Washington and Lee University seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and
experienced fundraising professional to serve as its inaugural
Director of Development for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Reporting to the Director of Leadership Giving, the Director will
be a strong partner with the Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and
Student Engagement and the Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity
and Inclusion, among other offices focused on accelerating
Strategic Plan initiatives. The Director is a gifted professional
with an exceptional track record building relationships and
coalitions with internal and external constituents.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a central tenant of W&L’s
strategic plan, adopted in 2018. The University has invested
greatly in this effort including creating a dedicated physical
space for a Center for DEI, building out programming and, most
recently, allocating $10M in additional funding from the endowment
to accelerate this work. W&L’s commitment to DEI extends to all
facets of the University including student life, academics,
admissions, employee hiring, faculty recruitment and retention, and
Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and
inclusive environment that allows students and employees of
multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work,
and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that
environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of
- Leads fundraising efforts for DEI by dedicating a significant
portion of time to fundraising from established donors while
identifying new prospective donors.
- Manages and grows a portfolio of current and prospective donors
for W&L’s top DEI initiatives. This portfolio will include both
individuals and foundations.
- Works with colleagues in Development to incorporate DEI best
practices and philanthropic priorities into Annual and Reunion
- Works with the Executive Director of Development, Director of
Leadership Giving and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion in the creation and implementation of short-term and
long-term fundraising goals and objectives for DEI and make a
persuasive verbal and written case for supporting key programs and
- Travels nationally to identify, cultivate, and solicit
prospects for DEI giving opportunities.
- Participates in larger DEI-related activities at W&L
including, retreats and meetings as needed to develop a clear
understanding of the University’s broader vision for Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion to support fundraising priorities and the
University’s Strategic Plan.
- Develops and maintains an astute awareness of best practices
for engaging diverse constituents and communities and serves as an
expert liaison on philanthropy in diverse cultures for the W&L
- Represents Washington and Lee nationally as an active member,
presenter and in select leadership roles in strategic fundraising
and advancement organizations such as the Council of the
Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), to ensure W&L is
seen as a leader in the field of advancement.
- Serves as a contributing member of University Development, and
the broader University Advancement team, in furthering Washington
and Lee's mission and will perform other related duties as
Bachelor's degree required. Experience in a University setting,
non-profit or foundation working with people from historically
underrepresented populations is preferred. The successful candidate
will be knowledgeable of issues and best practices related to
diversity, inclusion, social justice, equity and
The ideal candidate will have a high degree of personal integrity;
ability to communicate and work well with others; willingness to
solicit gifts; strong organizational skills and attention to
detail; a strong customer service orientation; ability to deal
effectively and discreetly with donors, colleagues and allied
professionals; talent for motivating others; a high level of
computer literacy; high levels of energy, motivation, enthusiasm,
humility and a sense of humor are necessary.
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for
and new employees must provide proof of at least their
first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may
seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination
Resume, cover letter and three professional references are
required. The online application form requires you provide names
and contact information for three professional
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
position is filled.
External Applicants: Complete the online application forms. Upload
on the Quick Apply
screen, the application
will automatically populate your resume details, and you may verify
and update data on the My Information
page. You may add a
to the Resume/CV document upload section at the
bottom of the My Experience
application page. You will
not be able to modify your application after you submit
Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday
account. Click Apply
from the Open W&L Jobs
report. Update your Education
and Job History.
Provide information for three professional references
appropriate boxes. Fill out the required questionnaire
Cover letter and resume are optional. Refer to the Job Aid
for additional guidance.
- Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working,
primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and
- Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of
the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Types of Work:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of
force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently
or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects,
including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of
the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required
only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
M-F, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with occasional nights
and weekend hours required. Frequent travel will be required.
A remote work schedule will be considered.
Pay commensurate with experience.
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and
backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the
recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and
staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view,
interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and
diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working
environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we
are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of
scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development
of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our
faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are
representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and
abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with
disabilities to perform essential functions.