Careers Associate Director of Development Operations

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The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is seeking an Associate Director of Development Operations who is creative and self-motivated and who will serve as the primary project manager for the grant process internally. This is a full-time salaried exempt position.

Please note that EPI is a hybrid workplace with attendance in our Washington, DC, office required at least two days per week (currently Tuesday and Wednesday).

EPI is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies. Our mission is centering the policy debate on the economic interests of workers. EPI is a key institution in the movement for economic justice in the United States and is widely recognized as a source of authoritative analysis on economic trends, with a particular focus on economic and racial inequality. 

What You Will Do

The Associate Director of Development Operations will work closely with the Director of Development, senior leadership, and other members of the Development Team on development activities for the organization, including the identification, cultivation, and stewardship strategies for foundations and unions. The Associate Director of Development Operations also prepares, reviews and edits materials generated for major donors and foundations; and represents EPI at meetings with funders, as appropriate.

Specific responsibilities include:

1. Manage grant writing and grant process outlined by Director of Development. This role will serve as the primary project manager for the grant process internally.

2. Manage prospecting of new foundation grants and individuals, working with the Development Associate.

3. Write, edit, and proof development-related materials generated by Development Director, President, Vice President, and other staff. 

4. Serve as project manager for labor outreach and end of year fundraising appeals

5. Fill in for the Development Director on an as-needed basis. 

Who You Are

We do not expect that every candidate will have this full range of experience, but the following qualities and experience are highly desirable:

  • Minimum 5-7 years development or related experience with direct application to the types of fundraising done by the Institute.
  • Project management, grants management and donor facing writing and prospect research
  • Able to manage several projects simultaneously; creativity and empathy; ability to work as part of a team; self-motivation and ability to prioritize.
  • Excellent research; organizational; written and oral communication skills


  • A passion for social and economic justice issues. Understanding of economic issues and how they relate to individual and community well-being
  • Experience working for a mid to large scale nonprofit

Education: B.A./B.S. required

Salary and Benefits

EPI is a unionized workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). This position is in the bargaining unit and reports to the Development Director

The salary for this position ranges from $90,000 to $105,000, dependent on experience, plus benefits.

EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, a 9.25% employer-provided 401k retirement contribution, eight weeks of parental leave, and fully employer-funded medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance for individual employees.


This position is based at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. As a condition of employment, EPI requires all staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination which meets the guidelines recommended by the CDC. Currently, the CDC recommends that everyone ages five years and older receive 1 dose of updated (2023–­2024 Formula) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

To Apply

Candidates should send a cover letter highlighting their relevant experience and explaining their interest in working at the Economic Policy Institute, along with resume, to with “Associate Director of Development Operations – Last Name, First Name” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

EPI believes that having a diverse and inclusive workplace not only strengthens the institute’s work but is also essential for understanding and creating economic policies that support all working people. EPI is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior history of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, caregiver status, or other categories protected by law.

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