Director of Planned Giving
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Washington
National Cathedral in the search for a Director of Planned
Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Planned Giving will develop and implement the strategic effort to grow planned gift commitments to Washington National Cathedral in all forms and gift levels, including personally meeting with prospects to solicit and close gift commitments, partnering with major and annual gift officers to solicit and close gift commitments, and ensuring gifts are properly recorded and stewarded. Serving as an integral member of the Development Department Management team, the Director will ensure coordination and integration of the Planned Gifts program with other departmental functions.
This is an exciting time to join Washington National Cathedral, as it is in the second year of a five year comprehensive campaign. Not only will the success of the campaign shore up the foundations of the Cathedral, both physical and financial, but it will also fuel new programs, new outreach, and new ministry as well as ease the budget constraints that limit the Cathedral from fully fulfilling its mission and ministry.
Washington National Cathedral is first and foremost a house of worship. It has welcomed some of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders to its pulpit. Its sacred Anglican choral tradition and organ music are known for both excellence and transcendent beauty. As the sixth largest cathedral in the world, with stunningly beautiful architecture, stained glass windows, and surrounding gardens, it provides a deeply spiritual experience for all who enter. Those who visit for the first time and those whose daily lives revolve around the Cathedral know it to be a sacred space.
The Washington National Cathedral also occupies a unique place in the Episcopal Church and in the nation. Often referred to in its history as a “great church for national purposes” and “a national house of prayer for all people,” the Cathedral’s ministry is a unique mix of local and national mission priorities. The Cathedral conducts services of high national visibility including the Inaugural Prayer Services, most recently for Presidents Biden, Trump, and Obama, the funerals of Presidents Bush, Reagan, and Ford, and the installations of Presiding Bishops of the Episcopal Church. It also has a vibrant local ministry that includes an active worshiping community, three affiliated schools on the Cathedral Close, and engagement in diocesan and civic life. In addition, the Cathedral is a Washington tourist attraction and pilgrimage destination with more than a half-million visitors and worshipers each year. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cathedral has reached more than 2.5 million people around the country and world as it delivers its ministries virtually.
The salary range for this position is $100K to $125K annually.
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and/or equivalent experience is required for this position as is at least five years of development experience, with at least two years of those being in planned giving role. A Juris Doctor degree is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Washington National Cathedral. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.