Director of Development
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research. A rotating committee of ten renowned mathematical scientists governs the Institute’s scientific program with a vision of the field that is perpetually renewed. A Board of Trustees, composed of accomplished business and academic leaders, oversees the Institute’s strategy, and assures its operational and financial welfare.
Researchers—nearly 2000 per year—come to MSRI to work in an environment that promotes creativity and the effective interchange of ideas and techniques. MSRI features two focused programs each semester, attended by foremost mathematicians and postdocs from the United States and abroad; the Institute temporarily becomes a world center of activity in those fields. MSRI’s staff and hosting processes effectively and comfortably support the visiting academic research community. MSRI takes advantage of its close proximity to the University of California Berkeley to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and also collaborates nationally with organizations such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The Institute’s prize-winning forty-eight thousand foot building enjoys spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. After 30 years of activity, the reputation of the Institute is such that mathematicians make it a professional priority to participate in the Institute’s programs.
MSRI also serves a wider community through the development of human scientific capital, providing postdoctoral training to extraordinary young scientists and increasing the diversity of the research workforce. The Institute advances the education of young people with conferences on critical issues in mathematics education. MSRI has created a national “math circles” movement of small organizations teaching and engaging in math as a hobby, beyond the standard curricula, for enthusiastic and often gifted kids. Through bold and attractive programs and films for the general public, MSRI strives to make mathematics accessible and exciting to those outside the field.
Because MSRI contributes so much to the nation’s scientific potential, MSRI’s activity is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. Private individuals, foundations, and nearly 100 Academic Sponsor Institutions, including the top mathematics departments in the United States, provide crucial support and flexibility.
A sense of the activity and physical plant of MSRI can be had through the short video at: http://www.msri.org/web/msri/online-videos/special-productions-events/introduction-to-msri
Since its founding, MSRI has received core funding from the National Science Foundation, with additional support from other government agencies, private foundations, corporations, individual donors, and sponsoring institutions. MSRI’s annual operating budget is approximately $7.0 million, with $4.5 million coming from government sources. The current endowment is approximately $13 million.
Director of Development is a partner in the efforts of the Director and the
Board to substantially increase the endowment and annual giving to MSRI from
non-government sources, in order to broaden and deepen MSRI’s core research
mission and to earn for MSRI the reputation of being one of the country’s most
effective institutions promoting public understanding of the mathematical
Major and Planned Giving
· Collaborate with the Directorate and the Trustees to develop and execute a dynamic plan for major and planned giving.
· Complete an in-progress Challenge Grant to achieve an endowment of $15,000,000
· Provide the vision and operational strategy to increase the endowment and operating budget
· Explore new communities of benefactors, including private foundations and corporations.
Donor Relations and Communications
· Lead and oversee donor cultivation and stewardship communications.
· Establish primary contacts for donors from the Directorate and Board of Trustees.
Management of Development Operations
· Work with the Director to manage a $500,000/year outreach budget
· Analyze development efforts and report on them to the Directorate and Board of Trustees.
· Lead in the preparation of grants and sponsorship proposals.
· Create and oversee donor events.
· Manage the use of MSRI’s Software.
· Enthusiasm for the Missions of MSRI as a premier international research center, and a resource for math education and the public understanding of mathematics.
· Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
· A bachelor's degree is required; master's degree preferred.
This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive benefits package.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Applying for this position
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