Director, Business Development

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) seeks to hire a Director for Business Development to lead the organization’s fundraising efforts and development strategy. As a part of a dynamic and growing team, this individual would have a unique and prominent role in crafting development goals, recruiting talent, and coordinating across all of CEPA’s programs to establish and improve development processes. This individual is responsible for overseeing day-to-day development operations related to securing new institutional support from foundations, corporations, individuals, and public sector agencies. The Director for Business Development works closely with the senior leadership in finance and operations and reports directly to the Senior Director for Programs and Strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Establish and improve development processes related to foundational, corporate, individual and public sector giving.
  • Engage on all aspects of the development process, from prospecting to grant management and stewardship.
  • Manage the organization of the Center’s donor data, donor history, funding leads, donor engagements, grant deliverables, and grant reporting across programs.
  • Support and coordinate management of the proposal processes across CEPA programs, including: editing proposals, ensuring compliance with proposal requirements, and ensuring timely submission of proposal applications for various types of grant-making entities (private and corporate foundations, individual donors, the U.S. government, and international organizations). Includes regular liaising with grant making entities throughout proposal application process.
  • Draft grant budgets in cooperation with program directors and the Head of Finance for all proposal applications for all types of grant-making entities.
    Ensure compliance for all CEPA grants across programs, including timely grant reporting.
  • Work with program directors and Head of Finance in adjusting, requesting, and processing changes to projects and budgets.
  • Lead weekly development meetings with program directors and CEPA executives on weekly development priorities, including current, upcoming, and prospective proposal applications and donor engagements.


  • Bachelor’s degree minimum; Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is preferred;
  • Five years of work experience, with at least one year of applicable work experience in a think-tank or similar setting;
  • Competence in project administration and managing logistics;
  • Experience in financial management and reporting;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in a time-sensitive environment;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Familiarity with expense and administrative management software is a benefit;
  • Ability to handle sensitive information, meet deadlines and maintain grace under pressure;
  • Willingness to respond to an evolving set of priorities.

A successful candidate will:

  • Have an understanding of, and a commitment to, CEPA’s mission to transatlantic values and principles.
  • Be highly organized and familiar with the functions of a public policy non-profit organization.
  • Meet timelines and manage multiple projects simultaneously with utmost professionalism.
  • Be able to work well independently, as well as be a key contributor in a highly dynamic team environment.
  • Demonstrate discretion when working with confidential or proprietary information.
  • Be flexible, creative, solution-oriented, and positive in approaching challenges and problems.

CEPA offers exceptional benefits that include:

  • Competitive pay;
  • Generous employer-subsidized health insurance;
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan; and
  • Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave and holidays.

Application Instructions:

We invite qualified candidates to send a resume and cover letter to: Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Position available immediately with a view to filling the post as soon as possible. Applications considered on a first-come basis.

About CEPA:

CEPA is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan organization dedicated to the transatlantic relationship. Headquartered in Washington, DC and led by a new generation of leaders from both sides of the Atlantic, CEPA brings an innovative approach to the policy arena. Our cutting-edge analysis and timely debates galvanize communities of influence while investing in the next generation of leaders to understand and address present and future challenges to transatlantic values and principles.