Analyst Institute is seeking a Development Director with a proven track record of fundraising success and the ambition to build a best-in-class fundraising operation to support the organization’s ambitious goals for 2022 and beyond. We are seeking an excellent communicator and collaborator with strong relationships in the institutional philanthropic and political donor communities.

We’re looking to fill this role as soon as possible and it will remain open until filled. Applications received by April 15 are guaranteed to receive full consideration, and those who apply after that date may have shorter windows to engage in later stages of the process (e.g., the skills assessment) so that qualified candidates can be considered in tandem.

The Role
As Development Director for Analyst Institute, you’ll be a critical part of our leadership, securing the resources necessary to sustain and grow our programmatic offerings to our progressive, civic engagement, and social justice allies. You will spearhead the organization’s efforts to raise $4-6 million annually, through a combination of major gifts from prospective individual donors, renewing and increasing annual commitments, expanding grants and contracts from institutional donors, and engaging key external allies. You’ll also play a major role in the growth of our Directed Research Fund program by helping to secure funds separate from our operating budget to expressly support research conducted with our allies in priority areas of study. You will also contribute to our organization’s commitment to equity and inclusion by helping resource vital internal efforts and further diversifying our engaged funder base.



The following encompasses many of the skills and experiences we consider important for the Development Director role, but we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the qualifications.

You should be someone who:

  • Has 5-8 years of frontline fundraising experience, particularly among high-capacity ($50,000+) individual and institutional donors.
  • Can develop, lead, monitor, and report out on a multi-year plan for reaching the organization’s fundraising goals, coordinating with the Executive Director, Managing Directors, fellow Directors, and the Development Associate.
  • Has a record of success in initiating and cultivating relationships with a diverse array of prospective donors across the private, political, nonprofit, and foundation sectors, including donors in your network, in a bespoke manner and as part of a broader donor maintenance program.
  • Has grant-writing experience.
  • Has familiarity with legal and compliance requirements related to federal and state regulations, as well as the IRS, for LLCs, 501(c)4s, 501(c)3s, and PACs.
  • Is comfortable pitching donors independently as needed, and as part of a team with the Executive Director and/or senior leadership.
  • Is an excellent communicator, especially in written materials, meetings with donors and prospects, and presentations.
  • Can manage projects in a self-directed, detail-oriented manner, even while juggling multiple responsibilities with competing deadlines.
  • Works collaboratively with those of different backgrounds, skill sets, and expertise.
  • Has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Though not required, we are interested in people with the following experiences (please be sure to note these in your resume and/or cover letter):

  • Leading and managing a team and/or a desire to expand your management skills. This position manages a half-time Development Associate.
  • Working on a political or advocacy campaign, and/or exposure to Analyst Institute’s signature research and reports.
  • Working with fiscal sponsors.



  • Location: Candidates from or willing to relocate to Washington D.C. will be given preference, but we will also consider exceptional remote candidates. Roughly half of our staff works remotely regardless of the status of the pandemic, and our internal culture fully supports and integrates remote staff as well as D.C.-based staff who work partially from home and partially out of our office near McPherson Square. Willingness to travel for donor meetings and presentations outside of D.C. is also required (pandemic-permitting), and is expected to be roughly 25% of the Development Director’s time.
  • Start date: We are looking for this position to start as soon as possible. This is a full-time, exempt position.
  • Compensation range: Salary commensurate with job responsibilities, from $110,000 to $140,000 annually.
  • Benefits: These include 100% premium-covered health, dental, and vision care, generous paid time off, 401(k) matching, twelve weeks paid parental leave (including the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child), and professional development stipends for self-directed growth.
  • For more information: See some of the reasons you may want to work here and visit our website for more information about the work we do.
  • To apply: Click here t0 fill out an application.


To ensure equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Analyst Institute will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Analyst Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship, size, weight, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including hiring, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide sponsorship for those requiring visas or work permits.

AI is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations as determined through an interactive process. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact accessibility@analystinstitute.org.

About Analyst Institute

Our goal is for all progressive political and social justice campaigns to be informed by rigorous evidence.

We collaborate with progressive organizations and Democratic campaigns around the country to measure and increase the impact of their programs. These research collaborations can then inform future efforts across the progressive movement, giving our side a competitive advantage.

As a clearinghouse for evidence on voter contact and engagement programs, we collect, synthesize, and interpret research in order to make evidence-based recommendations to the progressive community through materials, trainings, and consulting.

Reflecting the advances in research across the movement, we facilitate and convene opportunities for sharing findings and research methods, especially among data analysts, consultants, and campaign professionals.