Assistant Vice President of Development American University, Washington, D.C.

A student-centered research institution situated in a residential neighborhood of the nation's capital, American University (AU) is home to eight prestigious schools and colleges, over 160 programs, and more than 13,000 students. AU is a highly ranked educational institution with an internationally recognized faculty. Balancing class time with career-advancing experience, the culture of AU is to encourage students to be committed to service, leadership and making change at the domestic and global level. Its students, among the country’s most politically active, distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities.

With the recent appointment of President Sylvia Burwell, coupled with a significant investment in the Advancement division and a historic campaign on the horizon, AU is a career destination for ambitious, entrepreneurial fundraising professionals who are inspired by the University’s distinct mission.

The Opportunity

American University seeks an innovative, solutions-oriented development leader to serve as its next Assistant Vice President of Development (AVP). This is a tremendous opportunity to play an instrumental role in building and advancing the University’s fundraising program and be a key leader during its most ambitious campaign. Reporting to the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and serving as a critical member of the senior leadership team, the AVP will provide strategic oversight and management to the fundraising activities and teams in the central schools and colleges, athletics, and campus initiatives. S/He will lead the annual fundraising planning process in close coordination with the Provost and personally play a key role in principal gifts work, with a primary focus on cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts of $1 million or more.

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Past searches and placements for American University

  • Assistant Vice President for University Programs
  • Chief Development Officer, School of Public Affairs

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