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Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni Relations

The Washington Center
Washington D.C.
$200,000 - $225,000
Date posted
Jan 10, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Overview

Joining TWC at a pivotal moment of transformation and growth, the Executive Director (ED), Advancement and Alumni Relations will be an aspirational leader, combining vision with strategy to set goals and motivate toward achievement of them. The ED will be a change agent, able to effectively guide others in a dynamic environment with seasoned judgment, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and ethical practices for development.

Reporting to TWC’s President, Kim Churches, the ED serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in strategic decisions affecting The Washington Center (TWC). This position is responsible for the fundraising and partnership activities to achieve annual and multi-year financial goals for the organization. The ED ensures TWC’s ongoing sustainability and growth via building and maintaining strong pipelines and loyal partner relationships, including in leveraging the President for meetings and engagements.

The ED will establish and implement a robust advancement plan needed to meet the goals of the strategic plan, growing and diversifying through the cultivation and solicitation of gifts and partnerships from individuals, corporations, government and foundations. In collaboration with the President, the ED will expand TWC’s donor base/pipeline and will work closely with other team members, Board members and partners to secure funding for new strategic initiatives while carefully stewarding relationships at all stages.

The ED oversees the Alumni Relations function that advances the goals of TWC with a focus on building a strong alumni pipeline of future advocates, volunteers and donors through programming and annual/multi-year giving opportunities. The ED will directly supervise a team of 3-4 advancement professionals, leading and developing the team in a way that empowers growth and inspires trust.


Duties & Responsibilities

Advancement & Partnerships (65%)

  • Actively work with the President to develop and implement a comprehensive advancement plan Lead team responsible for meeting annual advancement and partnership goals. Develop strong relationships with prospects and donors to TWC. Attend as a senior leader in key events and programs to build partnerships in the greater Washington, DC region. Support and partner with the President and Board members on major advancement and partnership initiatives, particularly focused on Strategic Plan priorities. Drive primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach. Oversee research of funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position TWC ahead of major funding changes or trends. Ensure the accuracy in monitoring all donor information; provide and present dashboards and analysis to Board and senior leaders. Develop and implement a comprehensive stewardship program. Attract and retain strong staff talent in the interest of advancement and organizational goals.


Alumni Relations & Development (20%)

  • Oversee the strategy development for the network of 65,000 alumni in concert with staff. Create annual and multi-year giving programs for alumni. Engage alumni and friends to actively contribute back to TWC through philanthropic support, fostering strong relations with alumni by engaging them in the life of TWC and its mission, including through the Alumni Leadership Council. Develop, test and scale engaging programming, including lifelong learning, for alumni leading to stronger engagement and ties to TWC. Travel as needed to attend key alumni events or programs.



Organizational Leadership (15%)

  • Serve as member of the leadership team of the organization via strong participation in all senior leadership team meetings and discussions bringing a partnership lens to decision-making, while maintaining an overall organization-wide strategic outlook. Advise the President and senior leadership team on partnership and philanthropy trends and best practices. Serve as the key staff member for the Board’s Advancement Committee. Develop strong relations with the Board of Trustees and work with the Office of the President in developing Board meetings and events. Establish key performance indicators and reporting tools to measure the progress and/or success of advancement and alumni efforts.  Manage fiscal and staff resources within an established budget. Work closely with the CFO on critical forecasting for revenues and expenses. Develop relations and work closely on a regular basis with TWC departments. Lead and manage staff with an eye towards robust staff engagement, development, collaboration, and a strong positive TWC culture that allows team members to fulfill their potential.

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