Associate Director, Advancement Programs & Philanthropic Impact




The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is the nation’s preeminent think tank committed to achieving economic equity for women and eliminating structural and institutional barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce and society.

IWPR’s mission is to build knowledge and evidence to support policies that help grow women’s economic power and influence in society, close inequality gaps, and improve the economic security and well-being of girls, women, and families. We generate the ideas that build power and economic equity for all women.

Statement on Racial Equity and Intersectionality

At IWPR, we believe social and economic mobility in the United States is determined and influenced by race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other markers of difference. In working to achieve economic equity and to better understand the experiences of all women in the workforce and in society, we use both racial equity and intersectional frameworks in our research and analysis to help generate strategies and solutions that are grounded in the economic realities of women and families.

We also prioritize building an inclusive and welcoming work environment that values the diverse perspectives and experiences of all staff.


IWPR seeks an Associate Director, Advancement Programs & Philanthropic Impact to build a growing fundraising program with strong external communications and donor engagement in order to demonstrate the vital impact of investing in our mission. Reporting to and working closely with the Vice President, Advancement + Philanthropic Engagement the Associate Director, Advancement Programs + Philanthropic Impact will execute a national donor communication and programmatic strategy – building a strong relationship with IWPR’s current supporters by executing a multifaceted communications program and forward-facing materials while engaging with current and prospective donors through events of all sizes and developing compelling donor materials and messaging. Potential special solicitation projects could include a launching a planned giving program, establishing Call Time with the President/CEO, quarterly donor newsletter, securing and stewarding event sponsorships, and a donor call/webinar series.

The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial, goal-oriented, and relationship-driven collaborative leader. They are also familiar with current fundraising practices and programs. They will also have excellent writing and communication skills and believes in weaving the narrative of a powerful mission with data and impact numbers.

This position is full-time and non-exempt, and based in Washington, DC.


Set Vision for and Drive Execution of Advancement Programs, Policies, and Procedures

·       Ensure all Advancement systems, processes, and policies are streamlined and donor centric

·       Work with the Vice President, Advancement to prioritize, develop, and roll out programming

·       Manage Call Time program with President/CEO and IWPR Leadership as needed

·       Coordinate and execute all donor engagements and special events

·       Establish donor recognition programs

·       Work with Advancement Team in developing action plans for best prospects with intent of deepening relationships that lead to increased personal giving and raising of funds

·       Manages and promotes current and future programs such as the Combined Federal Campaign, Planning Giving, Gift-in-Kind, and Major Funder Campaigns

·       Create Advancement materials such as postcards, one-pagers, and briefings

·       Serve as a liaison to Research and Policy Teams to track, cumulate, and share project and program impact

·       Work closely with VP and Senior Director, Grants and Contracts to ensure the integrity of CRM data, timely donor gift acknowledgement, and appropriate donor communications

Other Professional and Personal Qualities

Motivated by working in an environment where we live into our mission and core values daily;
Skilled at listening, learning, and creatively finding resolutions while maintaining the highest level of personal and professional integrity and maintaining confidential information;
Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization;
Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities;
Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

·       You bring experience working on a fundraising team, preferably in the non-profit sector and/or in a mission-driven organization

·       You enjoy creating and executing meaningful projects


Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Preferred.  At least 3 years in fundraising, development, or outreach.



$87,000 to $102,000 and will be commensurate with experience. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.


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