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Executive Director of Development

Takoma Park, Maryland

Position is available immediately and is open until filled

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland,

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a private Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts university located in Takoma Park, Maryland—a bedroom community in our nation’s capital. Founded in 1904, it offers a dynamic blend of professional and liberal arts, undergraduate and graduate programs in a Christian environment. Washington Adventist University serves students of differing faiths from around the world. Its mission is to educate and train graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to communities in which they live and serve.
We value faith in God and celebrate the goodness of creation, the dignity of diverse peoples and the possibility of human transformation through worship and shared experiences. We uphold spiritual integrity and help one another to achieve it. 
WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision.

The Executive Director of Development will coordinate and implement strategies that build a culture of giving, strengthen WAU’s donor relationships with each of its stakeholder groups and increase the level of overall giving to the university. This individual will be a part of the executive team and will work with faculty, staff—as well as individuals, businesses, and congregations—to generate philanthropic support for the university and its educational programs.
Working closely with the President and the WAU Board of Trustees, the Executive Director of Development will report to the President and assume responsibility for the university’s advancement activities and implement its strategic priorities. Major responsibilities include fundraising; grant management and reporting; networking; relationship-building; identifying new funders in existing communities and expanding our reach with new funders in new communities; maintaining relationships with Board; and coaching staff and volunteer leaders on fundraising activities.
The ideal candidate will have a familiarity with the Seventh-day Adventist community, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as possess people management skills. WAU is seeking someone with professional fundraising and major donor experience. Candidates should be highly organized and collaborative, forward thinking, creative, detail oriented, hands-on and have the ability to thrive in a fluid, fast-paced, and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Coordinate and manage all aspects of a comprehensive development program including annual giving, major donor cultivation and solicitations, corporate and foundation giving and planned giving.
  • Manage a portfolio of 75-100 major gift prospects personally (including major gifts from individual, corporate, congregation, grants, etc.).
  • Make 10-15 visits per month to donors or roughly 120 to 180 personal visits in the initial year of hiring.
  • Provide direct supervision for the current and future development staff.
  • The Executive Director of Development will work with the President, Board chair and university’s leadership to effectively utilize their talents as part of major gift effort and a future comprehensive capital campaign.
  • Oversee the 2016 Major Gift Campaign
 Other Primary Duties and Responsibilities
•Develop a multi-year and annual fundraising strategy and plan.
•Research foundations, businesses and individuals to compile a list of appropriate prospective donors.
•Prepare and maintain fundraising materials and reports to donors.
•Manage and improve the donor management and gift-processing system (including acknowledgments).
•Provide monthly reports of revenue and progress towards fundraising goals for the President, the executive team and the board.
•Draft letters of inquiry, proposals and appeals, as needed.
•Make major gift “asks” and close the gifts.
•Ensure development work is coordinated fashion with all areas of the university.
Additional Job Duties
•Significant travel may be required.
•Train targeted faculty and staff on fundraising activities to help create a culture of philanthropy throughout the university.
•Represent WAU at events and conferences, as needed.


Minimum Education and Experience:
  • BA required; CFRE preferred.
  • 5 - 10 years work experience, professional fundraising and major gifts experience required.
  • Fundraising experience with Seventh-day Adventist preferred; experience in a faith-based community required.

Benefits package includes:
  • Health care, including vision, dental and prescription drug
  • Flexible Spending Plans
  • Competitive 403B plan Retirement Plan
  • Tuition assistance for employees, spouse and dependents
  • Life insurance including supplemental and accidental death and dismemberment policies
  • Long Term Disability
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • AFLAC insurance
  • Legal Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness programs
  • Professional development classes

Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.34 CRF (and subsections), insofar as they conflict with the Seventh-day Adventist teaching and practices.

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