International Crisis Group

Associate Director, Individual & Corporate Philanthropy

New York, NY

Position Description

Executive Summary

Recognized as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan source of information, analysis, and policy advice on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict, International Crisis Group (Crisis Group) seeks an experienced, enterprising, and culturally astute development professional to serve as Associate Director, Individual & Corporate Philanthropy. In this newly envisioned role, the Associate Director will build upon and expand Crisis Group’s philanthropic capacity by identifying and cultivating major gifts using smart donor strategies that reach into new geographies and institutional funders; converting relationships with those who have expressed deep interest in Crisis Group’s work into long-term financial support; and inspiring existing donors to higher levels of giving.

Headquartered in Brussels, with additional Advocacy Offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London, Crisis Group is host to around 110 staff members worldwide. Crisis Group’s expert analysts, based around the world, conduct in-depth, on-the-ground research from the Middle East and Asia to Latin America and Africa. The organization is currently monitoring 70 conflicts and potential conflict situations and is a prolific publisher of seminal reports and briefings as well as a monthly CrisisWatch bulletin. Using this rigorous and actionable reporting, Crisis Group’s senior staff and Board of Trustees, who are highly experienced in government and international affairs, engage with decision-makers with the aim of influencing policy in pursuit of peace.

Crisis Group CEO Robert Malley recognizes the need to confront a terrible trend toward “new wars and atrocities, the erosion of multilateralism, escalating geopolitical rivalries and crises in a number of established democracies,” and is leading Crisis Group to address this new landscape by becoming demonstrably effective in conflict resolution, more active and visible in global debates through stronger advocacy and strategic communications, and introducing cross-thematic emphasis on policy and discussion.

In 2020, Crisis Group will mark its 25th year of raising the alarm to prevent deadly conflict and building support for the good governance and inclusive politics that enable societies to flourish. While Crisis Group’s work is urgently needed, it also knows that war is not inevitable; it is a man-made disaster that can be diffused by mobilizing political leaders to take action. Crisis Group is pointing a way forward, introducing more creative and flexible frameworks for stakeholder engagement. It’s an opportune moment to activate the organization’s current and prospective donors to propel this critical work.

Crisis Group’s newly appointed Director of Individual & Corporate Philanthropy, Sherrie Streit Ager, brings fresh perspective to Crisis Group’s development efforts and is helping to align the organization’s philanthropic activities with its strategic priorities and increase its capacity for future major fundraising initiatives. Serving as a thought partner to the Director and fostering strong partnerships with development colleagues in Crisis Group’s Private Sector, Government Relations, and Foundation Relations teams located across New York, London and Brussels, the Associate Director (AD) will develop, co-design and implement strategies for securing financial support from a portfolio of individual and corporate donors with cross-cutting interests.

The AD will cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of donors at the $50,000+ giving level, as well as identify and qualify new donors to meet both individual and organizational fundraising goals with the objective of broadening philanthropic conversations and elevating their portfolio to reflect donors at the six- and seven-figure giving levels. There will be a focus on growing participation and membership in the organization’s President’s Council and International Advisory Council, consisting of global leaders from corporations and foundations as well as individuals who unwaveringly advocate for peace.

In addition to being exceptional at aligning donor interest to advance Crisis Group’s strategic priorities, the AD must also be capable of flexing around emergent and evolving activities such as mobilizing connections around a mounting crisis or spotting a confluence of factors that might give rise to a new initiative in which to engage the Crisis Group donor community. Recent examples include establishing an endowment in memory of activist Asma Jahagir and fellowships for The Economics of Conflicts.

Working in a fast-paced, challenging, and intellectually stimulating work environment, the AD will play a critically important role in energizing and elevating Crisis Group’s existing development efforts. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and will take a highly-experiential approach to donor relations. Experience managing advisory or membership groups is desired. Impeccable verbal and written communication skills are essential with the interest and competence to interact with a diverse constituency of accomplished individuals from a multitude of professional backgrounds, academic fields, and countries.

With a passion for international relations, the successful candidate will bring six to ten years of experience in development, preferably in an international context or at a policy organization. Candidates will demonstrate a track record of securing major individual and corporate gifts at six-figures and above, ideally in a campaign setting, that have transformed programs into comprehensive initiatives and opened new donor markets and avenues of engagement. Confidence with face-to-face solicitations as well as an understanding of how to appropriately engage organizational and volunteer leadership, as well as staff, in donor cultivation is required. A familiarity with international affairs and key stakeholders in the New York area is highly desirable.

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