Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
The Director of Development for the Gephardt Institute reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development Programs and Executive Director of National Councils and will work closely with the Executive Director of Development for University Initiatives, University leadership, and A&D colleagues on fundraising programs associated with the Gephardt Institute. The Director of Development will serve as the primary liaison to the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and provide leadership of the Eliot Society committee and other programs related to the Gephardt Institute. The Director of Development may also assist with initiatives related to other interdisciplinary centers and institutes as assigned.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversee all fundraising strategy for the Gephardt Institute; including but not limited to working with the Gephardt Institute Director on strategic planning efforts, identifying funding priorities, building and writing case for support, campaign planning, identification of major gift prospects, development of gift tables and campaign timelines, creating collateral materials, oversight of regional and national events to support the Gephardt Institute, and other strategic elements critical to success.
Be personally responsible for and develop strong programs for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual alumni and non-alumni major gift prospects and donors. Additionally, the Director will coordinate proposals for Corporate and Foundation prospects in partnership with Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Gephardt Institute.
Develop and oversee Gephardt Institute Eliot Society committee and develop a robust program to secure annual and unrestricted gifts for the Gephardt Institute.
Travel extensively to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors on behalf of the Gephardt Institute.
Closely collaborate with other A&D staff in developing funding for the Gephardt Institute. This will include staff in University Initiatives, Corporate and Foundation Relations, school directors, major gifts and regional directors, principal gifts, annual giving, and planned giving.
Participate in prospect review sessions to develop long-term strategies for development of prospects.
Work aggressively to become familiar with the history, current strengths, and future ambitions of Washington University and the Gephardt Institute. Educate prospects about continuing efforts to achieve fundraising ambitions of the Gephardt Institute over the next few years.
Work closely with the Executive Director of Development for University Initiatives and the Director of the Gephardt Institute to identify priority needs for funding.
Bachelor’s degree required and five years of fundraising experience.
A successful and experienced professional with knowledge and success in institutional development, major gifts, capital campaigns and annual giving with fundraising and prospect call experience, particularly in higher education.
Master’s degree or higher preferred.
A desire and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across Alumni and Development and with diverse constituents (board members, chancellor, executive vice chancellor, deans, school or unit directors, major gift officers, high level donors and volunteers, etc.).
Familiarity with cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for individual giving, particularly during a comprehensive capital campaign.
Ability to analyze, condense and synthesize confidential information with regard to major prospects and ability to provide accurate analysis and summaries.
Expertise in designing and implementing effective processes in prospect identification and prospect management.
Experience in working with a team to produce publications with targeted and effective messaging for mass distribution.
Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully with administration, faculty and volunteers as appropriate to secure gifts for university-wide initiatives and interdisciplinary centers and institutes.
Strong communication skills with the ability to speak credibly about higher education and the aspirations of Washington University.
Ability to provide clarity, crispness and effectiveness in oral and written communications.
Exceptional ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a discreet and professional manner.
Strong writing skills and attention to detail.
Exercise initiative and judgment in carrying out assignments.
Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm and perspective; a very strong work ethic.
Maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
Exceptional organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
Experience with computer technologies and sophisticated software applications.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Alumni and Development Programs. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
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