Senior Director of Development, School of Foreign Service - Office of Advancement

Washington D.C.
May 15, 2018
Oct 16, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
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Senior Director of Development, School of Foreign Service - Office of Advancement

“Born in an hour that enriches it with a heritage of dearly purchased lessons in the meaning of true citizenship and pure patriotism, the School of Foreign Service hopefully dedicates its future to the exemplification of the Christian trilogy; − to Law, that Justice may prevail in the economic and political sciences; to Beauty, that she may not walk unnoticed in the busy marts of trade, among the money changers, and to Conscience, that sound Morality may ever guide our beloved country and countrymen in all their dealings, be they with nations or individuals.” - Father Edmund A. Walsh, S.J.

Founded with a mission to foster peace and stability through educating students and practitioners from a global perspective, the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University could not be in a more prominent and relied upon position to education the future diplomats and global citizens of the modern era.  Approaching the centennial of its founding, the school is poised to make an even greater impact on the world with a new Dean and new priorities.

The Senior Director of Development, reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President of Development, works in partnership with the Dean as the chief architect of a complex and integrated program of development activities for the School. S/he plays a critical role in the fundraising that will leverage and align with the School's centennial celebration in 2019.

The Senior Director's primary responsibility will be to coordinate advancement strategies for a portfolio of leadership and principal gift prospects, many of whom have multiple philanthropic interests at Georgetown. With some donors that will require playing the lead relationship role and with other donors it will require a behind the scenes coordination among academic leadership, development officers, and volunteers. The Senior Director will be responsible for convening strategy sessions, developing thorough and comprehensive briefings for the President, communicating with all interested parties, and ultimately for executing strategies and overseeing stewardship. Once fully onboarded, the Senior Director will be expected to raise a minimum $5M+ per year.

The Senior Director directs development staff and works with the Dean to design, implement, oversee, manage and evaluate integrated annual and campaign plans for SFS fundraising - including the identification of priorities, the creation and communication of a case for support, the identification, cultivation and solicitation of potential donors and the appropriate accounting and stewardship of gifts received. S/he provides leadership and day-to-day management of an integrated program of development activities for the School of Foreign Service, including its participation in the University's campaign.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 6 - 10 years of major gift fundraising experience that includes campaign planning and execution, preferably in a higher education setting
  • Leadership experience, including staff supervision
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work with a diverse range of constituents, including donors, board members and volunteers, as well as alumni, parents, friends, faculty, administrators, and internal colleagues
  • A demonstrated track record of success in meeting major gift and campaign goals
  • A high energy level and flexible nature

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