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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.

Program Assistant for Selection

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Join a team that’s identifying and preparing great teachers for the students who need them most.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program recruits and selects strong prospective math and science teachers who enroll in master’s-level teacher preparation programs at participating universities in the Midwest, South, and Mid-Atlantic.

Reporting to the Teaching Fellowships Program Director and serving as a member of the Teaching Fellowships (TF) team, the Program Assistant will be responsible for the following:

  • Design and delivery of all Fellow selection and enrollment activities, including hiring, training, and managing expert math and science teachers to help select candidates;
  • Creation of the selection calendar;
  • Management of the internal selection committee;
  • Collaboration with universities to set up and implement selection days;
  • Collaboration with all university partners throughout admissions;
  • Communication with prospective Fellows to ensure that application and admission files are complete;
  • Tracking of application and selection data;
  • Coordination of Fellow acceptance materials.


  • Upbeat personality, outstanding work ethic, flexibility, strong organizational skills, superb attention to detail and a sense of humor;
  • Three years of program/organization recruitment, admission, or university recruitment experience a plus;
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Knowledge of CRM and Microsoft environments, including Word, Access, Excel. Experience with Ellucian Recruiter is preferred.


  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of people;
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively solve problems and initiate and implement projects independently;
  • Strong communication and public presentation skills;
  • Ability to represent the Teaching Fellowship in a professional manner.

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. To apply, please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to opportunities@woodrow.org, with ‘Program Assistant for Selection’ in the subject line.

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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