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Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Washington, District of Columbia

Category: Other
Field of Interest: Other

Job Description:

Title: Assistant Director, Major Initiatives, Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Position Type: Full-Time, Exempt

Location: United States, Flexible


The Opportunity

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) seeks an Assistant Director to manage CDP’s major initiatives and support consulting service client engagements.


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Develop content for the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook through interviews with philanthropic leaders and research.
  • Manage the relationship between Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to launch the annual Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy.
  • Provide support for the grants award process for the CDP 2017 disaster funds and any future fund activities.
  • Work with the director of communications to increase engagement around all major initiatives.
  • Track disasters globally and provide written summaries of disasters for CDP staff, board, advisory council, existing and potential funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain relationships with global and domestic NGOs for the purposes of authoring disaster updates (in close collaboration with a writer) and for understanding the greater context of disaster relief and recovery operational programming.
  • Support the vice president in managing client engagements by authoring monthly disaster update emails, responding to disaster-specific client inquiries and crafting philanthropic strategies.
  • Support the vice president in authoring proposals for potential client engagement.
  • As a subject matter expert, work closely with the director of communications to plan an annual series of webinars.
  • Manage the administrative functions of the CDP advisory council.


The assistant director will report to CDP’s vice president. Direct reports to the director include a writer. The director is welcome to work from a remote location.


The Organization

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is an exciting venture that is changing the face of emergency-related grantmaking, moving it from a reactive and emotion-driven response, to one focused on increasing the effectiveness of the private donor’s dollar for the good of affected communities worldwide. By providing donors with the tools they need to make decisions to support disaster preparedness, relief and recovery, CDP brings more private philanthropic money to disaster response efforts and channels those funds in an innovative and strategic manner. CDP offers three distinct services to donors: 1) Promotion of learning and information through a website and interactive portal, webinars and convenings; 2) mechanisms for pooling resources with a unique preparedness, risk reduction and recovery focus; and 3) custom consulting services to help donors be more strategic in their giving.



  • Graduate degree preferred in a related field; bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of related experience or a combination of equivalent experience and education.
  • Experience in the disaster management field, immediate response and/or long-term community recovery of a local or regional disaster.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills geared toward internal and external audiences as well as in a wide variety of medium (print, blog, web, presentation, etc.)
  • Extremely strong attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.



  • Mission-driven
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to work independently
  • Team player
  • Deadline driven and detail-oriented
  • Sense of humor



Travel may include up to 20 percent of the assistant director’s time.


Qualified candidates should send cover letter and resume to: by July 15, 2018. Veterans and persons from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.