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The Director of Development for the School of Public affairs is a
major gifts fundraiser for the School of Public Affairs at American
University. The Director of Development is responsible for
achieving aggressive fundraising, solicitation, cash, pledge, and
visit goals, which are set annually. This position manages a
prospect portfolio of at least 100+ active rated prospects for the
School of Public Affairs, with giving capacities from $25,000 to
$100,000+. The Director of Development is expected to personally
manage these relationships to cultivate, solicit, close gifts, and
steward alumni donors, as well as identify and qualify new
prospects for the School of Public Affairs. Domestic travel is
required in this position to personally engage alumni and secure
funds for SPA. The Director of Development serves as a key member
of the Dean’s external relations team and as an ambassador of the
school; works closely with the SPA Assistant Dean of Development,
SPA and the University Advancement Office, on moves management,
stewardship and donor issues to raise funds for the School of
Public Affairs; and shares in the responsibilities of managing the
SPA Dean’s Board of Advisors as well as managing donor-focused
- Major Gift Fundraising/Stewardship:This position is
responsible for identifying, qualifying, visiting, cultivating,
soliciting, closing, and stewarding donors to raise major gifts for
the School of Public Affairs. Personally manages key relationships
with 100+ rated donors ($25,000 to $100,000+) in an active
portfolio. Responsible for meeting aggressive fundraising, visit,
solicitation, cash, and pledge goals, which are established
annually, with minimal supervision. Works closely with SPA
Assistant Dean of Development, SPA Dean, SPA faculty and staff, and
collaboratively with University Advancement colleagues to achieve
campaign goals and has a key role in managing the SPA Dean’s Board
of Advisors and strategic events and projects to advance SPA
development goals and priorities.
- Prospect Management:Work in concert with University
Advancement colleagues, including particularly close collaboration
with the Planned Giving Team, and Office of Prospect Research &
Management to conduct entrepreneurial prospect identification and
- Reporting & Recording:Conducts timely updating of
reports, recording strategic moves and other activities in CRM
database, updating portfolio status
- Other duties as assignedin support of the broader
objectives of the Associate Vice President for Development and the
Vice President for Advancement.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- Travel Required: This position may require travel outside the
Washington metropolitan area 20-40% of the time, as well as
seasonal evening and weekend work for scheduled SPA and University
events and programs.
Required Education and Experience
- Full Time.
- Team Leader B.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree.
- 5-8 years of relevant experience.
- Proven track record of closing individual and/or corporate and
foundation gifts of $25,000+.
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication
skills. (A writing sample may be required.)
- General supervisory experience, with record of positive
mentorship and delegation of responsibilities.
- Maturity, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a
- Familiarity with fundraising databases and strong command of MS
Office Suite of products.
- Strong preference for experience in a higher education
AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching
retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their
families, several leadership development certificates, and has been
recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly
worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique
benefit options .
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