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The Senior Director of Development will be responsible for leading the development efforts of the Center on Global Energy Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs. She/he will develop and implement a development strategy to support the Center's growth and impact, and secure support from individuals, foundations and corporations for the Center's priorities. She/he will manage a portfolio of donor prospects and manage the frontline fundraising activities of the Center Director and other key research scholars. She/he will report jointly to the Director of the Center and the Associate Dean for Development at SIPA.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for leading CGEP's fundraising strategy. This includes developing and implementing a long term funding model based upon the Center's growth plans.
  • Build and manage a development team to support the Center's fundraising strategy.
  • Implement best practices, and provide advice to the Center Director and Scholars on fundraising priorities, plans, and goals.
  • Achieve CGEP's annual fundraising goals, and set and meet quarterly and annual performance targets.
  • Develop a portfolio of prospects, maintain relationships with current partners, and identify and engage potential ones through regular outreach, cold calls, networking, events, meetings and correspondence.
  • Manage and coordinate fundraising efforts of the CGEP Director, Associate Dean for Development and other key staff, including scheduling appointments; preparing briefings and coordinating follow up. Maintain donor lists and records, including assurance of data base accuracy.
  • Oversee daily operations of the Center's fundraising efforts, including stewardship, prospect identification and research, proposal writing, and preparation of briefings and meeting follow up.
  • Coordinate with the SIPA Development, the Office of Alumni and Development, and the Office of Sponsored Programs.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required. Minimum 7 years of related experience. Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Power Point) required. Some evenings required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including: project management, teamwork, analytical thinking, and donor relations.
  • Must possess the ability to work with changing priorities and multiple projects.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills.
  • Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of administrators and academic leaders.
  • Must have a passion for excellent donor service and commitment to exceptional quality.


Preferred qualifications

  • Graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience in development, including programmatic fundraising, development planning and strategy, frontline fundraising, donor relations and project management preferred.
  • Knowledge of energy policy issues and familiarity with higher education and research institutions preferred.
  • Experience with formalized databases such as Salesforce, Advance, and WordPress preferred.



Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged. For further information, please contact Jesse McCormick, Director of Strategy and Operations, Center on Global Energy Policy, at