Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives - Office of Advancement

Washington D.C.
Feb 14, 2019
Feb 26, 2019
Full Time
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Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives - Office of Advancement

The Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives works directly with the Director of Strategy & Planning, the Vice President for Advancement, and the academic leaders of the university to conceptualize new academic, research and educational projects that represent investment opportunities for donors and/or strategic opportunities for the institution. Leveraging the expertise of the University faculty, departments, institutes and schools, these new investment concepts will relate both to societal/institutional imperatives and to the philanthropic objectives of the university.

The Associate Director, collaborating with the Director of Strategy & Planning and the Vice President of Advancement, will work with faculty, deans, donors, and thought leaders to identify promising concepts and develop projects worthy of investment by donors. With each initiative, the Associate Director will work with others to identify scope and scale of the opportunity, existing and relevant university resources and strengths, attributes or elements of a successful plan to build on these, and identify demonstrated needs and desired outcomes (achieving all of the above by, among other means, researching similar initiatives at peer institutions) and articulate the value of the proposed project to a prospective donor or donors. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • The Associate Director will collaborate with the Director in developing and positioning priorities and projects related to the mission and goals of the University and to the aspirations of major donors interested in investing in the University.
  • Work directly with the Director, faculty, and academic leadership, the Associate Director will provide strategic guidance into wide-ranging projects that support the President's vision for the University and the goals of the capital campaign, including developing priorities and positioning for main campus units.
  • Interact with prospective donors, University leaders, and external stakeholders to identify demonstrated needs and desired outcomes, including as part of Board of Regents weekends.
  • Initiate a process of research and interviews alongside the department director to develop and draft concept papers to be revised with input from stakeholders. 
  • Partner with frontline development officers to gather feedback from the market and develop proposals that respond to the interests of individual donors, with a particular focus on the principal and transformative level donors, whose philanthropic engagement requires a custom timeline.
  • Provide recommendations to the Director to develop options and strategies for organizing and institutionalizing new project development within the University.
  • Provide content strategy consulting services to frontline team and campaign operations partners, to include Board of Regents and Board of Directors meetings as well as annual deployment strategy.
  • Provide regularly updated talking points to frontline development team around a variety of priorities, including emerging fundraising priorities, major campaign ambitions, and updates on university news.


    • Master's degree preferred
    • At least 3 years of experience in business consulting, project management or new business development and expansion
    • Demonstrated record of conducting nuanced research about various  aspects of new projects, including the intellectual, programmatic, organizational, and fiscal dimensions
    • Demonstrated success in strategic planning and execution; marketing and corporate relations; cross-functional team leadership; and communications
    • Working knowledge of the University President's vision and priorities and the culture of a Catholic and Jesuit research university
    • Exceptional conceptual and analytical ability, creativity, detailed knowledge of Georgetown's academic mission and programs and higher education
    • Outstanding writing skills, intellectual vitality, extraordinary analytical abilities, strong collaborative skills, and a commitment to the continuing improvement of concepts and projects
    • Experience in new business development, an understanding of higher education and Georgetown University, the ability to manage complex projects and initiatives
    • Effectiveness and persistence in engaging the support of multiple stakeholders to achieve shared objectives, and a respect for the practicalities of implementation

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