Lead Donor Strategist

  • Analyst Institute
  • Remote
  • Oct 14, 2023
Full time Consulting Strategist Other Research

Job Description

Analyst Institute is looking to hire a Lead Donor Strategist on the Partnerships and Community Engagement Team, as a key part of our growing portfolio of work to help donors and institutional funders allocate resources for civic engagement, power-building, advocacy, and electoral change. For exceptional candidates, we are open to hiring at the Deputy Director level. We will be accepting applications through November 8, 2023, with priority given to candidates who apply before October 27, 2023.

The Role

For over a decade, AI has provided community members and practitioners with key learnings from hundreds of experiments and rigorous research. In collaboration across multiple departments, this role will ensure that organizational partners, foundations, donors, and their advisors are able to use research, learning, and the best available evidence to inform their decision-making. The Partnerships and Community and Engagement Team is a small and growing team, and the Lead Donor Strategist will have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the department’s work, while leading and managing specific donor-related projects across our portfolio. The Lead Donor Strategist will report to the Director of Strategic Partnerships and work with them to drive the work forward.

We’re looking to fill the Lead Donor Strategist role by January 2024. We will accept applications through November 8, with priority given to candidates who apply before October 27, 2023.

As the Lead Donor Strategist, you will:

  • Analyze, interpret and synthesize research across a variety of civic engagement, power-building, advocacy, and electoral outcomes on behalf of donors and institutional funders.
  • Develop tailored funding frameworks, identifying new ways to evaluate impact for donor and institutional funder partners.
  • Cultivate relationships with donors, donor advisors, program officers, and other giving entities, fostering long-term partnerships and actively seeking fee-for-service advising projects and research opportunities.
  • Lead and manage consulting projects that make evidence-based strategic recommendations for resource allocation.
  • Coordinate annual fee-for-service project targets alongside the broader community-focused initiatives of the team, ensuring alignment with our organizational goals and mission.
  • Translate Analyst Institute research into actionable resources for the donor community.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Strategic Partnerships and other AI staff to host convenings for the broader donor community.
  • Keep well informed of new and emerging research and recommendations around civic engagement, power-building, advocacy and electoral outcomes.


The following encompasses many of the skills and experiences we consider useful for the Lead Donor Strategist role, but we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the qualifications.

You should be someone who is:

  • A strategic and analytical thinker, adept at accurately interpreting and synthesizing research; an ability to both see the “big picture” as well as understand the finer, tactical points is key.
  • A thoughtful communicator, with strong verbal and written communication skills, an ability to adapt content appropriately for diverse audiences, and a capacity to translate complex findings into actionable recommendations.
  • Willing and able to quickly become familiar with the body of research and recommendations from Analyst Institute and other relevant research entities.
  • Familiar with quantitative research and impact evaluation methods.
  • A creative collaborator, who is driven by developing new ideas and engaging with diverse perspectives with teammates and external partners.
  • Adept at building and maintaining relationships with a diversity of stakeholders and excited to build a fresh base of partnerships throughout the civic, progressive, and Democratic space.
  • A detail-oriented project manager who is experienced at leading, designing, and providing day-to-day oversight on simultaneous, fast-paced projects with multiple internal and external contributors and partners.
  • Committed to working with those representing historically marginalized communities in an equitable and inclusive manner.

Though less necessary for the role, we are interested in people with the following experiences (please be sure to note these in your resume and/or cover letter):

  • Knowledge of campaign and civic engagement organization program and giving timelines; experience working at a civic engagement, advocacy or electoral organization, as a funder, and/or on a campaign; familiarity with the power building landscape.
  • Familiarity with qualitative research methods.
  • Experience engaging with progressive donors, program officers, or similar.
  • Existing relationships with a range of civic-engagement and/or electoral donors.
  • Business development experience, including prospect identification and engagement.


  • Location: Our entire staff works remotely in various states across the U.S., and our internal culture fully supports and integrates remote staff. This position may be asked to travel periodically for in-person trainings, important convenings, and team-building.
  • Start date: We are looking for this position to start January, 2024. This is a full-time, exempt position
  • Compensation range: Starting salary commensurate with experience and skill set from $95,000 - $110,000 for the Lead Donor Strategist role. For exceptional candidates, we are open to hiring at the Deputy Director level.
  • Benefits: These include 100% premium-covered health, dental, and vision care, generous paid time off, 401(k) matching, twelve weeks paid parental leave (including the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child), disability leave, life insurance, and professional development stipends for self-directed growth.
  • For more information: See some of the reasons you may want to work here and visit our website for more information about the work we do.
  • To apply: Fill out an application here.

People of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, disabled people, and members of other commonly underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply, even if you don’t meet all of the criteria.

To ensure equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Analyst Institute will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Analyst Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship, size, weight, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including hiring, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide sponsorship for those requiring visas or work permits.

AI is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations as determined through an interactive process. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact accessibility@analystinstitute.org.


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Starting salary commensurate with experience and skill set from $95,000 - $110,000 for the Lead Donor Strategist role. For exceptional candidates, we are open to hiring at the Deputy Director level.