Director of Development


The Director of Development (DOD) will play an integral role engaging board members and staff in fundraising efforts as well as coordinating with the Communications staff on the Institute’s efforts to gain awareness, engagement, and support. The DOD will play a leadership role in the growth of the IPI as a member of the IPI’s Executive Team.

This position reports to the President of the IPI and works closely with the Chairman, Executive team, and Board of Trustees.


The main responsibilities of the Director of Development are to:

•    Develop short- and long-range plans including goal setting, strategy identification, benchmarking, and evaluation.

•    Working with Communications staff, Develop a Case for Support and Gift Opportunities that can be supported by philanthropy at the IPI.

•    Research funding sources and trends, and help position the organization ahead of major funding changes.

•    Establish performance measures, monitor results, and build the tools required to evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s development program.

•    Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of major donors including individuals, foundations and corporations.

•    Develop strategies to build long-term relationships with supporters and deepen their commitment to the organization.

•    Manage the conceptualization and execution of special events hosted by IPI leadership, Board Members and Key Constituents.

•    Coordinate the preparation of grant proposals, reports, and donor appeals.

•    Establish processes for and eventually oversee and support all development operations including database management and gift processing.

•    Develop and manage the program budget for development.

•    Assist the staff and board with identification, cultivation, and solicitation of gifts.

•    Advance IPI’s fundraising to generate multi-year support for major priorities.

•    Monitor and report on the progress of the development program at board meetings, senior leadership team meetings, etc and support other board needs as required.

•    Annually, evaluates the performance of the fundraising program and eventually development staff.

•    Other responsibilities as required in partnership with IPI President, Executive Team and Board.


•    Seven–ten years development experience in a leadership role, including work with donors, senior staff, board members, and volunteers.

•    Demonstrated interest in and commitment to IPI’s mission.

•    Outstanding writing and interpersonal skills.

•    Comfort in talking to a wide range of people, soliciting their input, and engaging them in IPI’s mission.

•    Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate effectively across departments.

•    Ability to learn about the research of the IPI.

•    Strategic, creative, ambitious, passionate, self-motivated, and open to learning.

•    Highly organized with strong attention to detail.

•    Ability to balance competing demands and adhere to timelines.

•    Background in science a plus, but not required.

•    Bachelor’s degree or higher.


Closing date for applications is April 9th

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis

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