Assistant or Associate Director of Development, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Posted on 05/05/2021

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and experienced fundraising professional to fill the role of Assistant or Associate Director of Development. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Assistant or Associate Director of Development will generate philanthropic support for UVA Engineering and join a growing, highly integrated and collaborative advancement team pursuing ambitious fundraising goals at the mid-point of the University’s multi-billion dollar Honor the Future campaign.

The Assistant or Associate Director will:

  • Work with alumni, corporations, foundations, and other key constituent prospects to solicit and secure blended six-figure and above major gifts for UVA Engineering.

  • Advance the mission, vision and short- and long-term goals of the University and UVA Engineering, including campaign priorities, using agreed upon metrics and accountability.

  • Create and execute fund raising plans that utilize best practices in major giving including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major/principal gift donors.

  • Serve as a member of the University Advancement team and collaborate with peers in prospect strategy development and prospect management.

  • Assist UVA Engineering leadership and the Executive Director in developing program funding priorities and cases for support.

  • Serve as team lead for one or more departments in UVA Engineering and staff School leadership through regular communication, collaboration and strategy development.

  • Travel nationally to establish long-term partnerships, create outstanding constituent experiences and strengthen existing relationships to fund immediate and long-term goals of the School and University.

This job will be filled at either the Assistant or the Associate level depending on the successful candidate’s experience, knowledge and competencies.  The ideal candidate for the Assistant Director will have at least three years of previous fundraising experience.  The ideal candidates for the Associate Director will have five or more years of higher education fundraising experience with a track record of closing six and seven-figure gifts.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of previous fundraising experience.

  • Ability to effectively articulate the University’s educational mission, strategic aims and fundraising programs; strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated success with closing major gifts ($100K+).

  • Experience working in a significant fundraising campaign or capital campaign and meeting desired goals.

  • Experience managing high-level relationships.

  • Ability to use a database to maintain and review records and reports such as donor data, prospect contacts, solicitations and proposals; ability to solicit and close gifts of $100,000 and more.

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a fundraising team.

  • Ability to travel frequently.

  • Valid driver’s license.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, University Advancement honors your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, we strive to create and maintain working environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming so we can best achieve our mission of supporting our broadly diverse partners, schools and networks of engaged alumni, parents and friends of the University.

UVA Advancement offers a flexible and hybrid workplace. All team members must have access to and maintain a secure home office environment with high-speed internet service and work collaboratively with others using a variety of technologies and tools. Depending on the type of position and work performed, or as deemed by manager, some positions may be required to work intermittently in a shared office space located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This position will remain open until filled.  Review of Applicants will begin on May 3, 2021.  This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.  For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at [email protected].

Please apply through Workday, and search for “Assistant/Associate Director of Development.” Complete an application online and attach a CV/resume and cover letter that clearly relates your experience to the responsibilities and requirements outlined in the position specification and describe your vision for making UVA Engineering a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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