Senior Associate Vice President for Development

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 Senior Associate Vice President for Development, Schools/Units.

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 advancement executive with a strong track record in fund raising, management, and campaigns to lead fund-raising efforts within GWs Schools and Units. Reporting to Mike Morsberger, Vice President for Development, the Senior Associate Vice President of Development, Schools/Units (Sr. AVP) will be responsible for envisioning, developing, and implementing programs and infrastructure in support of the campaign, as well as oversight of setting and achieving annual goals.

Joining a world-class advancement operation, the Sr. AVP will manage the teams ultimately responsible for achieving annual and campaign fund-raising goals at all levels, as well as building the pipeline of future donors for GW. The Sr. AVP will be responsible for direct management of the AVPs for Development responsible for Law and Medicine, the AVP for Development for all of GWs other schools, and the Assistant VP for campus and community. A new position, the Sr. AVP will work collaboratively with deans, university administrators, senior management, and volunteers to create and implement comprehensive fund-raising strategies in support of the priorities for each of the schools and units.

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 cultivating and soliciting major and principal gifts.

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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