of solicitations, etc.) and works to meet and exceed these goals.
- Maintains a portfolio of annual gift prospects with a specific emphasis on identifying new prospects and expanding the number of donors supporting PPIC; helps to build the pipeline for future annual and major gift support.
- Provides support for the Director of Advancement in managing the donor portfolio through all aspects of the giving cycle, including prospect research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, follow-up and acknowledgement, and donor stewardship.
- On an as-needed basis, staffs the President and Director of Advancement on advancement-related activities: provides support for donor visits, meetings and events; writes briefings and talking points; crafts effective and compelling gift proposals; and assists with outreach and follow up.
- Provides support for the Director of Advancement in managing the activities of the Donor Circle, PPIC’s gift club which recognizes unrestricted donors; ensures highly effective stewardship of these key donors to the institute.
- Organizes cultivation and stewardship events for the Donor Circle; handles logistics, invitation lists, and communications, develops event-related materials, talking points, briefings, and assists in preparing leadership for participation in event.
- Crafts effective correspondence for donors and prospects through highly personalized letters, emails, proposals, stewardship reports and other forms of personal correspondence.
- Provides support to the Director of Advancement in overseeing gift records, donor files, and the management of the donor database system.
PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our staff, and key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with our mission of informing and improving public policy through independent, nonpartisan research.
- At least five years of experience in fundraising/development, preferably in an academic, foundation, or policy research organization
- Ability to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives
- Direct experience with face-to-face gift solicitation
- Experience managing donor gift clubs/recognition societies preferred
- Ability to motivate and inspire donors and volunteers to provide philanthropic support for the organization’s initiatives
- Experience planning and executing donor cultivation and stewardship events
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; including political acumen to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies
- Strong project management skills
- Understanding of and interest in public policy research
- Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing work assignments and program priorities
- B.A./B.S. degree or equivalent experience
- Excellent MS Office and donor database skills
To apply, visit
and follow the application instructions. Applications will be considered as they are received, and the application period will remain open until the position has been filled. Please tailor your cover letter to highlight how your credentials meet the qualifications listed above. Submit your cover letter as a text document in the field provided, and include your resume as an attachment to the application.
As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, PPIC is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage women and members of minority groups to apply.
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