Director of Development, CCAS

George Washington University
June 12, 2023
Offerd Salary:$50K-$1
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Job Description Summary:

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) is seeking a Director of Development (DoD) for the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), the largest and oldest school within GW. The Columbian College's academic mission is to be a model college for liberal arts education for the 21st century; a center for scholarly research, teaching excellence, and innovative curricula; focused on the development of students as citizen-leaders in the global environment.

DAR is responsible for leading the university's alumni and fundraising efforts and seeks to promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the university community, including alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, corporations and foundations, patients and other friends. Our goal is to advance GW's mission of excellence in education, research, and scholarship.

This experienced position serves as a liaison between the CCAS development team and his/her portfolio of alumni, parents and friends of the university in order to plan and implement fundraising activities and secure major gifts. This role partners with deans, faculty, central and school-based development staff to meet fundraising goals, engage volunteers, execute events, and build affinity in support of philanthropic priorities.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development for CCAS, this position will participate in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of 120+ major gift prospects for CCAS. The Director of Development, CCAS also serves as principal fundraising liaison to several departments within the college by providing strategic advice to department chairs and fostering a culture of philanthropy. This position will conduct 150 prospect visits, and submit 21 proposals generally ranging from $50K-$1M. This will entail collaborating closely with fellow school/unit fundraisers, deans, department heads, faculty and administrative staff of the university to accomplish fundraising goals, in addition to working closely with prospect research and development/alumni relations colleagues in identifying, cultivating, and tracking major gift prospects.

This position plays a critical role by developing meaningful connections with alumni, parents, and friends of the school while implementing strategies to move them across the donor continuum to result in stronger engagement and philanthropic support (outright and planned gifts).

Additional responsibilities include preparation of briefing packets for university leadership, developing or assisting with the creation of letters of support, concept papers, proposals and reports for funders on behalf of individual school/unit and faculty, as well as maintaining proper documentation of fundraising activities in the database (Advance) including strategies, correspondence, visits, proposals, and solicitations. The Director of Development will also staff and/or attend CCAS leadership meetings or other university-wide alumni events.

The Director of Development, CCAS is essential for achieving ambitious philanthropic goals for Columbian College faculty support, student support, academic programs, and capital priorities. The position will provide senior leadership, mentorship, and direct supervision for Assistant and/or Associate Director-level gift officers as assigned.

Performs other work-related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

In order to meet the demands of the role, the Director of Development, CCAS, will be expected to travel to meet with donors and prospects when it is safe to do so.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 6 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree in a relevant area of study plus 4 years of relevant experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, public relations, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience is necessary. An advanced degree is preferred.

A minimum of six years of fundraising experience is preferred, with specific experience in major gifts, relationship and volunteer management.

Strong communication skills, a high degree of professionalism, flexibility, and the ability to be self-directed and take initiative.

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Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.

College/School/Department: Development & Alumni Relations Family Dev & Alumni Relations Sub-Family Major Gifts Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 4 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full time -> FTE 1.00 Hours Per Week: 40+ Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Daytime Hours, some evenings and weekends Will this job require the employee to work on site? No Employee Onsite Status Hybrid Telework: Yes Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S012125 Job Open Date: 05/12/2023 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:

Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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