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Associate Vice President, Advancement Operations & Strategies

The George Washington University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 5, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The George Washington University Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) Division seeks an Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations & Strategies.

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 friends. Our goal is to advance GW’s mission of excellence in education, research, scholarship, and patient care.

Reporting to the Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations, the Associate Vice President will be an inspired leader with a demonstrated track record to lead and enhance GW’s advancement operations and strategic planning.

Primary responsibilities will include the following:
  • Function as the internal leader of DAR working closely with the executive leadership team to ensure the smooth functioning of the department.
  • Work with the Vice President and the executive leadership team to establish the strategic direction of fundraising programs, direct and short-term and long-range plans, develop budgets to support each unit’s goals, and ensure that performance is tracked and monitored.
  • Serve as a thought partner to the most senior members of the Advancement team across DAR on campaign planning, advancement services, and prospect and donor strategies.
  • Develop and implement the infrastructure needed to support multi-year, mega-campaigns or initiatives. Oversee the campaign team and collaborate with internal partners to set priorities and devise strategies for meeting campaign objectives.
  • Oversee the timely and accurate processing of philanthropic gifts and grants, campaign, and donor reporting while continuously improving policy and procedural options to facilitate compliance, engagement, and information exchange for advancement professionals university-wide.
  • Build data-mining capacity and accelerate the availability of prospective donor assessments, model outcomes, and other data to inform solicitation and engagement strategies, and develop and maintain these mining and modeling operations to utilize both proprietary and commercial data for internal decision-making.
  • Provide training resources, system applications, and user resources to professionals at DAR for the University’s advancement software to ensure the effective usage of this software.
  • Lead a CRM migration over a two-year period of staging, testing, and capacity building, followed by a lengthy implementation period in a pre-campaign and campaign environment.
  • In collaboration with GWIT, manage relationships with outside software providers, other vendors, and service providers, including budgeting, planning, and project management.
  • Provide guidance and demonstration of competency in the functional area of finance and accounting while working closely with the University’s CFO as a thought partner at the executive level.
  • Deliver guidance and demonstration of competency in the functional area of human resources and talent management while working closely with the University’s Vice President of Human Resources as a thought partner at the executive level.
  • Collaborate with senior administrators and staff to facilitate inter-departmental partnerships and achieve full divisional alignment.
  • Conceptualize a scalable suite of reporting tools and products for management information data-informed decision-making for use by the Vice President, executive officers, deans, school development officers, and DAR staff in a campaign environment – accounting for gifts and pledges, measures of donor engagement, estimates of and philanthropic capacity, campaign and other budget performance and other tools needed for DAR staff.
  • Serve as primary liaison to other information technology teams on campus to ensure seamless integration of advancement and administrative computing planning and system management and maintenance.
  • In collaboration with GWIT, ensure ongoing functionality enhancement for all web-based internet and intranet applications and services.
  • Design and establish programs for innovative use of proprietary and commercially available data for demographic and psychographic enhancement of constituent data records.
  • Develop appropriate coding mechanisms for internal processing which will enable long-term consistency and data manipulation.
  • Create programs (i.e., data modeling) to inform proprietary scores applied to constituent data records to inform solicitation and engagement strategies.
  • Develop an extensive understanding of the University’s academic and fundraising priorities.
  • Cultivate long-term, collaborative relationships with key internal stakeholders.
  • Protect confidential information and follow all DAR and GW guidelines pertaining to public records and constituent information.

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 position.

  If interested, please apply at:     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. Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.


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