Employment Opportunities

Director of Individual Giving



Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have local and national impact. We advance this mission through the work of our staff, fellows, and network of students and alumni.

Roosevelt is taking on some of the biggest issues facing our economy and society and putting out bold, cutting-edge research and policies. Our work ranges from thinking about how we restructure the world of finance to changing the way colleges and universities invest in their communities. In the past two years we released a bold agenda to rewrite the rules of the American economy which the Washington Post called a new manifesto for fighting inequality; framed the issues of financialization and corporate short-termism and issued a policy agenda that influenced the presidential race and key lawmakers; and crowd-sourced a blueprint for young people’s policy priorities. In July 2016, we were profiled by the New York Times Magazine for our role in advancing progressive policy change.


This is the ideal opportunity for a skilled and proven individual donor fundraiser who seeks to bring his or her expertise, energy, and initiative to a vibrant organization. The Director of Individual Giving will build a strong fundraising program from individual donors that includes the annual fund, major gifts, and mid-level donors. The Director of Individual Giving will be responsible for managing an individual donor pipeline and effective stewardship and cultivation programs. He/she will both deploy Roosevelt principals for key individual donor meetings, and serve as a principal. He/she will also work with the Development Director and President & CEO to enhance fundraising overall for the organization.

As this will be a new position for the organization, the Director of Individual Giving will be self-motivated, resilient, and creative – a strategist who can work both independently and as a member of a talented team to create and implement fundraising systems and strategies.  The Director of Individual Giving will bring a supreme work ethic, an intellectual curiosity to his/her approach, and an unflagging desire to raise money for the Roosevelt Institute’s work.


  • Develop an individual donor fundraising plan that includes revenue projections for the annual fund, major gifts and mid-level donations.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit support from current and prospective major donors.
  • Develop new relationships, as well as retain and upgrade existing donors.
  • Identify and schedule donor prospect meetings for the president, other senior staff, and the Board.
  • Manage major donor prospecting and research efforts to ensure a robust pipeline of prospective major and mid-level donors.
  • Work with special events staff and consultants to support exclusive events and high-touch donor engagement activities.
  • Develop and implement donor stewardship programs including onboarding of new donors, personalized mail, electronic, and in-person communications.
  • Manage the annual fund and work to increase the numbers of donors and funding from this fundraising channel.
  • Ensure strong communications and engagement for all individual donors.
  • Use a variety of solicitation tools, including events, meetings, calls, and online communication.
  • Collaborate with Development staff, senior leadership and the Board of Directors to manage individual donor fundraising efforts around events and other activities.
  • Maintain strong working relationships with colleagues across the organization to collaborate on prospects with multiple interests.
  • Develop contact reports and enter moves with prospects in donor database.
  • Follow best fundraising and operational practices for the Roosevelt Institute, including procedures to ensure gifts are collected, recorded, and acknowledged properly.


  • Work requires five years of progressive fundraising experience in a related organization with a proven track record with individual donor fundraising, including prospecting and upgrading, annual fund, and securing major gifts.
  • The Director of Individual Giving will bring a maturity and diplomacy to developing relationships and the confidence and vision to design and execute compelling proposals for individuals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple, complex fundraising activities simultaneously and coordinate solicitation strategies.
  • Ability to travel as needed, as well as flexibility in work hours to accommodate events and other deadlines.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person holding this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The Roosevelt Institute reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. This is a full-time, salaried position.


At Roosevelt, we recognize that the culture of the workplace and opportunities for career growth and development are important to all.   We believe that diversity of background and experience among our people make our work to reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger.

Roosevelt is equal opportunity employer and, as affirms in policy and practice to consider all applications in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or other legally protected status.  We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. There is a handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender neutral bathroom on site.

If you are interested in joining our vibrant community, please forward your application materials (cover letter and resume/CV) to jobs@rooseveltinstitute.org with “Director of Individual Giving” in the title. No phone calls please.  While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by December 15, 2016. Initial interviews will be conducted over the phone or Skype. We will only contact applicants who are being considered for an interview.


Salaries at the Roosevelt Institute are competitive and we provide a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee.  We offer a rewarding, friendly, supportive, and collaborative work environment, excellent health insurance coverage, paid time off, and employer pension contributions when eligibility criteria are met.

With contingent offer of employment, Roosevelt Institute will conduct a background check.  The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, employment records, education verification, criminal records, and credit history.