Director of Development, Engineering

Posted on 05/05/2021

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science seeks an experienced and accomplished Director of Development. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Director of Development will play a leadership role on 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. 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 Director of Development will:

  • Work with alumni, corporations, foundations, and other key constituent prospects to solicit and secure 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Eight years of relevant experience

  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, sales or managing relationships with high-net worth individuals

  • Ability to frequently travel domestically with occasional evening and weekend work

  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree

  • Prior experience in non-profit or higher education fundraising and staffing senior leaders and volunteers

  • Track record of demonstrating a high degree of initiative, flexibility and will have the skills to shape and be shaped by an evolving fundraising initiative

  • A high degree of personal integrity and ability to keep the big picture in focus while attending to the small details

  • Experience using data to evaluate and plan

  • Superb oral and written communication skills

  • Experience mentoring junior professionals to be successful in a matrix organization

  • Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience in a leadership role in advancement, administration, and/or higher education.

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 April 19, 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 “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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