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Director of Development St. Louis, MO

Washington University in St. Louis seeks a driven, accomplished, and collaborative director of development to join the James McKelvey School of Engineering. He or she will engage an expansive network of alumni, parents, and friends to advance the school’s vision of serving society through innovations that improve the quality of life for the greater good. The Engineering school played a prominent role in Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University, which launched publicly in 2012 and concluded on June 30, 2018. The initiative raised critical funds in support of four key areas: preparing leaders for tomorrow; advancing human health; inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship; and enhancing the quality of life. Originally a $2.2 billion effort, the university raised an unprecedented total of $3.378 billion, of which the Engineering school contributed $160 million to this historic initiative.

The opportunity to join Washington University comes at a particularly unique time, in no small part due to the success of the institution’s most recent campaign, but also because of the exciting changes and advances taking place at the McKelvey School of Engineering. Now more than ever, the Engineering school plays a vital role within the university, the broader St. Louis region, and the nation. It continues to be a world player in academic rigor and research, collaborating across disciplines to address pressing challenges in medicine and health, energy and the environment, and security. With a recent historic naming gift, an inspiring strategic plan, and numerous capital projects in the works, the school has entered into a new era which builds upon the momentum and energy under Dean Aaron Bobick’s leadership, and provides new opportunities to unleash the tremendous potential of its talented students and faculty.

This position reports to the executive director of development and serves as a leader for other gift officers across the Engineering school’s alumni and development staff. He or she will work across the spectrum of gift opportunities by managing a portfolio of major gift, planned giving, and annual fund donors and prospects, primarily in the key markets of St. Louis and Washington, D.C. The director of development will supervise a team of two to three frontline fundraisers and administrative staff, as assigned by the executive director, and provide meaningful mentorship, guidance, and regular feedback to direct reports. In addition to partnering closely with the executive director to provide direction for the school’s fundraising efforts, the director of development will collaborate closely with his or her development colleagues across the university, as well as with academic and administrative leaders across the Engineering school.  

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Nicole Poe, Michael Mozzicato, and Amelia Ariel.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in its employment and personnel practices. The university practices affirmative action by taking assertive steps to recruit, hire, and promote minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. 


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