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Chief Development Officer

Woodrow Wilson seeks a dynamic, highly organized, and strategic individual with outstanding presentation skills, strong writing skills, marketing savvy, and broad-based development expertise (depth in all relevant areas of the fundraising operation), with particular strength in corporate and foundation fundraising. Experience building and/or significantly growing a sophisticated, complex development function is desired. The organization requires an individual who is committed to building a high-profile program that does not fit within the usual category of nonprofit organizations. This seasoned development professional will embrace the Foundation’s mission and the sweep of its vision, and will fit well within a culture of impassioned, driven, and dedicated professionals. This is an exciting, high-access opportunity for an ambitious and highly skilled fundraising leader.


  • Leadership experience within a sophisticated fundraising operation of similar complexity, preferably within an education-related enterprise, a foundation, an organization dedicated to education reform, an organization that offers fellowships or the equivalent, or an innovative mission-based environment. A broad background in development with at least five years in leadership posts, including work in all core functional areas of fundraising.
  • Significant experience in institutional development encompassing work in all relevant areas such as grant writing, foundation relations, corporate programs and relations, stewardship, prospect research, and reporting is mandatory. Exceptional writing skills are required.
  • Deep experience in personal fundraising solicitation with a proven record of accomplishment in corporate, foundation, and government fundraising, as well as a broad-based knowledge of strategic fundraising program building, national-caliber fundraising, donor acquisition, planned giving, research, cultivation, organization, stewardship, reporting, and overall management. Planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion of a major campaign are desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience with the full range of donor sources private foundations, government agencies, corporations, board members, individual major donors, annual fund donors and ability to think strategically of other potential funders and partnerships.
  • Proven success with programmatic-driven major gifts fundraising. Experience with program creation is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to “roll up the sleeves” and take on all responsibilities of a small development team, including a heavy emphasis on writing grants and proposals as well as executive leadership communication.
  • Experienced with multifaceted, national-caliber development organizations and appreciation of the importance of communications and marketing in successful outreach and fundraising.
  • Superb judgment and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with high integrity and a sense of humor.
  • Articulate and genuine spokesperson on behalf of Woodrow Wilson.
  • Sensitive to human relations and ability to work independently and as a team member in a dynamic, mission-driven environment.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree, MBA, or other degree in a relevant discipline that will be credible to donors, with strong academic credentials, is preferred.

View the full position description here.

Please send applications or nominations to Susan Meade and Addie Jones at [email protected]

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Director of Annual Giving

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, an operating foundation, identifies and develops leaders and institutions to meet the nation’s most critical challenges, working primarily through education. Since 1945, through its array of programs, Woodrow Wilson has been privileged to support the development of more than 27,000 leaders—teachers and scholars, leaders and business people, artists and innovators. Many Fellows from various Woodrow Wilson programs have achieved notable national or international honors and distinguished positions. A great many more continue to publish new work and receive recognition for their teaching and research

Using the prestige of its Fellowships as well as harnessing new resources, the Foundation has created innovative programs including the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships to prepare exceptionally able individuals to teach math and science in high-need schools, as well as change the way they are prepared; the WW MBA in Education Leadership to prepare the next generation of school leaders; and the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, a new model of educator preparation.

The Foundation seeks a Director of Annual Giving to support its $1.9M annual fund and serve as a key member on a four-person development team.

Responsibilities include the following:

Annual Giving Management

  • Design and implement annual calendar for solicitations and communications to 20,000-person donor base.
  • Develop and execute fundraising appeals and customized approaches for top donors.
  • Research prospects and develop briefings for President, EVP/COO, and CDO
  • Engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors through phone calls and meetings


  • Ensure that all gifts are acknowledged properly and in a timely manner
  • Coordinate e-blast of newsletters
  • Collaborate with the Vice President and Secretary on the distribution of the hard-copy newsletter and production of the annual report
  • Collaborate with other members of the Development and Communications teams on the planning and production of special events

Records Management and Reporting

  • Collaborate with Development Assistant to record and consistently and report on prospects, donors, alumni, gifts, and events.
  • Together with Development Assistant, oversee the processing of gifts via Network4Good, Virtual Merchant, Elavon, and Blackbaud applications.
  • Enter and manage constituent data for all individuals and organizations, including appeals, action updates, constituent demographics, and relationship links.
  • Produce reports and assist with general analysis of data as it relates to fundraising and donor recognition.
  • Create and provide queries, reports, correspondence and mailing lists from donor and prospect database, send invitations, track RSVPs
  • Prepare monthly reconciliation of gift receivables in collaboration with Controller

General Office Support

  • Support special events and projects as requested


Required Qualifications

  • Three to five years of fundraising experience (nonprofit and/or education background helpful)
  • Experience in database management (Excel required, Raiser’s Edge preferred) and Microsoft Office software; familiarity with Mailchimp a plus
  • Undergraduate degree preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and work independently
  • Cooperative attitude, willingness to learn, team approach
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills


To be considered for the above-mentioned position, please send a letter of interest and a résumé to Jane Foran, Operations Manager, at [email protected]. Please generate all documents in MS Word or a converted .pdf file.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.  Learn more about the Foundation by visiting www.woodrow.org.

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An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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