Assistant Director, Foundation Relations

The George Washington University
Washington D.C.
$52,959 - $72,845

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The Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) is seeking an Assistant Director, Foundation Relations 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 of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, corporations and foundations, patients, and other friends. Our goal is to advance GW’s mission of excellence in education, research, scholarship, and patient care.

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director, Foundation Relations, reporting to the Director, Foundation Relations, will help identify and secure philanthropic support from foundations for variousGW priorities and programs, with a special focus on programs and research in publichealth, health policy, health care, and biomedicine. The Assistant Director will establisheffective working relationships with school/unit fundraisers, department heads, and facultyand administrative staff of the university to accomplish foundation fundraising goals.

Responsibilities include:

Researching the giving interests of foundation funders and staying abreast of philanthropic trends and recent foundation giving.

Identifying funding opportunities and maintaining prospect databases for assigned areas.

Preparing fundraising materials including, but not limited to, proposals, letters of inquiry, reports, presentations, and acknowledgment letters. This includes assisting in the creation of and drafting original copy as well as editing and formatting as needed.

Gaining a thorough understanding of gift processing between the Office of Sponsored Projects and DAR, includes using GW systems for proposal submission and grants management, assisting with routing proposals through the Office of Sponsored Projects, and reviewing contracts and agreements.

Maintaining a portfolio of funders with a typical grant size of less than $100,000 and ensuring proper documentation of fundraising activities, internal and external.

Leading engagement and stewardship activities by liaising with administrative departments, drafting reports, performing research for reports and briefs, and partnering with Donor Relations.

Performing 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. 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

The strongest candidates will have fundraising experience, particularly working with foundations in a higher education development office and/or comparably multi-tiered nonprofit organization, be comfortable with writing, translating, and synthesizing complex information, and have:

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Strong written and verbal communication skills, and ability to synthesize complex information into concise communications.

Strong analytical and prospect research skills, and interest in learning about a wide variety of subjects.

Strong interpersonal, mediation, and facilitation skills.

Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

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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.



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