Development Officer Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States

Development Officer

Job Number: 16975

Functional Area: Research - Other

Department: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

School Area: Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Employment Type: Full-Time

Employment Category: Exempt

Visa Sponsorship Available: No

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), to lead and support execution of J-PAL’s donor engagement and stewardship strategies as part of a creative, energetic team, working closely with staff across J-PAL’s program areas. Will develop and deliver on an organizational fund-raising strategy to establish sustainable funding streams to expand J-PAL’s efforts to translate research into action worldwide. Responsibilities include working with J-PAL leadership to develop and execute a multi-year strategic plan for fund-raising and donor engagement for its network of seven offices; supporting relationship management for several existing individual and organizational donors; conducting prospect research and cultivating relationships with a range of potential individual and organizational donors; building systems to support donor engagement; tracking funding opportunities and supporting the development of proposals to philanthropic foundations and other international funders; supporting development of engaging outreach content; and providing vital input to short- and long-term strategic and operational planning.


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Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree; at least four years’ experience fund-raising for academic research or international development activities from a range of funding streams, including philanthropic foundations and high net worth individuals; knowledge and understanding of the priorities of major funders in the international development field, including foundations and governments; experience executing on a fund-raising strategy, ideally at a large institution, and executing a multi-stakeholder initiative/campaign; self-motivation and desire to work independently to achieve strategic goals; excellent organizational, project management, interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills. Seek a fund-raising and relationship management professional who is committed to J-PAL’s mission of reducing poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Job #16975

Must be willing to travel within the United States and overseas, including to J-PAL regional offices in Chile, France, India, Indonesia, and South Africa.


Please apply by February 28, 2019.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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