Jobs and Internships

The Institute for Policy Studies is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. We believe progress occurs when people and movements come together to act on powerful ideas based on equity, peace, and the protection of our planet. Since 1963, we have been challenging corrupt power structures that undermine a true democracy. Today, we are uniting people and movements around real, transformational change through independent research, networking across issues, and visionary platforms.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

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Development Manager

Development Manager

Reports To: Deputy Director

Salary: $52K – $57K

Position Overview: Working under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director and in support of the Director, the Development Manager is primarily responsible for the implementation and coordination of fundraising activities to help ensure that budgeted funding goals of IPS are achieved, as well as the day-to-day management of development systems and infrastructure, including the supervision regular team meetings and the supervision of two associates and an intern.

The Development Manager will also play a lead role in planning and organizing fundraising events, most notably the Institute’s annual Letelier-Moffitt (LM) Human Rights Awards.


Fundraising Strategy

  • Assist Director with the Institute’s case for support and larger fundraising strategy
  • Support program staff in designing and executing viable fundraising plans
  • Provide topline fundraising reports for the Director and Board Development Committee to share at Board meetings

Development Operations

  • Maintain development systems, such as departmental policies and procedures, fundraising income projections, grants pipeline, tax acknowledgements, and the Luminate CRM system for donor information and relations
  • Facilitate and set the agenda for Development team check-ins
  • Monitor the fundraising and development budget
  • Mentor and supervise two Development Associates and an intern each semester

Donor Relations

  • Manage Director and program staff relationships with foundation contacts and major and mid-level donors
  • Cultivate your own relationships with foundation contacts and major donors

Fundraising Activities

  • With support from our LM planning team, plan and organize the Institute’s annual Letelier-Moffitt Awards, and assist with outreach and fundraising efforts
  • Manage biannual integrated online and offline fundraising campaigns and production processes in the spring and fall
  • Managing ongoing campaigns to raise endowment funds for the New Mexico Fellowship, Michael Ratner Middle East Fellowship, and the Saul Landau Next Leaders Internships Fund
  • Write and submit proposals for general support, and provide editing and submission assistance on project support proposals, as needed

Interdepartmental Coordination

  • Coordinate with the Finance and Operations team to reconcile fundraising income between Luminate CRM and Quickbooks (QB)
  • Coordinate with the Finance and Operations team to maintain up-to-date coding, as well as assist with monitoring fundraising income from affiliate projects
  • Coordinate with Communications team to execute online fundraising strategies and donor engagement activities
  • Coordinate with Communications team on digital communications and collateral materials targeted to donors


  • Demonstrated commitment to IPS’s mission and vision
  • 2-3 years of experience implementing fundraising strategies for foundation and individual support
  • Proven ability to create a project plan, set ambitious goals, and achieve them
  • Proven systems orientation and experience in donor database management
  • Excellent written (research, analysis, and editing), verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Understanding of and commitment to maintaining the confidential nature of fundraising efforts and donor information
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple priorities in fast-paced environment
  • Comfort working independently, as well as a commitment to working within a team
  • Mastery of MS Office Suite (especially, Word and Excel, including all mail merge functions)
  • Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, professionalism, and an enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals
  • Understanding of institutional and individual donors’ needs and perceptions
  • Passion for social justice and commitment to building a program on anti-oppression principles


  • Experience contributing to funding narratives and foundation grant management
  • Interest in fundraising, philanthropy, nonprofit management, and policy research and advocacy
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or Blackbaud Luminate CRM
  • Willingness and confidence to work with a variety of policy/academic professionals, and to network with the Institute’s broad base of allies and supporters
  • College degree preferred, but not required

Excellent benefits including generous vacation, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid dependent health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time.

Please email your cover letter, resume, and a 1-3 page writing sample in a single PDF file to: with “Development Manager” in the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis until May 15th or until the position is filled, so we encourage candidates to apply soon. Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee. No phone calls, please.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities.

Applicants are asked to fill out a confidential survey to assist in evaluating our applicant pool.

Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.

Open Internships – Summer 2019

We have one remaining summer internship open for application through our Next Leaders Program, our paid professional development program designed to develop the skills and knowledge of young activists who seek a long-term career in social change. We are now seeking a Fundraising and Development intern to join us for our summer program. Our deadline for this position is rolling, but we’re hoping to make a hire quickly, by the first week of April.

Fundraising and Development Internship

The Fundraising and Development Team at the Institute for Policy Studies First seeks a detail-oriented intern who is passionate about organizational development, fundraising, and event planning to join our team.

The Development intern will play a key role in preparing for our annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award ceremony. We’ll match your skills to a specific part of the project to own, whether it’s managing a part of the outreach, helping us track the budget, attending walk-throughs at the venue, or helping to draft communications about the event. This truly is a fun project where someone with initiative could take a hold of part of the process and make it even better than last year’s successful event.

This intern will also learn about donor stewardship, fundraising administration and database maintenance. This is a great opportunity to see how a fundraising office works, and be involved in conversations around donor communications, event outreach strategy, and donor cultivation. The intern will assist with many critical pieces of fundraising administration and logistics, such as data entry into Salesforce, assisting with donor thank-yous, and setting up for donor engagement events.

We are looking to find someone who is eager to help us think creatively about new donor acquisition and outreach to millennials and university students.The ideal candidate will have solid writing, research, and organizational skills. Knowledge of individual and / or institutional donor prospecting and cultivation is a plus.

Program Info and Application

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