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
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
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
- 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 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.
Prior management experience, particularly in a complex
Experience in a higher education or the non-profit sector is
Master’s degree in a liberal arts discipline is desirable.
Exceptional written and oral communication and time management
Apply to: https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/93169
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.