Posting Summary: The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science seeks an experienced and accomplished Senior Director of Development- Major Gifts. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Advancement, with strong collaborations with School's senior leadership, including Department Chairs, the Senior Director will play a leadership role on a growing, highly integrated, and collaborative advancement team pursuing ambitious fundraising goals leading into the University's multi-billion dollar Third Century Campaign. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional to make a valuable contribution in support of the academic and research missions of UVA Engineering.
The Senior Director will contribute to UVA and the School of Engineering by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and prospects, corporations, and private foundations, the incumbent will be actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships to fund immediate and long-term goals of both the School and the University. The Senior Director will work with the UVA Engineering Advancement team to develop a strategic plan and performance metrics that align with the Departments, UVA School of Engineering and University Advancement.
The successful applicant will provide expertise to advance the School and University's mission by researching and identifying sources of support, collaborating regularly and effectively with faculty and staff, proactively seeking opportunities to connect and engage with donors and prospects, and by maintaining fluid lines of communication between the Office of Advancement and all Engineering School and Advancement constituents.
A Bachelor's degree is required, and a Master's degree is preferred. At least nine years of development, communications, marketing and/or corporate and foundation-related experience is required. The ability to lead, train, and functionally supervise a team, and mentor junior professionals to be successful in a matrix organization is essential, as is the ability to establish achievable and challenging fundraising goals for a team. The incumbent must be able to effectively articulate the School's educational and research mission, strategic aims, and fundraising programs, and possess superb oral and written communication skills. The Senior Director must be able to effectively identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects. The ability to integrate engagement and communications initiatives with major gift programs is essential. The ability to engage alumni and friends in volunteer opportunities and participation is imperative. The ability to quickly learn and efficiently use a database to research potential donors, enter contact reports, maintain prospect tracking system is required. Interested applicants must have the flexibility to maintain a heavy travel schedule. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in fundraising at the annual fund, leadership, or major gift level. Experience with portfolio management, particularly at a college or University is preferred.
To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search Posting Number 0623570. Complete a staff application, and attach a cover letter, a CV or resume, and a list of three references. Please also submit work samples or communications portfolios demonstrating your experience with writing, especially collateral and/or digital communications pieces.
For additional information about the position or the application process, please contact Rhiannon O'Coin at email@example.com.
The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Preferred
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: Master's Degree
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Extensive - 7 years plus
Required Specific Experience: At least nine years of development, communications, marketing and/or corporate and foundation-related experience.
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Preferred Specific Experience: Experience in fundraising at the annual fund, leadership, or major gift level.
Preference will be given to candidates with portfolio management experience, particularly at a college or university.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to lead, train, and functionally supervise a team, and mentor junior professionals to be successful in a matrix organization.
Ability to establish achievable and challenging fundraising goals for a team.
Ability to effective articulate the School's educational and research mission, strategic aims, and fundraising programs, and superb oral and written communication skills.
Effectively identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects.
Ability to integrate engagement and communications initiatives with major gift programs.
Engage alumni and friends in volunteer opportunities and participation.
Ability to maintain a heavy travel schedule.
Required Computer Applications: Ability to quickly learn and efficiently use a database to research potential donors, enter contact reports, maintain prospect tracking system.
Internal Number: 353_84949
About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.