Executive Director, Annual Giving

Washington, D.C.
Jun 22, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) is seeking an Executive Director, Annual Giving which reports to the Senior Associate Vice President of Development. DAR is responsible for leading the university's alumni and fundraising efforts. DAR 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 the mission of GWU through excellence in education, research, scholarship, and patient care.

The Executive Director of Annual Giving oversees the strategy and execution of university-wide annual giving marketing campaigns and programming directed at alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends; while providing leadership to the Annual Giving team and directly managing its key development leaders. The Executive Director and the Annual Giving program emphasize growing undergraduate giving participation, leadership annual giving, and building a pipeline of donors to benefit all areas of the university.


This position supervises a team of seven including the Associate Director for direct mail and email, the Director of Lead Annual Giving, and the Assistant Director for young alumni and student philanthropy. The Executive Director is responsible for developing strategy, executing campaigns and evaluating results of the direct mail and email campaign, managing annual gifts prospects and monitoring field work of the Annual Giving team, and supporting efforts in effectively and creatively engaging and soliciting gift prospects. This position also supervises the Colonial Connection calling center and supports the managing consultant's efforts in working with student workers to solicit alumni and friends effectively by phone. The Executive Director, Annual Giving also oversees the Luther Rice Society (GW's lead annual gift recognition society) and its Advisory Council, and supports the work through providing strategic direction and holding annual meetings.

The ideal candidate is expected to enhance their own professional knowledge and skills through networking nationally with institutions with similar programs, and maintaining an awareness of current best practices.

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 8 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 6 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.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Development & Alumni Relations Family Dev & Alumni Relations Sub-Family Annual Giving Stream Management Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40+ Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (daytime hours) Some evenings/weekends Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006424 Job Open Date: 06/21/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

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.

Posting Specific Questions
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  1. * Do you have a Bachelors degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have 8 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 6 years of relevant professional experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * What is your salary range expectation?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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Documents needed to Apply
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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