President and CEO

National Defense University Foundation

Posted: 6/27/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Education

City: Washington

Postal code: 20001

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

The National Defense University Foundation’s mission is to enhance the reputation of, and provide significant financial support to, the National Defense University.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The National Defense University Foundation is currently seeking a seasoned President & Chief
Executive Officer (P/CEO) who is an experienced fundraiser.  Reporting to the Board of Directors,
P/CEO must be a visionary leader who will lead the Foundations' fundraising efforts and grow the
Foundation's strategic position as a key partner to NDU.  The P/CEO must be an effective leader who
will take operational responsibility for the Foundation's employees, programs, procedures &
processes, expansion, and execution of its mission.  Specifically, the P/CEO will ensure that the
Foundation's  fiscal operations, donor (investor) development  and stewardship, brand positioning
and marketing, fundraising events, human resources, technology and data operations, and programs
are strategically planned and aligned as well as effectively implemented  across all segments of
the organization. The P/CEO must be the leading ambassador to  all key NDUF stakeholders, be
passionate about NDUF's mission and communicate NDUF's importance as a key strategic and financial
partner to NDU.  The position will be based out of the NDUF offices full­ time with
Foundation-related travel as needed.


•     Minimum of  a BA; Master's degree or related advanced degree preferred
•     15 plus years of overall professional  leadership experience
•     Proven track record of successful fundraising initiatives including from private sources,
foundations, and government; ability to connect with high net-worth individuals and develop
sustained relationships
•     Knowledge of the military and national security apparatus, protocol applicable in military
and diplomatic environments beneficial
•     Prior nonprofit management experience ideal
•     Previous experience as a flag/general officer, senior-level government, or C-suite executive
beneficial but  not required
•     Effective board development, marketing/branding and fiscal management  experience
•     A financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities,
delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytic, organization and
problem-solving skills that support and enable sound decision-making
•     Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with
a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to  achieve consensus
amongst differing opinions
•     Outstanding presentation and communication  skills and the  experience and proclivity to be
an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser
•     A creative thinker with intellectual curiosity, able to develop and implement strategic
plans, harnessing the  skills and creativity of the staff and board
•     Strong commitment to  the professional  development  of staff; successful track record of
recruiting and retaining a diverse team
•     Ability  to  travel  as necessary  to  visit  funders  /  strategic  partners  and  to 
attend  key events, conferences and meetings


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

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Posted By: DRG


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