Director of Development

Washington D.C. (US)
16 May 2019
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15 Jul 2019
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Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in Washington, DC. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. The law school is located on the GW campus in the downtown neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom.

The George Washington University Law School is seeking an experienced Director of Development, Law School Major Gifts.

Law DAR is responsible for leading the school’s alumni and fundraising efforts and seeks to promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the university community, including alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, corporations, foundations, and other friends. Our goal is to advance GW’s mission of excellence in education, research and scholarship.

This experienced position acts as a liaison between the school or unit development team and his/her portfolio of alumni, parents, and friends of the university in order to plan and implement fundraising activities. This role partners with deans, faculty, central and school based development staff to meet fundraising goals and build affinity in support of philanthropic priorities.

This position will work to devise and execute a strategy to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts in a portfolio of approximately 90-120 prospects in order to secure gifts up to $1,000,000 and above. The position requires one-on-one engagement with the portfolio and will conduct an average of 12-15 prospect visits monthly in pursuit of this goal.

This will entail collaborating closely with fellow school/unit fundraisers, deans, department heads, faculty and administrative staff of the university to accomplish fundraising goals, in addition to working closely with prospect research and development/alumni relations colleagues in identifying, cultivating, and tracking major gift prospects.

This role 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 to result in stronger engagement and philanthropic support (outright and planned gifts).

Additional responsibilities include preparation of briefing packets for university leadership, developing or assisting with the creation of letters of support, concept papers, proposals and reports for potential funders on behalf of Law DAR and Law faculty, as well as maintaining proper documentation of fundraising activities in the database (Advance) including strategies, correspondence, visits, proposals and solicitations. Position may include participating in working group activities within development that advance university fundraising.

This role is essential for achieving ambitious goals for philanthropic support for faculty support, student support, academic programs, and capital priorities, and will handle sensitive and confidential information.

Travel up to 50%.

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.

The position is based at GW’s foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC.