The George Washington University Development and Alumni
Relations (DAR) Division is seeking a Director of Donor
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 GWs mission of excellence in
education, research, scholarship, and patient care.
The George Washington University is strategically positioning
resources to deepen donor relationships and engagement with the
university. The Donor Relations team helps foster lasting
relationships between GW and those who generously support the
institution. As an advocate for donor interests, donor relations
promotes shared responsibility and accountability through timely
and motivating acknowledgements, stewardship reporting, donor
recognition, and donor engagement practices and policies across the
campus that target all levels of donor giving.
The Director will develop and implement an innovative
university-wide donor relations program for all donors to GW. The
Donor Relations team provides a comprehensive, donor-focused
program that enriches a donor’s commitment to the university and
motivates the involvement and investment of others.
The Director will manage a team that implements a best-in-class
donor relations program at GW that thoughtfully and proactively
cultivates relationships with new donors and stewards current
donors in order to maximize donor retention and engagement. The
Donor Relations team works to attract and retain donors to the
university – by providing timely and accurate acknowledgements,
ensuring donors are informed about the use of their gifts, and that
they feel recognized and appreciated for their support and
•Develops, implements, and leads a comprehensive university-wide
donor relations program that targets all levels of donor
•Develops and implements procedures for cultivation and stewardship
opportunities including impact of gift reporting (endowed, current
use and capital funds), donor recognition and celebration events,
gift acknowledgements, donor correspondence, communications, and
other opportunities for donor engagement.
•Oversees campus-wide programmatic activities to ensure that
stewardship policies and procedures are followed in an effective
and timely manner.
•Manages one donor relations staff member and monitors additional
university-wide stewardship activities.
•Collaborates with a variety of university stakeholders (AVPs,
deans, faculty, financial aid, finance directors, and program
directors) to ensure accurate information is collected for
distribution to donors and university departments.
•Develops and implements processes for auditing and monitoring
expenditure of funds from donor-restricted gifts and overall gift
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.
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.
- Outstanding editing, writing, and interpersonal skills.
- Proven skills and ability to successfully manage complex,
multi-phase projects from inception to completion and balance
multiple concurrent priorities.
- Self-directed and results-oriented. Demonstrated focus on
anticipating and meeting project deadlines.
- Ability to build collaborative relationships with internal
colleagues and university partners.
- Exercise a high degree of sensitivity in dealing with
confidential donor information.
- Demonstrated experience in the planning and execution of
- Previous experience working with major and leadership level
- A strong customer service orientation is desirable as well as
the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups.
- Advanced technical skills and computer literacy, including
fundraising systems and software, and proficiency with the
Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel).
- Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed.
Apply to: https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/92795
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.