Title: Director of Veterans Services
Reports to: President
The Philanthropy Roundtable. The Philanthropy Roundtable’s mission is to foster excellence in philanthropy, protect philanthropic freedom, help donors achieve their philanthropic intent, and help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility in the United States and abroad. The Roundtable currently assists nearly 630 members, primarily foundations and generous families. The Roundtable has annual revenue over $9 million, has 36 full-time staff members, and is located in Washington, DC.
Job Summary: The Roundtable’s Director of Veterans Services is responsible for consulting with donors who wish to provide assistance to veterans, members of the military, or their families—helping them to make effective, efficient, and imaginative use of their funds. The director should build personal expertise and Roundtable credibility such that the Philanthropy Roundtable remains the national leader on intelligent giving to veterans, service members, and their families.
This an opportunity to lift charitable support for veterans—provided by major donors and millions of ordinary citizens alike—above sentimental or undiscriminating projects, and help focus it instead on clear-eyed, useful, concrete measures that help veterans become successful private citizens after their valuable military service. This will include healthy transitions to good work, education and occupational training, appropriate medical care, cultural support and camaraderie, and beating dysfunctions like addiction, depression, and dependence on disability or other welfare benefits.
Modest continuing oversight of the Independence Project—the Roundtable’s pathbreaking experiment in leading veterans with high disability ratings into productive jobs, and the many wholesome social outcomes that come from active work—will be part of your work. There may also be opportunities for applicants with experience or good instincts for advocacy and political organizing to help translate the research findings of the Independence Project into a series of Federal policy reforms and program innovations.
Job Duties: Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Seek out and cultivate new donors to the field of veterans philanthropy, and offer concrete assistance to all funders seeking to become active in this field.
- Regularly convene leading funders of veterans causes to share best practices, collaborate on grantmaking opportunities, communicate their learnings to broader audiences, and facilitate information sharing with agencies officials and elected leaders.
- Produce, in collaboration with the Roundtable communications department, a regular newsletter updating interested donors on important developments in veterans philanthropy and policy.
- As opportunities arise, author or oversee production of articles, reports, or other publications about veterans philanthropy in collaboration with the Roundtable publications department.
- Create programming in this area for every Roundtable Annual Meeting.
- Oversee the Roundtable’s groundbreaking disability compensation demonstration project focused on helping veterans transition to self-reliance and rewarding careers. Primarily, serve as liaison between service provider, evaluation team, founders, and donors.
- Report back to funders of the program on goals accomplished with their support.
Education: Bachelor's degree
Experience: Some experience in military, military family, or veterans work. Experience managing donors a plus. Expertise in national policy and advocacy a plus.
- Understand and support The Philanthropy Roundtable's mission and principles
- Collaborate well with all staff members to complete projects
- Intellectual and social familiarity with military life
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Excellent writing and speaking skills
- Good quantitative skills and ability to budget
- Capacity to juggle multiple projects at once
- High standard of honest; characteristics of confidence, cheerfulness, and professionalism
- Position based in Washington, DC
- May travel up to 25 percent of the time
Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Suzi Marchena, smarchena@PhilanthropyRoundtable.org.