Work Location Detail 2100 M Street NW, Suite 310
Assigned Organizational Area: University
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom
Division/Vice President: Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations (DEV)
College/School/Department: Not Applicable
Internal Applicants Only? No
Position Type: Senior Management
Posting Number: Staff - 001739
Working Title: Director of Development, GW Museums
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Daytime Hours; occasional evenings and weekends. Some local and international travel as needed.
Total Hours Per Week: 40+
Pay Grade: 0
Recruitment Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Required Licenses/Certifications and other Specific Requirements: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, Sex Offender Registry Search, and Prior Employment Verification, Credit
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If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Job Open Date: 10/04/2012
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
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Job Vacancy Anouncement Information
Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 full-time and part-time employees (faculty and staff). The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication,respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.
Job Description Summary:
The George Washington University (GW) was created in 1821 through an Act of the Congress, fulfilling George Washingtons vision of an institution in the nations capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. We have more than 20,000 studentsfrom all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countriesstudying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy.
When it opens in 2014, The George Washington University Museum will feature the world-renowned collection of the Textile Museum, a center of excellence in the scholarly research, conservation, interpretation, and exhibition of textiles, with particular concerns for the artistic, technical, and cultural significance of its collection. The GW Museum will also house the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection and the Center for National Capital Area Studies. While serving public audiences, the Museum will allow scholars from around the world to integrate these spectacular collections into a wide range of academic studies, including history, art history, anthropology, and museum studies. In addition to the Museum itself, the university will construct a new facility dedicated to the study and care of the museums historic collections. This state-of-the-art conservation and resource center will be located on our Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.
GW is currently seeking an experienced fundraising professional to join the George Washington University Museum as its first Director of Development, GW Museum. This is a tremendous opportunity to build upon the development operation of the Textile Museum and to create an expanded, vibrant new development office for the GW Museum. The successful candidate will work with the Executive Director of the George Washington University Museum and the Associate Vice President for Development to set strategic direction for the GW Museum Development Program, coordinating with and engaging others in this work, including staff, volunteers, and external constituents. The candidate will work to create philanthropic strategies that advance the Museums comprehensive program. This program will include an annual fund, special events, membership, capital funds, collections acquisition, restricted project support, and endowment giving. This is a unique opportunity to serve as an architect and hands-on builder of a vibrant advancement program in the heart of the nations capital.
The successful candidate will be responsible for creating a development strategic plan that maximizes philanthropic support for the GW Museum and building a high profile team to implement it. The candidate will be instrumental in aggressively expanding the Museums fundraising potential. The candidate will also hire museum development staff, develop and manage the Museum fundraising budget, and coordinate development efforts with senior University officials and leadership volunteers. Responsibilities include identifying and managing a pool of major gift prospects for support of museum programs; cultivating and soliciting prospects via email, phone, letters, and personal visits in order to meet major gift metric targets. Also central to the role will be strategically deploying financial resources to ensure effective membership programs, annual fundraising events, and capital campaigns. Additional responsibilities will include coordinating and maximizing development efforts by working closely with other museum staff, including the marketing and communications team, and those with centralized development functions such as Principal Gifts, Planned Gifts, Annual Giving, Corporate and Foundation giving.
The successful candidate will have experience in museum or high education fundraising, preferably both, in which the candidate demonstrated success achieving fundraising results. Preferably, the candidate will have experience creating a development program from the ground up. Specific experience engaging, soliciting and stewarding major and principal gifts is necessary. Also, central to this role is experience in soliciting collection acquisitions as well as the appropriate financial resources to store and maintain them.
The candidate should also have an excellent understanding of how to navigate and function within a large complex institutional environment. An ability to guide strategic development, marketing and communications efforts to engage diverse stakeholders, strengthening their commitment to the organization and achieving their philanthropic support, is essential. Critical to the role will be excellent communication, organizational and leadership skills. The candidate should have a minimum of five years supervisory experience developing, mentoring, and leading a development team. The ideal candidate will have the ability to travel locally and nationally. Sensitivity and a strong commitment of the mission of the GW Museum is essential.
A Bachelors Degree or higher and 10 years of relevant experience is required;
A Bachelor’s degree or higher and ten years of relevant experience.
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or other certification preferred.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Responsible for creating & implementing a strategic development plan that maximizes philanthropic support for the GW Museum, including building a high profile development team.
Hires staff, develops and manages the museum fund-raising budget, and coordinates development efforts with senior University officials and leadership volunteers.
Manages a pool of 150 major gift prospects for support of museum programs; cultivates and solicits prospects via email, phone, letters, and personal visits in order to meet major gift metric targets.
Strategically deploys financial resources to ensure effective membership programs, events, and capital campaigns.
Coordinates and maximizes development efforts by working closely with other museum staff and those with centralized development functions such as Principal Gifts, Planned Gifts, Annual Giving, Corporate and Foundation giving.
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.
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The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.