Associate Director of Development
Working Title: Associate Director of Development
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: University Advancement
Posting Date: 04-19-2017
The University of Virginia seeks to hire a successful fundraising professional to fill the role of Associate Director of Development. The Associate Director of Development is a front-line fundraiser and is part of an experienced fundraising team that generates philanthropic support for need-based Scholarships and other University priorities.
The University of Virginia is one of a small group of highly selective colleges/universities to support a need blind admissions process and meet 100 percent demonstrated student need. To continue to be a leader in providing talented students the resources they need to excel at the University, no matter their financial background, private philanthropy will continue to play a critical role.
The Associate Director of Development will build and manage a portfolio of current and prospective major-gift level donors ($100K+) and move them towards giving levels that achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals of the University, working in an assigned region or territory. He/she will create personalized strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals within his/her portfolio to raise philanthropic support for need-based scholarships. The Associate Director will collaborate with University leadership, faculty, and volunteers to engage prospects and to develop and implement cultivation and solicitation plans. He/she will also work with other fundraisers in the department and across the University in overall relationship building of alumni, parents and friends and to ensure a coordinated approach for prospects and donors.
The successful candidate will have at least four years of demonstrated success in fundraising, relationship management, higher education, or consultative sales including: managing and implementing development or sales strategies, and successful cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects, donors or clients. He/she will possess a high degree of initiative, an entrepreneurial spirit, and adaptability and will have the skills to shape and be shaped by an evolving fundraising initiative. The successful candidate will possess a high degree of personal integrity and have the ability to work effectively in a complex environment. This position requires the ability to frequently travel domestically with some evening and weekend work.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to develop relationships of trust and respect with faculty, volunteers, donors and colleagues.
High level of personal and professional integrity.
High degree of personal initiative and an ability to work effectively with little supervision.
Adaptable, agile and versatile, ability to accept diverse world view, value, politics and lifestyles exhibited by prospective donors and colleagues.
Ability to combine individual accountability with
willingness to collaborate and be a good team player.
Seeks to understand others' priorities and points of view to create mutually beneficial outcomes.
Ability to solve problems, adapt to changing context and navigate ambiguity.
Excellent verbal and written communication with attention to detail.
Skilled in active listening.
Ability to work effectively in a complex environment.
Ability to frequently travel domestically with overnight stays; and able to work some weekends and evenings.
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