Campaign Director - National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Dec 07, 2017
Full Time

The Campaign Director will serve as an essential leader of the National Academies’ upcoming comprehensive fundraising campaign which will have a goal in the hundreds of millions of dollars. A member of the senior leadership team and reporting to the Chief Development Officer, he or she will be responsible for developing and implementing specific plans, policies, and metrics to build and sustain the momentum necessary to meet the National Academies’ campaign objectives. The Campaign Director will manage the central and operational functions of the Office of Development including management of advancement services, finance and administration, events & stewardship, and annual giving & communications.


Central to this end will be the Campaign Director’s work in building the campaign’s case for support, communications messages, volunteer leadership, reporting metrics, and fundraising strategies. The Campaign Director will play an essential role in promoting a clearer sense, internally and externally, of the National Academies’ mission and vision, and will build a culture of philanthropy for the institution, its stakeholders, and supporters. To ensure progress, he or she will regularly analyze campaign data, synthesize it into coherent reports, and prepare presentations to inform the executive and volunteer leadership and other members of the National Academies community.


A campaign of this magnitude will require continued progress toward a greater level of leadership by the Office of Development and collaboration and integration between the National Academies and across program divisions. As an honest broker, the Campaign Director will take the lead in this effort and will work closely with staff across the institution, including executive officers, executive directors, and their boards. The Campaign Director will build a campaign volunteer structure and work closely with key stakeholders in the National Academies including current and former councilors. She or he will provide a strong focus on promoting the success of the individual academies, divisions, and the campaign efforts of the whole. Critical to this effort will be the Campaign Director’s ability to analyze the various data generated by the campaign, make strategic decisions based on that data, and use the data to build and strengthen efforts to identify and engage prospects for all units. The Campaign Director will be asked to lead by example and may have a small portfolio of principal gifts prospects to personally manage.


The Campaign Director will assist in the design and recruitment of volunteer leadership for the campaign. He or she will staff the campaign’s key volunteer leadership, including campaign steering committees. The Campaign Director will also serve as a consultant to volunteer leadership within the units, helping to ensure that these groups are composed of the right people and are well placed to serve an effective and meaningful role.


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) are private, non-profit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Their work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine. The National Academies believe that their people make them unique, so they ensure that their employees feel fulfilled in what they do, and, at the same time, enjoy work-life balance. The National Academies offer a world-class benefits package that includes health, retirement, and transportation benefits.


The Office of Development (OD) is the National Academies’ fundraising arm and raises private support for projects and activities across the National Academies from individuals, corporations, and foundations. As 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, the National Academies count on the generosity of private donations to further their mission to advance science and technology; to advise government on policy for scientific, technical, medical, and engineering institutions; and on applications of science and technology to policy.


During the last two years, the Office of Development has been expanding and private support for the National Academies has grown from circa $17 million to circa $40 million per annum. The office must forge a new and responsive era of leadership by establishing a strong reputation for quality, high-performance, transparency, crisp management, and accountability. The Campaign Director will assist in this effort by ensuring that the campaign is built on a set of well-known and accepted best practices, policies, and standards. Essential to the success of the campaign for the National Academies will be building an internal culture of integrity, transparency, and philanthropy amongst staff and volunteers as well as a high performance culture built upon trust and excellence for the development team.




The Campaign Director will report to the Chief Development Officer.




The Campaign Director, National Academy of Sciences will


• serve as a partner to the Chief Development Officer as a senior leader in strategic and annual planning for all development activities of the National Academies;


• assist the Chief Development Officer in creating and delivering campaign plans and a case for support for the comprehensive fundraising campaign;


• provide senior leadership and line management to all central development functions including annual giving, events and stewardship, advancement services, and operations;


• oversee integrated services to meet the fundraising needs of each Academy and the entire National Academies complex;


• supervise senior staff in central functions including the Directors of Annual Giving, Events and Stewardship, Advancement Services, and Operations;


• provide coaching and mentoring to fundraising staff, senior colleagues, and volunteers across the National Academies;


• train and develop employees to successfully perform current responsibilities and encourage development of staff for future roles;


• form effective teams and cultivate a work environment that fosters teamwork;


• interpret and ensure consistent application of organizational policies;


• initiate personnel actions, including performance and compensation reviews, and disciplinary actions;


• develop comprehensive strategies to maximize donor relationships, craft sophisticated proposals for top-level supporters, manage a small portfolio of top prospects where appropriate, and plan and execute fundraising campaigns with a focus on long-range strategic priorities and transformational giving opportunities;


• represent the Chief Development Officer as needed at internal and external meetings;


• ensure all communications from the Office of Development are of the highest quality and are both compelling and appropriate to the National Academies;


• prepare annual plans including key performance indicators, revenue targets, and expense forecasts following direction from the Chief Development Officer, and establish methods for measuring performance across the Office of Development;


• actively participate in building a culture of teamwork, collaboration, creativity, and high performance with employees of the Office of Development, employees of the National Academies, volunteers, donors, and members of the National Academies; and


• represent the Office of Development in conferences, seminars and other public and private events to advance the goals of the organization.




The successful candidate for the position of Campaign Director, National Academy of Sciences will have


• appreciation of the importance of sciences, engineering, and medicine and the mission of the National Academies;

• thorough understanding of philanthropy and industry trends;

• knowledge and understanding of sophisticated fundraising practices, including corporate giving, annual giving, planned giving techniques, and essential functions of a pro-active and innovative fundraising organization;

• ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement a programmatic approach to building relationships and securing philanthropic support including setting ambitious goals, developing strategies for stewardship, prioritizing activities, planning and delivering events, and orchestrating the involvement of volunteers and organization leadership;

• ability to solve problems of substantial variety and complexity;

• ability to undertake tasks broad in nature, requiring ingenuity, and originality;

• ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues;

• ability to operate independently, and exercise significant latitude for independent judgment, discretion, and action;

• experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness;

• ability to train and develop staff;

• ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams;

• ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other departments through effective communication; and

• excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.



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