Director of Development, Center on Global Energy Policy

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 24

Position description

The Director of Development will be responsible for all aspects of the development efforts of the Center on Global Energy Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs. She/he will help shape and implement the Center's development strategy, and secure support from individuals, foundations and corporations for the Center's priorities. She/he will manage a portfolio of donor prospects and manage the frontline fundraising activities of the Center Director and other key research scholars. She/he will report jointly to the Director of the Center and the Associate Dean for Development at SIPA. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

- Responsible for the implementation of CGEP's fundraising strategy, including gifts from individuals, foundations and businesses, supplemental donor research, prospect identification, and communications. 
- Achieve CGEP's annual fundraising goals, and meet quarterly and annual performance targets. 
- Develop a portfolio of prospects, maintain relationships with current partners, and identify and engage potential ones through regular outreach, cold calls, networking, events, meetings and correspondence. 
- Manage and coordinate fundraising efforts of the CGEP Director, Associate Dean for Development and other key staff, including scheduling appointments; preparing briefings and coordinating follow up. Maintain donor lists and records, including assurance of data base accuracy. 
- Manage donor stewardship, keeping track of all open pledges, gift payments and balances, allocations and fund information, database accuracy, and reminder letter mailings throughout the year. 
- Research and write grant proposals for private foundations and institutional funders, and coordinate with CU's Sponsored Projects Administration. 
- Provide fundraising editorial advice and input to CGEP Director, including drafting letters and memos. Assist in the writing and production of appeals, reports, letters and communications; and assist with prospect research. 
- Coordinate with the SIPA Development team and the Office of Alumni and Development. 
- Other duties and special projects as assigned.  


Minimum Qualifications for Grade
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required. Minimum 7 years of related experience.  

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications 

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required. Graduate degree preferred. Minimum 7 years of experience in development, including programmatic fundraising, development planning and strategy, frontline fundraising, donor relations and project management. Knowledge of energy policy issues and familiarity with higher education and research institutions preferred. 

Demonstrated ability to work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including: project management, teamwork, analytical thinking, and donor relations. Must possess the ability to work with changing priorities and multiple projects. 

Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills. Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of administrators and academic leaders. Must have a passion for excellent donor service and commitment to exceptional quality. High computer proficiency and the ability to create/read Excel spreadsheets are all a must.  

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