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Chief Development Officer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation seeks a seasoned fundraising professional to lead and grow a development office that annually raises approximately $1.75 million in unrestricted gifts and $25 million in grants from private foundations and government funders.

Based in Princeton, NJ with a dual report to the President and to the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will oversee a team of three+ professionals (annual fund associate, grants associate, regional development officer, and part-time office manager) and will serve as the lead executive responsible for maintaining and growing the Foundation’s deep base of institutional support while, over time, building a sustainable major gift-focused fundraising culture that is seamlessly integrated with the organization’s marketing initiatives in order to further Woodrow Wilson’s mission.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished senior development professional with gravitas, a proven track record in building sustainable high-performing development programs, and a demonstrated history of successful interactions with high-net-worth individuals and institutional leadership. S/he must demonstrate exceptional abilities in management, organization, communications (oral and written), volunteer leadership, and all areas related to major gift fundraising. In addition, the Chief Development Officer must have exceptional interpersonal capabilities in order to partner seamlessly with Woodrow Wilson leadership, staff, and high-level volunteers in order to meet rapidly increasing fundraising goals.

The ideal CDO is most comfortable working in an intellectually rigorous, fast-moving, highly strategic organization that is dedicated to innovation, proven results, long-term impact, and education as a key to social change. The CDO is someone who is a “natural” in collaborating at the highest levels with CEOs, philanthropists, thought leaders, elected officials, and other high profile individuals.

Finally, the Chief Development Officer will be expected to work as a close and trusted partner of the President and Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer in all institutional and individual fundraising initiatives as well as in maximizing the contacts of the Board in order to leverage their relationships and uncover new donors capable of helping Woodrow Wilson in its mission to identify and develop leaders and institutions for the nation’s most critical education challenges.

Note: The search is being conducted for the Foundation by Diversified Search. To review a full job description and apply, contact Beth Reeves of Diversified Search at beth.reeves@divsearch.com. Please do not send your application directly to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX employer. The Foundation is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants, without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.

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