Donor Relations Manager

Hudson Institute - Washington, D.C.

The Donor Relations Manager will assume principal day-to-day responsibility for all Hudson Institute development events, with a focus on major donor events and cultivating relationships with major donors. The Donor Relations Manager will report to the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and will also coordinate closely with Hudson trustees, leadership, major donors, and staff. This position demands an individual with keen organizational and planning skills, along with the ability to balance a number of different projects at any one time. The Donor Relations Manager will work out of Hudson’s Washington, D.C. office. Routine travel—especially to New York City—is required.

About Hudson Institute
Hudson Institute is a research-focused public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute’s mission is to promote American leadership and global engagement for a secure, free, and prosperous future. For more than half a century, Hudson Institute has been challenging conventional thinking by developing new ideas and practical solutions to shape critical foreign and domestic policy decisions.

Primary Duties
The Donor Relations Manager will oversee and facilitate the logistics for numerous Hudson Institute development-related events, including monthly major donor events and the Hudson Institute annual gala dinner. This position will incorporate aspects of donor relations and project management. Key duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Correspondence management (save-the-dates, invitations, RSVP lists, follow-ups, sponsorship solicitations, “thank-you” procedures, etc.);
  • Developing strong relationships with Hudson’s donors, and an ability to attract new donors to Hudson Institute events;
  • Managing event logistics (vendors, seating charts, organization, scheduling, database management, etc.) for each Hudson Institute donor event;
  • Working alongside public affairs and development staff to promote events through donor communication, outreach, and placement;
  • Attending local (and occasionally national) events to facilitate, assist with, promote, and represent Hudson Institute’s public image as needed; and
  • Growing Hudson Institute’s program of major donor events to additional strategic locations.


Successful performance in the position entails consistent, high-level fulfillment of each and every essential duty and responsibility described above. General requirements for the position are as follows:

  • Commitment to Hudson Institute’s mission and supporting the work of the Institute’s scholars and staff;
  • BA/BS and 2 years’ relevant fundraising experience;
  • Superior writing, speaking, and editing skills;
  • A strong talent for both individual initiative and working well with others;
  • Equally strong talents for managing projects and meeting deadlines;
  • Commitment to acting with integrity and the utmost professionalism.

 Application Instructions

A competitive salary and strong benefits package are offered based on experience. To apply, please email a cover letter and personal résumé to

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