Development Director

02/25/2020 . By TIMEP

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy seeks a Development Director to spearhead the institute’s fundraising and development efforts in our Washington, D.C. office.

This position will be responsible for setting and implementing the institute’s fundraising strategy, building and maintaining lasting relationships with existing and prospective donors, identifying new funding opportunities, and managing the grant application and reporting process.

This is an exciting opportunity for a leader who is committed to playing an instrumental role in the institute’s strategic growth as it expands its work to cover new thematic areas and employs new tools to center local voices in the policy discourse to foster transparent, accountable, and just societies across the Middle East and North Africa.


Please submit a resume and a cover letter highlighting your development experience and interest in this position to jobs[at] Please also include where you learned of this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted AND reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as we are prepared to fill the position as soon as possible. 

Please note that this position is full-time and will be based in TIMEP’s Washington, DC office.*

*Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, this position will be remote until a time at which it is safe for staff to return to our Washington, DC office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Sets and executes annual development strategy.
  • Leads efforts to diversify and expand funding sources and to prospect and conduct research on new donors, particularly high net-worth individuals and foundations.
  • Maintains relationships with existing donors and provides updates on the institute’s strategy and successes.
  •  Represents the institute in communications and meetings with both current and new donors.
  • Works with department heads to identify, discuss, and refine fundable programs and ways to package these programs in grant proposals to donors.
  • Manages the drafting and submission of grant proposals, grant reports, and all solicitation materials, ensuring high quality standards are met.
  •  Supervises Programs Assistant in his/her development-related work.
  • Leads the creation of outreach and communication tools to share updates about the institute’s successes and strategy with an eye towards donors.
  • Works with Projects Manager to refine institutional indicators and monitoring/evaluation tools so that they are leveraged for development purposes.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
    +5 years successful fundraising experience from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors.
  • Experience in managing and tracking prospective donors.
  • Knowledge of grant reporting and fundraising procedures and legal compliance.
  • Ability to understand budgets and work within an approved budget.
  • Superb interpersonal skills, including the ability to build strong relationships with donors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and storytelling skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher) and Google Suite.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in TIMEP and in external environment, manage competing demands, and change approach or method to best fit situations.
  • Experience working in a team environment and balancing priorities and deadlines.
  • Commitment to being present at work and on time; to guarantee that work responsibilities are covered when absent; and to arrive at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Ability to manage staff by delegating work assignments; by setting expectations and monitoring delegated activities and providing feedback; and by providing recognition for results.
  • Awareness of one’s own strengths and weaknesses; and commitment to pursue training and development opportunities, to continuously build knowledge and skills, and to share expertise with others.
  • Experience managing difficult or emotional situations with staff or stakeholders; and responding promptly to contacts’ needs and requests for service and assistance.
  • Ability to maintain courteous and effective working relationships with partner organizations, donors, and other stakeholders and external contacts.
  • Commitment to working within the Institute’s environment as a member of the larger team to achieve general Institute goals.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions; and uses equipment and materials properly.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the individual is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The individual is occasionally required to stand or walk; use hands to handle, or feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and reach with hands and arms. The individual must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.