CSIS |Center for Strategic and International Studies
Chief Development Officer
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, the Center) is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to advancing practical ideas to address the world’s greatest challenges.
Founded in 1962, CSIS’ purpose is to define the future of national security. The organization is guided by a distinct set of values: non-partisanship, independent thought, innovative thinking, cross-disciplinary scholarship, integrity and professionalism, and talent development. CSIS’ values work in concert toward the goal of making real-world impact.
Today, CSIS is one of the world’s preeminent public policy institutions on foreign policy and national security issues. Policy makers rely on CSIS’ work and its intellectual integrity. The Center’s more than 240 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change. They organize conferences, publish, lecture, and make media appearances that aim to increase the knowledge, awareness, and salience of policy issues with relevant stakeholders and the interested public. CSIS is regularly called upon by Congress, the executive branch, the media, and others to explain the day’s events and offer recommendations to improve U.S. strategy. CSIS has impact when its research helps to inform the decision-making of key policymakers and the thinking of key influencers, working toward a vision of a safer and more prosperous world.
CSIS is ranked the number one think tank in the U.S. by the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Go To Think Tank Index.”
CSIS has recently completed a major strategic plan. At the core of this plan is a shift in the Center’s approach to raising revenue to a top-down focus to increase the amount of money raised centrally by the organization. CSIS is seeking a Chief Development Officer who can partner with the organization’s senior leadership and policy experts to create new large-scale opportunities for revenue generation, and to facilitate fundable, collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts. The successful candidate is expected to be a thought leader and will have the opportunity to impact the effectiveness of CSIS and its scholars in defining the future of national security.
Reporting to the President and CEO, The CDO will provide overall, Center-wide leadership for strategy, support, and execution of all fundraising activities. This individual is responsible for formalizing a comprehensive, strategic development program that focuses on high-level gifts or grants, integrating development activities with all areas of CSIS, and catalyzing an organization-wide culture of philanthropy.