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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • Salary: $94,100 - $125,000
  • Organization Type: Education

Washington University in St. Louis

Position Summary
The Senior Director of Gift Officer Development will report to the Executive Director for Strategy and Operations. This role is responsible for gift officer success by designing, delivering, and overseeing a learning and development program for the fundraising team.

The work will include collaborating with several teams in UA and partnering with the Executive Director for Strategy and Operations to identify training needs based on skill gap analysis, develop, and build courses, and create individual learning plans for development officers.

The Senior Director will create and foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork that celebrates outcomes, builds individual and team capacity, and ensures that WashU University Advancement is a preferred workplace.

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver a gift officer training program in partnership with Advancement Learning and the Executive Director for Strategy and Operations; this will include management of Plus Delta cohorts and tracking of all required sessions and completion rates.
  • Access gift officer learning and development needs. Provide coaching to gift officers when needed in partnership with managers.
  • Develop individual learning plans for gift officers.
  • Ensure all new gift officers are onboarded through the Gift Officer Academy program.
  • Manage feedback and continuous improvement of internal training programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree.
  • Experience working in advancement in a university setting.
  • Experience organizing training and designing curriculum.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to set and meet personal and team deadlines with the flexibility to manage competing and changing priorities.
  • Confident and collaborative, with strong communication and interpersonal skills, and must have the capacity to develop productive relationships at all levels, establish trust, and provide thoughtful counsel.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and accuracy.
  • Ability to analyze, condense, and synthesize information provide accurate analysis and summaries.
  • Active manager and coach who can challenge a team to improve.
  • High standards of performance and great attention to detail.
    Solid computer skills, including Microsoft Office and familiarity with databases.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Ten years of fundraising experience.
  • Five years of supervisory experience.
  • Four years of experience delivering training, designing curriculum or coaching fundraising staff.

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Salary Range
The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

For frequently asked questions about the application process, please refer to our External Applicant FAQ.

If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please email or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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