Director of Development, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum


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About the Roosevelt Institute

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.

Our Culture

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 an 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 to apply.

Purpose of Position

The Roosevelt Institute seeks a director of development to oversee fundraising for the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Responsibilities entail developing and executing a comprehensive development strategy for the FDRL, overseeing a diverse portfolio that includes major gifts, foundation grants, corporate partnerships, public funding, planned giving, membership, and special events. The director of development will report directly to the Senior Vice President of Development and they will manage and be supported by a Development Manager. This is a full-time, non-union management role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

The director of development will be responsible for driving a comprehensive development strategy that ensures the FDRL’s long-term sustainability, with the goal of raising $3M – 5MM in new funding over the next three years. They will work in close partnership with the Roosevelt Institute’s chief executive officer and senior vice president of development, as well as the director of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, and they will manage and be supported by a development manager.


  • Manage the overall fundraising pipeline, including advising on strategy, tracking progress toward goals, and leveraging data to inform decisions
  • Identify and pursue grant opportunities from foundations and government sources
  • Leverage the FDRL’s robust suite of programs to develop corporate partnerships and sponsorship opportunities
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with donors at all levels, including library trustees and members
  • Build a robust pipeline of donors, including identifying new prospects while ensuring current donors are as engaged as possible
  • Support trustees in their donor and prospect development activities
  • Develop and oversee an event strategy to cultivate new donors and increase sponsorships
  • Build toward a capital campaign to enhance the FDRL’s long-term sustainability
  • Explore potential for direct marketing and small-donor fundraising via mail, email, digital ads, and other approaches

External Relations

  • Help expand the FDRL’s profile from a local institution to a national presence, piloting new marketing and communications tactics and leveraging external resources as necessary
  • Serve as a public representative of the organization, fostering relationships with external stakeholders, including elected officials, major donors, and prospective funders


  • 10 plus years of fundraising experience in the nonprofit field, preferably with a cultural institution
  • Has previously served as a Director of Development or equivalent, ideally in an organization with national and/or multi-state presence. International experience is a plus
  • Familiarity with the full gamut of development approaches, including institutional giving, events, corporate partnerships, major gifts, planned giving, etc.
  • Experience managing relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including laterally and vertically with internal staff, as well as external audiences such as trustees, donors, elected officials, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work fluidly across all levels, build collaboration and buy-in, and generate support from internal and external stakeholders
  • Understanding of philanthropic environment and best practices in fundraising and marketing
  • Highly organized, with outstanding attention to detail
  • Donor database experience; Salesforce or similar preferred
  • Experience working on a capital campaign a bonus

Not sure if you meet all the qualifications? Please apply!

We know talent comes in many forms. Our only requirement is that you’re passionate about advancing democracy—to create meaningful change. Join our team and help envision a new equitable future for all.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume for consideration.

The salary range for this role is $130,000 – $150,000 annually. The Roosevelt Institute offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time; paid parental leave; professional development; healthcare- dependent- and commuter FSA; and a 403(b) Retirement plan with up to 4% contribution.