Associate Director of Development, Elliott School of International Affairs

George Washington University
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 06

Position description

The George Washington University’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) is responsible for leading the university’s alumni and fundraising efforts. DAR 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, scholarship and patient care.

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) is seeking an Associate Director of Development, Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA). ESIA is highly ranked in international affairs and is the largest school of international relations in the U.S. The position reports to the Assistant Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, ESIA. 
The Associate Director of Development at ESIA plays a critical role in developing meaningful connections with alumni, parents, and friends of the school that will result in stronger engagement and philanthropic support (outright and planned gifts). 
The Associate Director of Development manages a pool of approximately 150 top tier major gift prospects around the country and develops strategies to move them across the donor continuum. The Associate Director of Development is well versed in Elliott School/university programs and initiatives to align prospects’ interests and present proposals as appropriate. The Associate Director of Development is expected to be enthusiastic and work well in a fast-paced team environment. For more information about the Elliott School:

This position will conduct an average of 12-15 prospect visits monthly and document– comprehensively and in a timely fashion – these discovery/cultivation/stewardship interactions. The Associate Director of Development, ESIA will work closely with prospect research and development/alumni relations colleagues in identifying, cultivating, and tracking major gift prospects. This role will acquire an extensive knowledge of the school’s and GW’s programs and projects to match with prospect interest, while collaborating with faculty and staff in developing topic-specific proposals

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.


Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Two or more years of experience in fundraising (preferably with major gifts or face-to-face donor contact), public relations, or marketing is required (experience in higher education fundraising preferred). 
Excellent written and oral communications skills. 
Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and interpersonal skills. 
Adherence to best practices associated with the work of major gift fundraising. 
Desire and ability to work as part of a fundraising/alumni relations team and willingness to collaborate with a range of stakeholders across campus. 
Ability to work some evenings and weekends. 
Ability to travel domestically for prospect visits and events.

Typical Hiring Range$74,466.89 - $102,351.44

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