Assistant Director of Development, CCAS

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The Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) is seeking an Assistant Director of Development for the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University (GW). 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 care.

The Corcoran bridges GW's academically robust programs in the arts with Corcoran's creative and inspired scholarship. Part of GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the school functions as an incubator for artists and practitioners in arts-related fields and provides a platform for engagement that combines creative expression and practical application with the breadth and depth of the larger liberal arts education.

Reporting to the Director of Development, Corcoran, this position will engage with and manage a portfolio of approximately 90-120 major and principal-level prospects in order to secure gifts ranging from $25,000 to $100,000+. The Assistant Director of Development will conduct an average of 12-15 prospect visits monthly and document each visit comprehensively and in a timely fashion. This position will also work closely with prospect research and development/alumni relations colleagues in identifying, cultivating, and tracking major gift prospects.

The Assistant Director of Development plays a critical role in developing meaningful connections with alumni, parents, and friends of the school while developing strategies to move them across the donor continuum, which will result in stronger engagement and philanthropic support. This position will also establish effective working relationships with fellow school/unit fundraisers, deans, department heads, faculty and administrative staff of the university to accomplish fundraising goals, as well as strengthen, and manage strategic relationships in order to advance philanthropic support for the Corcoran. This position will execute internal and external programmatic elements of the GW philanthropy program under the strategic direction of the Director of Development, including but not limited to Corcoran Strategic Advisory Council utilization and campus liaison projects (Admissions, Housing, and Division of Student Affairs), the annual fund, and prospect & donor events. This Assistant Director of Development will operate with independence and initiative while collaborating with the Corcoran's Director of Development and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences team members.


Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards 90-120 major gift prospects for respective school and/or division. Gift Range: $25,000-$100,000+.

Responsible for data management of individual portfolio to ensure accurate prospect tracking of stage progression, contact reports, proposals, and philanthropic capacity/inclination through the Ellucian Advance system.

Prepares briefing packets for university leadership and other university representatives, demonstrates prospect research skills and the ability to develop fundraising strategies involving leadership and faculty from diverse discipline.

Writes prospect, donor, and board member correspondence for the purposes of discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

Writes or assists with grant proposals, letters of support, concept papers, reporting, and budget reconciliation.

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 1 year of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study. 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:

1 year of relevant development experience (i.e. fundraising, principal gifts, alumni relations, donor engagement, stewardship, etc.).

Desirable experience includes work in a higher education development office, and/or the development office of a medium to large nonprofit organization, with a preference for arts, culture and design schools and nonprofits.

Proven experience in soliciting grants and gifts highly desired.

Must have exceptional verbal and written skills to effectively communicate with donors, institutional leaders, faculty, and staff. Experience with grant writing highly desired.

Candidates should possess strong organizational skills, and have the ability to work on multiple projects with different colleagues simultaneously.

Desire and ability to work as part of a fundraising/alumni relations team and willingness to take a collaborative approach when interacting with a range of stakeholders across campus.

Ability to travel domestically for prospect visits and events.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Development & Alumni Relations Family Dev & Alumni Relations Sub-Family Major Gifts Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 1 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, daytime hours, some evenings and 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: S006876 Job Open Date: 12/20/2017 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 Bachelor's Degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least one year of experience in the field or in a related area?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * What is your expected salary range?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

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    2. Cover Letter
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      Posted: 3/3/2018
      Application Due: 3/17/2018
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