Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 09/16/2019

Mary Baldwin University

Staunton, VA

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Mary Baldwin University in the search for a Director of Annual Giving.

A key member of the University Advancement leadership team and reporting to the Associate Vice President of University Advancement, the Director of Annual Giving will develop and execute a plan for raising annual philanthropic gifts in support of the university’s mission.  Under the leadership of a dynamic new Vice President of University Advancement, the Director of Annual Giving will be a critical member of the leadership of a new team of professionals being recruited to serve the university.

With the strategic shift to become coeducational in 2017, the successful launch of graduate level degree programs in the Health Sciences in 2014, and a growing cadre of adult, online degree graduates, there is much opportunity to develop new channels for engaging Mary Baldwin University’s diverse alumni stakeholder groups. The Director of Annual Giving will serve as the university’s chief strategist in the development of meaningful advancement outreach to these audiences. The institution is committed to investing in the advancement function and has recently commissioned an Advancement assessment by consulting firm Graham Pelton which will provide a rich body of information from which to begin planning.

Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin University is a small, coeducational university offering a range of degree programs from bachelor to doctoral. It serves a growing student population on its main campus in Staunton, Virginia; at its nearby health sciences campus in Augusta County; and online. Two hours from the nation’s capital, located on the western edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the picturesque and historic Shenandoah Valley, the university’s main campus is on 58 hilltop acres and opens onto downtown Staunton, regularly named one of the best small towns in America.

Mary Baldwin University has been named a Best Regional University in the South by U.S. News & World Report for 2019. This year, Mary Baldwin earned recognitions as Best Colleges for Veterans, Regional Universities South (21st); Best Value Schools, Regional Universities South (7th); and Best Ethnic Diversity, Regional Universities South. Mary Baldwin also earned a place on the Best Regional College 2019 list by The Princeton Review.

This is a pivotal and exciting time in the institution’s distinguished 177-year history. A radical belief in student potential and in the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences has guided Mary Baldwin University since its founding. Mary Baldwin’s history began with what was then a revolutionary idea: that women, like men, should be well educated. A generation later, namesake Mary Julia Baldwin took the reins during the Civil War; afterward her cutting-edge innovations made the institution thrive. In 2016, the institution became Mary Baldwin University to reflect its growing range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, and in 2017 the university welcomed its first residential men students to campus. Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit, the university has repeatedly introduced new methods and programs at the forward edge of educational trends and societal needs. Emphasizing global leadership and citizenship, Mary Baldwin University is noted for high academic standards, strong leadership development programs, a diverse student body, and innovative programs including the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. At least five years of progressive experience in building annual fund programs is preferred as is an advanced degree. Competency with Raiser’s Edge database system is desired. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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