The Director of Capital Campaign Gifts is one of the major gifts fund raisers American University Washington College of Law. This position works directly with the Associate Dean on building campaign planning and execution, prospect management issues and overall stewardship and comprehensive campaign issues.
These responsibilities have multiple layers, including but not limited to the following:
- Qualification of interest and capacity of identified, tracked prospects in a given area;
- Ground-level prospect identification based on referrals and local research;
- Solicitation of high-end gifts for the purpose of qualification and cultivation;
- Ongoing management of a major gifts portfolio, resulting in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects;
- Assistance with identifying and cultivating leadership for regional building committees and for other volunteer opportunities at Washington College of Law such as admissions volunteers, advisory boards, reunion volunteers, and career mentoring;
- Planning, fostering attendance, and attending a range of regional events regardless of whether they are hosted by Alumni Relations, Career Services, Admissions, or a particular, school, college, or program of Washington College of Law;
- Through execution of these responsibilities, achievement of rigorous annual goals relating to visits, volunteer and cultivation referrals, and major gifts and pledges.
Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Development, the Director of Capital Campaign Gifts will work closely with Washington College of Law directors of development (planned giving, annual, and alumni relations.)
A Bachelor's degree is required. A Master's degree is preferred.
- Six years of experience in development, showing progressive responsibilities, and with demonstrated success in closing major gifts of $25-50,000 and above from individuals, corporations, or foundations
- Experience working with volunteers – either on boards, committees, in completion of assigned responsibilities
- Experience conceptualizing, managing, and running events of up to 100 people
- Experience working with mid- to high-level organization administrators
- Excellent oral and written communication skills demonstrated by clear, concise, and persuasive writing, public speaking, and private discourse
- Ability to manage several projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment
- High-level proficiency with MS Office programs including MS Word and MS Excel; capable of handling most letter writing, printing, and mailing
- Experience in higher education preferred
- Experience with fundraising management systems; Colleague Advancement/Benefactor experience preferred.
This position will require substantial travel within the National Capital Area, and approximately 30% travel in other assigned areas. Work may be required evenings, weekends, and during established University events such as the Myers Society Dinner, Commencement, and Alumni Reunions.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to the online application.