Director of Philanthropy

Arlington, VA

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Our mission is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

The Society is a great place to work!  IDSA has a highly competitive total compensation package, offers flexible work, and telework arrangements and our organizational culture is highly rated by staff.  Our new office is located two blocks from the metro and has a free gym onsite.

We are an innovative and dynamic professional association committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, access, and equity.

Our team embodies the following core values

Member-Centric, Excellence, Respect, Innovation, Teamwork and Trust.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage professionals of diverse backgrounds to apply. We offer a competitive salary and benefits plan. 

Position Overview

The Director of Philanthropy serves as the principal fundraising officer and grants manager for the IDSA Foundation. Responsible for the creation, oversight, planning and implementation of a comprehensive individual, relationship-focused program with an annual strategy to secure significant financial resources from individuals and others to meet the established strategic goals of a sustainable revenue portfolio.

 Essential Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with senior program staff and Foundation Board members to establish annual fundraising goals in alignment with the Strategic Plan. 
  • Manage and oversee all major gifts functions, which include principal gifts, planned giving, donor prospecting and research to develop and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders. 
  • Responsible and accountable for a major gift portfolio of 50-75 prospective donors. 
  • Responsible for coordination efforts of a multi-disciplinary team and volunteers in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. 
  • Identify and apply innovative technologies that will assist the development and communication efforts.  
  • Create, maintain, and apply best practices and policies for online and print communications; manage website messaging, its’ content, and interactive use; create and deliver compelling messaging via social networking and marketing strategies to increase visibility and inspire transformative gifts. 
  • Understand and manage compliance with all gift-related policies and procedures as defined by the Association for Fundraising Professionals. 
  • Prepare reports, dashboards, and other documents, and provide general support as needed for executive management, Committee members, and the Boards of Directors. 
  • Oversee and coordinate operational processes including donor acknowledgment letters, monthly reporting, and financial recording with the Finance Department as well as budget creation and management.t 
  • Supervise, coach and mentor a fundraising team in the execution of the overall strategy. 

Other Responsibilities

  • Some travel is required (up to 15%)

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Liberal Arts, or related field. 
  • Minimum of five to seven years’ fundraising experience with increasing responsibilities. 
  • Demonstrated staff management experience, including the ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage the performance of a fundraising team. 

Required Skills

  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving and solicitation, and fundraising campaigns. 
  • Proven track record in asking and closing major gifts (five and six figures). 
  • Ability to build and maintain long-term relationships. 
  • Knowledge of advanced gift planning concepts and business planning.  
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, reliable, and flexible. 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; a driving force who manages toward clarity, finds solutions, and can think strategically about the mission of the Foundation. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills and ability to effectively interact with a variety of high-profile internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office suite, SalesForce is a plus. 

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socioeconomic status, marital or veteran status. We also welcome those of all abilities and make reasonable accommodations to support successful outcomes for our team members 

All offers of employment with IDSA are contingent upon a successful background check.