The George Washington University Division of Development and Alumni
Relations (DAR) and the George Washington School of Medicine and
Health Sciences (SMHS) is seeking an Executive Director, Major
& Principal Gifts, GW Cancer Center.
DAR is responsible for leading the university’s fundraising
and alumni engagement efforts. SMHS is the 11th oldest
medical school in the country and the first in the nation’s
capital. Since its establishment, the school has been at the
forefront of medical education, and has grown to include
highly-ranked programs in emergency medicine, cancer treatment and
research, as well as the health and biomedical sciences. This
position is an integral component to achieving aspirational
Reporting to the Assistant Vice
President for Major Gifts and Principal Gifts this position:
- Provides day-to-day fundraising leadership to the GW Cancer
Center and advises GW Cancer Center senior leaders about
development and alumni relations. This role serves as an
experienced major gift officer and assumes direct management of the
GW Cancer Center’s fundraising activity.
- In strong collaboration and coordination with central
development major and principal gift teams, this position works
closely with DAR and SMHS senior leadership to
develop and execute a sustainable development program that will
broaden the GW Cancer Center’s base of support.
- This role directs a major gift officer and development
assistant, provides guidance and professional development
opportunity, manages a portfolio of 75-90 top major and principal
gift prospects, and is actively involved in the identification,
cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of top-tier
- This position conducts 8-10 monthly prospect visits and
oversees the development of plans and strategies of the major gift
team in support of the organization’s philanthropic
- This role provides direct support to senior leadership through
prospect strategy and data assessment, typically including the
production of briefing materials, accompanying on donor visits, and
preparation of proposals and correspondence.
- This is a management position at the university that, in
addition to leading a work unit, leads and supervises staff
directly, makes hiring decisions, provides coaching, training and
mentoring, manages performance and recommends future staffing
- Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of
specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning
duties that are logically related to the
- Coordinates with central development and leadership, develops
the strategic messaging/impact narrative and overall campaign
framework for SMHS.
- Takes an integrated approach to constituent engagement
within SMHS DAR to be able to build pipelines across
- ·Provides comprehensive communication and management of
metrics, to include goal solicitation and attainment, pledge
collection, portfolio management oversight, and how we rate
- Stewards assigned donors, including pledge collection and
management of endowment funds to ensure appropriate spending and
communication to donors.
- Travel to support major and principal strategies is a
requirement of this position.