Vice President of Development

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jun 05

Position description

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks a visionary Vice President of Development (VP) to strategically advance significant, sustainable growth in the Center’s unrestricted revenues, supporting the Wilson Center’s mission to be the leading institution for in-depth research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas on global issues.  

The Organization

Chartered by Congress in 1968, the Woodrow Wilson Center is “a living memorial”, building a bridge between the worlds of academia and public policy to inform and develop solutions to the nation’s problems and challenges. Through public meetings and events, broadcast and social media, publications in print and online, and a wide range of outreach activities, the Wilson Center is engaged in the global dialogue of ideas. 

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Center is governed by a 17-member, presidentially appointed Board of Trustees. The Center’s FY2018 total budget is $27M, including $4.5M in unrestricted contributions raised by a Development Team of 6. For additional information, please visit the Center’s website at

The Position

Reporting to the COO and working closely with Board and Executive leadership, the VP is responsible for growing and sustaining the Center’s funding, building innovative philanthropic strategies, and evaluating and reporting on the department’s progress.

The primary priorities for the VP include:

  • Innovate and develop new, cutting-edge philanthropic models that articulate the Center’s value proposition, leverage the Center’s relationships and technology to support our mission, and sustainably grow unrestricted revenues.
  • Cultivate, steward, and grow relationships with internal stakeholders as well as grantmakers, major donors, and other key constituencies.
  • Collaborate across the senior leadership team to strengthen the Center’s philanthropic models, including growing the base from $4.5M to $6M+.
  • Engage and supervise a fundraising team of five to successfully meet goals and objectives.


Ideal candidates for this position will share our commitment to be the leading non-partisan global think tank. Essential experiences and attributes include:

  • Passion for the work advanced through the Center
  • Proven track record of advancing innovative fundraising strategies, raising significant unrestricted revenues ($10M+)
  • Masterful communicator, exceptional writer, and excellent listener
  • Exceptional relationship builder; skilled at managing up, across, and down. 
  • Team player with a “can do” attitude, a good sense of humor and professionalism in a fast-paced environment
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, CFRE preferred plus

Application instructions

To apply, please email cover letter detailing your fit with the criteria listed above, resume, and salary expectations. 

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