The Fulbright Association (FA) is the American alumni organization of the Fulbright Program with a mission to continue and extend the Fulbright tradition of education, advocacy, and service. For 75 years, “Fulbrighters” have traveled to 165 countries to teach, research, and engage in ways that promote peace and understanding. This mission has become even more essential in world torn by pandemic, conflict, and tribalism. When they return from overseas, Fulbrighters join the FA continue their commitment to global connections and personal diplomacy through many programs offered nationally and locally through a network of 54 chapters nationwide. Those programs include an annual conference, community outreach and education, an international webinar series, service travel, TEDxFulbright, and advocacy for Fulbright on Capitol Hill. The FA also awards the prestigious Fulbright Prize to world leaders such as Angela Merkel, Nelson Mandela, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Jimmy Carter.
The FA is a small non-profit, founded in 1977 and located in Washington, DC. It has a team of six full-time professionals, a supportive Board of Directors, and a national network of dedicated volunteers. More information can be found at www.fulbright.org.
This escalating position plays a critical role in continuing philanthropy efforts at the beginning of an exciting strategic plan that calls for stronger investments in outreach to under-represented communities, more inclusive activities and activism, wider engagement with the diverse Fulbright community, and further development of innovative digital programs. The Executive Director and the Board of Directors are fully committed to supporting your success.
The Fulbright Association searches for a fundraising professional who envisions a multi-year commitment to helping the Association continue its success in raising funds to power its mission and programs. To attract and retain such a committed professional, the Association offers a strong package of benefits, creating a development career trajectory of growing responsibilities and skills. Subject to performance reviews, this position will enjoy regular promotions—from assistant director to associate director to director—as well as rapid salary growth and annual bonuses that reward your continued tenure and fundraising success. In addition to a suite of benefits—medical, dental and disability insurance, paid annual leave, and a matching retirement plan—this position will receive ongoing training and professional growth opportunities. The annual salary range is $60,000-70,000, depending on experience and salary history.
This position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director. She/he/they will work collaboratively with other staff members and volunteers on related projects, such as in securing event sponsorships, and will support the Association’s Board of Directors. The position is full-time—the only one focused primarily on philanthropy—and preferably based at the Washington, DC offices of the FA. Work is flexible at the FA, currently done remotely. As conditions allow, work will be partly in-person, with flexible remote options. We will consider applications from exceptional candidates, based outside of Washington, who wish to work remotely, provided they regularly can attend important events and meetings.
This position is a great fit for a hard-working and entrepreneurial fundraiser who is strongly dedicated to the Fulbright mission, committed to developing skills and deepening donor relationships, and eager to joining a dedicated and friendly team of professionals and volunteers. The Association looks forward to your prompt application.
Sets and executes fundraising strategy, in consultation with the Executive Director.
Engages and cultivates donors and prospects with regular communications and “touches” (e.g., phone calls, written notes, meetings), maintaining relationship data.
Identifies and cultivates donors identified through Association programs such as Advocacy, National Events, Fulbright in the Classroom, Travel Program, and chapter involvement.
Offers tailored programs for donors, such as salons and webinars, that demonstrate the advantages of supporting the Association at a high level.
Develops and executes regular campaigns (e.g., Annual Report, Giving Tuesday), including social media, to engage the community and meet financial goals.
Oversees recognition of donors through donor programs, annual reports, continuous outreach (e.g., “Thank you” notes and touches), and other strategies.
Provides support to the Board of Directors, logistically (e.g., arranging in-person meetings), and in fundraising (e.g., assisting the “give and get” strategy, offering fundraising training as needed).
Researches and executes grant applications to fund key programs, such as Fulbright in the Classroom.
Secures sponsorships for national events in the collaboration with the Director for National Events.
Identifies and writes alumni profiles that highlight engagement, leadership, and donations, in collaboration with the Associate Director for Communications and Data.
Contributes, as needed and when assigned, to other projects such as the annual conference and campaigns for membership.
Takes advantage of external resources (webinars, conferences, training) for continual professional development, understanding and using innovative best practices in fundraising and board relations.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Passionate commitment to international education and exchange.
1-4 years of progressive individual giving and other fundraising experience with measurable results.
Experience with donor research and analysis, as well as a practiced understanding of strategies for donor cultivation and moves management.
Strong project management skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects and relationships, effectively driving campaign forward, with a resulting record of success.
Excellent technical and database skills, preferably using fundraising and membership software.
Attention to detail, with enthusiasm for keeping careful records and tracking relationships.
Strong internal and external communication skills to work effectively with and engage staff, the Board, and association members.
Significant experience in international relations or development, studying abroad, working and living internationally, and/or working with international audiences.
We especially welcome alumni of the Fulbright Program.
Positive, enthusiastic, and outgoing.
Values aligned with international understanding, social innovation, diversity, and inclusion.
Confidence to interact easily with donors, board members and public figures.
Enthusiasm to build positive relationships and maintain them systematically.
Willingness to roll up your sleeves, work at varying levels of skill (from data entry to high level cultivation), and get the job done with limited resources, including projects outside of fundraising.
Sensitivity, discretion, and a sense of humor.
Happy to work collaboratively with a small team of colleagues.
Additional Salary Information: Depends on experience and salary history
About Fulbright Association
Established February 27, 1977, the Fulbright Association is the official U.S. alumni organization representing 125,000 U.S. alumni – 70 years of Fulbrighters since the program’s inception – and friends of international education. We support a thriving alumni community that helps increase visibility for the Fulbright effect and helps preserve Fulbright exchanges for future generations to come.
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