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Assistant Vice President of Development, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

George Washington University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 17, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) is seeking an Assistant Vice President for Development for the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS). 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 GWUs mission of excellence in education, research, scholarship, and patient care.

The Assistant Vice President, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences will report to the Associate Vice President, Schools & Academic Units, and will manage and oversee the fundraising and engagement efforts for the Columbian College and its development team. This role includes working alongside Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) staff across the division to create and execute a sustainable development program that will broaden GW’s base of philanthropic support for the school’s top priorities. This position will work closely with the Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, as well as leadership volunteers, faculty, and staff within the school.

This school-focused position leads the development and advancement strategy for Columbian College and works with top school and central development leadership to develop and execute annual and long-term development plans that include ambitious and realistic goal-setting for fundraising, enhanced constituent relations, and the establishment of a cohesive program for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of top-tier prospects. This position will be responsible for the creation of philanthropic strategies and will partner with staff, alumni, parents, and external constituents to fulfill fundraising goals for strategic priorities.

This position manages a pool of approximately 70 major and principal gift prospects capable of making seven and eight figure philanthropic gifts and will be expected to produce at least 15 proposal ($50K+) and complete at least 50 visits, 325 substantive contacts, and 50 qualify attempts to build the pipeline annually. This is a management position at the university that, in addition to leading a work unit, manages and supervises staff directly; makes hiring decisions; provides coaching, training and mentoring; manages performance; and determines future staffing needs.


  • In coordination with DAR leadership and the Dean, develops and executes a holistic fundraising and engagement strategy for the Columbian College. Develops strategies to increase giving attainment, maintains and builds relationships with key volunteers and donors, and enhances alumni and family engagement. Creates a comprehensive annual plan to achieve success. Oversees a team of eight responsible for major gifts, leadership giving identification, and constituent engagement. Provides management using a metrics-based approach and individualized annual business plans. Demonstrates a strong sense of teamwork and a commitment to an environment of mentoring and support.
  • Manages a pool of approximately 70 of the Columbian College’s top rated major- and principal-level gift prospects, and serves as team collaborator on university-wide prospects demonstrating an interest in Columbian College priorities. Held accountable for both individual attainment and outreach goals, as well as those of the overall Columbian College team.
  • Serves as primary philanthropic advisor and staffer to the Dean. Proactively works to understand and maintain an in-depth knowledge of Columbian College programs, key faculty, research, and notable initiatives. Utilizes Dean, CCAS top volunteers, faculty, and staff for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of top-tier prospects. Serves as primary staff liaison to the school’s leadership advisory group, National Council for Arts and Sciences. Manages advisory group meetings and ongoing relationships with individual members.
  • Works collaboratively with other school- and centrally-based colleagues, including Principal Gifts, Planned Giving, Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Donor Relations and Stewardship, Family Philanthropy and Corporate and Foundation Relations, to 1) identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors with Columbian College interests, and 2) build capacity for the execution of a comprehensive fundraising and engagement strategy for constituents of the School. Participates collaboratively in team planning and solicitation strategy efforts within DAR (Development and Alumni Relations).
  • 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 9 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 7 years of relevant professional 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior management experience, particularly in a complex organizational environment.

Experience in a higher education or the non-profit sector is preferred.

Master’s degree in a liberal arts discipline is desirable.

Exceptional written and oral communication and time management skills.

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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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