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Opening: Director of Donor Resources

Publication date: 
December, 2019

Position: Director of Donor Resources
Organization: The Center for Effective Philanthropy
Location: Cambridge, MA

Organization Summary

For nearly 20 years, CEP has led the movement to improve philanthropy through a powerful combination of dispassionate analysis and a passionate commitment to improving lives. Today, over 375 funders around the world have used CEP’s assessment tools to gather honest feedback from their stakeholders in an effort to learn how to be even more effective. CEOs and trustees have come to rely on our research for insights into funder and donor effectiveness on a wide range of topics, from assessing performance to developing strategy to managing stakeholder relationships. Our highly regarded programming—including our biennial conference—gives foundation leaders an exclusive and unprecedented opportunity to connect with their peers. CEP is based in Cambridge Massachusetts, with a second office in San Francisco, California. Strengths of CEP’s work culture are entrepreneurialism, accountability, teamwork, collegiality, diversity, and mutual respect.

Position Description

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) seeks a dynamic leader to help refine and execute our strategy to reach more individual major donors with our knowledge and insights, which includes building strong relationships with intermediaries who work with these donors and accurately representing CEP research findings to relevant groups of donors and donor-facing audiences across the United States.

A successful candidate must be passionate about the effectiveness of individual major giving and the relevance of evidence and data to philanthropy. The Director will proactively reach out to key intermediaries to share CEP’s resources through in-person meetings and presentations. The Director will be responsible for refining CEP’s strategy for reaching individual donors with our research and knowledge and for developing a business model to support and broaden this effort. This may involve additional contributed financial support or the creation of earned revenue generating opportunities.

Please note that this position is for 18 months, with the possibility of extension to permanent thereafter. Reporting to the Vice President of Programming & External Relations, this newly created role will require up to 50% travel.

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years of work experience, with previous work with major donors highly desired.
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s (BA, BS) degree is required; advanced degree in business, public policy, or public administration preferred.
  • Strategic thinker who is organized and proactive in goal-setting and execution.
  • Experience developing new and managing existing relationships with responsibility for high-quality deliverables and presentations.
  • Outstanding and persuasive verbal and written communication skills. Strong writing ability with a keen attention to detail.
  • Experience managing multiple deadlines while adapting quickly and confidently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort and skill interacting with and serving the needs of high-level senior executives and major donors.
  • Team player who is self-aware, listens well to others, and responds well to feedback.
  • Passionate commitment to the work of the nonprofit sector and the effectiveness of philanthropy.


Our nonprofit model is central to our identity: our bottom line is impact, not profit. Yet even as a nonprofit, we successfully compete for top talent across both the public and private sectors and offer competitive compensation and benefits, including:

  • The annual salary for this role is $165,000; in addition, this role is eligible for performance-based incentive compensation.
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance plans.
  • Generous paid time off plan, including up to 15 holidays, two weeks of accrued vacation, and two personal days per year.
  • 401(k) plan with a 1:1 Employer Match up to 5 percent of total compensation.
  • Generous annual personal professional development allowance.
  • Flexible spending and dependent care tax free savings plans.
  •  Life insurance covered 100% by the organization.

We believe that diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation, and we actively seek out candidates from many types of diverse backgrounds to apply for this exciting role.


Please fill out our application for employment and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this new role.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyse d’Amico, Director of Human Capital and Special Assistant to the President or Leaha Wynn, Associate Manager, Human Capital; Diversity & Inclusion Strategist at jobs [at] cep [dot] org.

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