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Chief Development Officer - WAMU (15423)

Date: Jun 7, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20008

Company: American University

Work Environment

  • This position oversees a 12-person team with supervisory responsibility for 5 people


Chief Development Officer is a dynamic, ambitious leader and collaborator who will help drive an important public media organization to new heights. The Chief Development Officer leads a comprehensive philanthropic revenue program that includes a membership program with more than 70,000 active donors; major, planned, and institutional giving; and a pending capital campaign. As the organization transforms into a “digital-first” media organization, the Chief Development Officer will lead digital innovation and integration in Philanthropy, collaborating with stakeholders across the organization to develop and execute robust digital fundraising strategies. This individual is responsible for maintaining and growing what is now a $14 million annual revenue stream and overseeing a 12-person department.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 40-Exempt
  • Function Leader A


  • Commensurate with Experience

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 10+ years of relevant experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master's degree or equivalent

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in a complex fundraising organization
  • A proven track record of successful fundraising with high net worth individuals. Demonstrated success closing major gifts
  • Experience working successfully with sophisticated, high-level civic, cultural, and corporate leaders in a major metropolitan area
  • Experience building and overseeing a strategic, multi-faceted development and membership program across platforms
  • Highly experienced in digital fundraising, with a forward-thinking, digitally savvy mindset
  • Able to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic development plans
  • An outstanding manager with a demonstrated commitment to working with and motivating a diverse range of people
  • Proven ability to build and inspire a team, handling both strategic and day-to-day functions
  • Experience with major capital campaigns
  • Strong facilitator and coordinator skills with outstanding leadership abilities and interpersonal skills; must having credibility, good judgment, integrity, and trust and motivate others in a similar vein
  • Adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following through
  • Experience with CRM software and technology best practices to support philanthropic fundraising.
  • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and public speaking skills
  • Demonstrated negotiation and persuasion skills
  • A team player with a can-do approach who can skillfully coordinate fundraising activities with the General Manager, Senior Director of Content, AU advancement leader and staff
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent, with advanced degree a plus, along with demonstrated effort of continuing education in the field of philanthropy
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check


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Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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