Assistant Director, Foundation Relations - Center for Strategic and International Studies


Organization Information

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

Location - Washington, D.C. 

Job Description

The primary purpose of this position is to manage and perform a variety of duties within the Strategic Planning office. In this role, the Assistant Director, Foundation Relations must be able to oversee grant reporting, manage the fundraising cycle from beginning to end, and ensure that staff are in compliance with the rules and policies of funding entities.

The CGI University Program Fellow will work closely with the CGI University team and CGI’s program team. In addition to formal program duties, the CGI University Program Fellow will contribute to the broader strategy and scope of the CGI University program. This is a 2-year fixed term contract position.

Job Responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Essential functions may include but are not limited to the following:

• Engage with CSIS programs on all steps of the fundraising cycle. 
• Manage grant reporting process and submission of grant reports. 
• Record foundation engagement activities in donor database. 
• Monitor proposal/project pipeline. 
• Track status of grants and related information through the development of reports and other media.  
• Maintain internal foundation relations policies/procedures information to share with CSIS program staff. 
• Coordinate proposal submission process. 
• Ensure proposals are in line with CSIS policies.
• Support Center-wide collaboration on foundation and government funding applications.
• Research and develop strategies for new foundation prospects.
• Support cultivation, acknowledgment, stewardship activities. 
• Assume other responsibilities as assigned. 

Job Qualifications:

Knowledge, Education, and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree accompanied by at least 2-3 years of experience in fundraising, grants management, marketing/communications, and/or writing and editing in the public policy sector or similar work in the private sector. 
• Experience or interest in public funding opportunities. 
• Familiarity with CRM applications.
• Strong writing and editing skills.
• Strong research skills. 
• Must possess the ability to work independently and also as part of teams.
• Must be able to multitask.
• Good judgment is emphasized, as are discretion and confidentiality. 
• Willingness to learn new systems and develop and implement new policies/procedures. 
• Must possess strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers, program staff, foundations, and the general public. 
• Must possess a professional demeanor in his/her approach and appearance.

Physcial Requirements and Work Conditions

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter of interest and resume at:  https://www5.apply2jobs.com/CSIS

Deadline - N/A

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.