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Virginia Tech's Office of Advancement is seeking to fill multiple Associate Director of Major Gifts positions. The Associate Director of Major Gifts will solicit philanthropic gifts from alumni, parents, and friends, which align with overall University, Program and College strategic priorities. This highly motivated professional will be involved with the planning and implementation of major gift fundraising efforts in support of current operations, endowment, capital, and other priorities from private sources. He/She will fulfill the duties under the direction of the Director of Development, Assistant Dean for Advancement, or Chief Advancement Officer for each respective area in close cooperation with overall leadership of the University's central Advancement Office.
The Associate Director of Major Gifts will:
- Assist with fundraising activities for Colleges and University Programs within designated time frames.
- Travel, on average, five to eight days per month to cultivate, solicit, steward and identify prospects.
- Have a portfolio of between 100 – 125 prospects.
- Have typical solicitation ranges of $100,000 to $1,000,000.
- Close $1,000,000 per year using a three-year rolling average.
- Close on average 10 – 13 gifts per fiscal year.
- Develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies which include building, managing and soliciting a portfolio of major gift prospects.
- Establish strong working relationships with other central Advancement, collegiate and constituent Development Officers and staff to foster a productive work environment.
The search is being conducted to fill multiple fundraising positions.
We have current openings in the following areas: - Associate Director of Major Gifts for College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences (reporting to the Assistant Dean for Advancement for College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences) - Associate Director of Major Gifts for Pamplin College of Business (reporting to the Director of Development for the Pamplin College of Business)
Please specify your preference for particular openings in your cover letter.
Please review the advertisement for additional positions that may be added during the advertisement period.
- Bachelor's degree and significant experience, or a Master's degree.
- Demonstrated experience in fundraising, sales/marketing, advertising, public relations, communications or a related field.
- Willingness to travel on a frequent basis.
- Individuals should demonstrate professionalism, with strong communication skills and be capable of motivating volunteers as well as donors.
- The successful candidate will be self-motivated and have the ability to work as a team member in a complex organization.
- Demonstrated successful track record in fundraising.
- Preference given to candidates with experience in higher education fundraising.
- Preference for proven success in building productive, relationships with senior administrators, key business leaders, faculty, staff, institutional boards, volunteers, and/or donors.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).