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Assistant Director, Annual Giving, GW Libraries & Academic Innovation

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Posting Details


Job Description Summary:

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations (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 GW’s mission of excellence in education, research, scholarship, and patient care.

The George Washington University’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) is seeking an Assistant Director of Annual Giving to work in the development office of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI). GWLAI’s work is the foundation of integrated teaching, learning, and research throughout the university. The development office is charged with fundraising to support the vision of the dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation and the strategic goals of GWLAI’s senior leadership. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving, GWLAI is a key position to help build the donor pipeline and will work with individual, corporate, and foundation giving.

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is responsible for managing a portfolio of 50-75 prospects. This includes identifying, researching, and cultivating individual leadership annual giving prospects, including engaging in 50-75 substantive contacts per year and soliciting leadership annual gifts ($1,000+). Additionally, this role will need to continually assess capacity and inclination to give, in order to identify and qualify 12 major gift prospects.

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving, GWLAI will provide key support to the Development office in order to meet the funding priorities of LAI, including generating Advance reports, prospect research, and drafting internal and external documents as assigned. This position will also accurately record information for relationship management in a timely manner, manage on-going stewardship efforts which includes gift acknowledgements, and generates stewardship reports as needed while overseeing the Memorial Bookplating Program and the student worker charged with those day-to-day tasks.

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving, GWLAI will also perform 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.

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

Bachelor’s degree desired. Strong writing and editing skills. A demonstrated understanding of the workings of non-profit educational institutions. Previous fundraising experience preferred, specifically annual funds.

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Libraries and Academic Innovation should be an energetic and flexible individual who possesses strong interpersonal skills. A strategic and analytical thinker with project management skills, who works well as a part of a small team. Requires discretion and the ability to interact with a range of donors necessary.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: Development & Alumni Relations
Family Dev & Alumni Relations
Sub-Family Annual Giving
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: S006830
Job Open Date: 11/17/2017
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

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelors degree or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * What is your expected salary range?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents