The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a program within the Aspen Institute. ANDE is a global membership network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty. Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises over 250 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries.

ANDE is looking for a Director of Strategic Development, based in our Washington, DC office.

Position Description

You think of yourself as a philanthropic jack of all trades. You’ve been in the trenches of grant writing and reporting and have beat the pavement of donor development, but what you like best about development is bringing it all together into strategy. You know fundraising isn’t about creative spin but rather understanding organizational priorities and finding alignment with partners. You know data is your friend – and enjoy the puzzle piecing of budget creation, as well as running trends and analytics to chart your future course. And you know that telling a good story is essential to building partnerships. Most of all, you’re excited to use your fundraising and communications expertise to help a growing organization help address poverty in developing countries.

The Director of Strategic Development will report to the Executive Director of ANDE and is responsible for leading all aspects of the development function to secure significant financial resources to achieve ANDE’s goals. The development function currently includes corporate, government and foundation relations, training ANDE staff on fundraising efforts, and managing a development associate. The Director will also lead external communications efforts with support from a communications associate and an external consultant to achieve annual communications goals.

The Director will be a part of the ANDE Senior Leadership team and work closely with the Executive Director and ANDE’s Executive Committee, the global advisory body of executive leaders representing ANDE member organizations. The Director will manage the Fundraising and Outreach Subcommittee of the Executive Committee.

Your day might start on a call with a prospective donor in Europe who is interested in learning more about ANDE’s role in supporting talent development for youth in Africa. That would likely be followed by a meeting with the Executive Director to forecast revenues for the next fiscal year. Your afternoon might entail coaching staff on the best way to approach a potential local donor to finance an industry convening in Mexico. Then you might end your day brainstorming ways to monetize ANDE’s research offerings to drive greater revenue in Brazil. The very next day may require you to travel to London to attend a closed-door session on the role business accelerators have on small business growth in with a consortium of foundation representatives. Each day will be different, and this role will provide a wide variety of opportunities to engage with experts at the cross section of philanthropy, entrepreneurship and international development.

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Washington, DC, United States
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