The Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) at the George Washington University (GW) seeks a Director, Foundation Relations. This position focuses on a portfolio of foundation prospects in support of GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. DAR is responsible for leading the university’s fundraising and alumni engagement efforts.
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is the 11th oldest medical school in the country and the first in the nation’s capital. The school is at the forefront of medical education, and has grown to include highly-ranked programs in the health and biomedical sciences.
The Director, Foundation Relations, will report to the Executive Director, Foundation Relations, and is part of the central development office; however, the Director’s primary fundraising responsibilities will be for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
This management position supervises the daily operations of foundation relations function, and provides guidance to colleagues who work most closely with foundation donors. This position oversees a portfolio of approximately 50 principal-level prospects and donors. This is a management position at the university that, in addition to leading a work unit, leads and supervises staff directly, makes hiring decisions, provides coaching, training and mentoring, manages performance and determines future staffing needs.
The Director, Foundation Relations, will collaborate with senior university administrators, school/unit fundraisers, deans, department heads, faculty and administrative staff of the university to accomplish foundation fundraising goals.
This position: • Develops strong and productive working relationships with the academic leadership and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in order to advance research and programmatic goals. • Oversees a portfolio of approximately 50 principal and major-gift level foundations to advance the work of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. • Creates dynamic institutional fundraising strategies to identify and approach foundation prospects best suited to support the work of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. • Solicits six and seven-figure grants and gifts from institutional donors in partnership with faculty or school leadership. • Collaborates with colleagues within DAR and GW’s Office of Sponsored Projects, and is familiar with the different internal processes for gifts and grants. • Supervises direct reports; provides coaching, training and mentoring; manages performance; and determines future staffing needs. • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 6 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 4 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.
• Proven record of implementing successful foundation strategies, including significant experience in soliciting six and seven-figure grants and gifts from institutional donors. • An understanding of the funding landscape in the field of medicine and health. • Experience in complex academic healthcare organizations. • Skilled in effectively navigating institutional complexity. • Existing relationships with foundation program officers and staff. • Exceptional verbal and written skills to effectively communicate with donors, institutional leaders, faculty, and staff. • Detail-oriented and possesses strong organizational skills, and have the ability to work on multiple projects with different colleagues simultaneously. • Demonstrated exceptional writing, grammar, and editing skills. • Experience managing teams. • Adept in examining operations and procedures, and developing and implementing improvements as needed.
Internal Number: S008913
About George Washington University
Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. It includes 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.