Director of Development and Congregational Stewardship, Washington National Cathedral

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Washington National Cathedral in the search for a Director of Development and Congregational Stewardship.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Development will be responsible for broadening and deepening relationships that lead to philanthropic support of the Cathedral’s priority operating and capital needs. The Director of Development will identify, cultivate, and solicit leadership annual gifts and major gifts for specific projects and programs, ranging from music programs to earthquake repair. The Director also will serve as the lead on supporting the Congregation’s Stewardship Committee in planning for and executing the annual stewardship campaign. Approximately 75% of Director’s time will be spent on building personal relations with prospects and donors.

Washington National Cathedral is first and foremost a house of worship. It has welcomed some of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders to its pulpit. Its sacred Anglican choral tradition and organ music are known for both excellence and transcendent beauty. As the sixth largest cathedral in the world, with stunningly beautiful architecture, stained glass windows, and surrounding gardens, it provides a deeply spiritual experience for all who enter. Those who visit for the first time and those whose daily lives revolve around the Cathedral know it to be a sacred space.

The Washington National Cathedral also occupies a unique place in the Episcopal Church and in the nation. Often referred to in its history as a “great church for national purposes” and “a national house of prayer for all people,” the Cathedral’s ministry is a unique mix of local and national mission priorities. The Cathedral conducts services of high national visibility including the Inaugural Prayer Services for both Presidents Trump and Obama, the funerals of Presidents Reagan and Ford, and the installations of Presiding Bishops. It also has a vibrant local ministry that includes an active worshiping community, three affiliated schools on the Cathedral Close, and engagement in diocesan and civic life. In addition, the Cathedral is a Washington tourist attraction and pilgrimage destination with more than a half-million visitors and worshipers each year.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required for this position as is at least five years of experience with major gift fundraising or closely related experience. Knowledge of Episcopal Church traditions, customs, and hierarchy is highly desirable. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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