Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations

George Washington University in District of Columbia

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 14, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The George Washington University seeks nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations.

Founded in 1821, the George Washington University is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 full-time and part-time employees (faculty and staff). The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication, respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research and public service mission of the university.

GWs goal is to be the preeminent research university in the nations capital, with unparalleled resources for students, neighbors, the nation and the world. The university is seizing new opportunities to enhance academic, research and service programs, focusing particularly on six strategic initiatives: sustainability, affordability, community, innovation, service and engagement, and diversity and inclusion. More information about GW can be found at

In anticipation of the public launch of an historic campaign, GW seeks a dynamic alumni relations executive with a strong track record in leading and enhancing alumni engagement programs. Under the successful leadership of Mike Morsberger, Vice President of Development and reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President, Development, the Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations plays a key leadership role in creating a lifelong and worldwide alumni community encompassing 257,000 living alumni throughout the United States and around the world. The AVP will articulate a compelling vision of alumni engagement in partnership with the university president, vice president of development and alumni relations, senior DAR colleagues, leading alumni volunteers—especially those on the GW Alumni Association Board of Directors, alumni staff and other university colleagues.

The AVP is expected to lead the strategic direction and oversight for:

  • Strategic Alumni Marketing and Communications, School Alumni Programs
  • Student, Young Alumni and Regional Programs, Benefits and Services including alumni career services and volunteer services
  • International Alumni Programs
  • Alumni Weekend and other alumni events
  • Affinity Outreach including athletic alumni programs and special programs such as the highly acclaimed annual Women and Philanthropy Forum and the operation of George Washington Universitys Alumni House

The AVP works closely with the Office of the University President, the Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Students, school deans and program directors, and other school alumni staff to leverage opportunities to identify and cultivate alumni prospects and generally further the goals of the division and the university. The AVP is responsible for all central university alumni engagement, as well as the leadership of the alumni staff for the Columbian College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Elliott School of International Affairs, and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Qualified candidates will have a bachelors degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus ten years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. The ideal candidate will have considerable campaign experience, preferably in a large research university setting, as well as experience managing a team and direct experience building alumni programs.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications, nominations, or requests for the full leadership profile should be sent electronically via e-mail to Lucy A. Leske and Katy Steele, the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting GW on the search, at

The George Washington University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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