Associate Director, Donor Relations
Working Title: Associate Director, Donor Relations
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: University Advancement
Posting Date: 08-21-2017
The University of Virginia seeks an Associate Director, Donor Relations, to join its team within University Advancement. The Associate Director, in partnership with the Director, Donor Relations, will create, develop, and implement a best-in-class stewardship program focusing on the following areas: annual endowment reporting, scholarship reporting and programming, pan-University giving societies, gift acknowledgments, and principal gift stewardship and recognition. The Associate Director will report to the Director, Donor Relations and have four direct reports.
The incumbent must have a minimum of five years' donor relations experience and a minimum of two years' experience managing and developing staff. S/he will have experience in developing and managing multi-phase projects from inception to roll-out, and experience gaining buy in from internal stakeholders. S/he will have exceptional communication skills--both verbal and written; copyediting and proofreading experience is a plus. Candidates with experience in higher education or other large, complex non-profit institutions, are preferred.
The ideal candidate will be organized, focused, detail and goal oriented, with a high level of energy, drive, and initiative. S/he will have excellent customer service skills dealing with internal and external constituents, as well as exceptional social skills and high emotional intelligence to best communicate with a wide-range of audiences, constituents, and benefactors.
This is an exciting time to join the University of Virginia's Advancement team! The University will celebrate the first of two milestones of its Bicentennial in October 2017, and is currently planning for its next capital campaign with a public launch scheduled for 2019.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrate knowledge of the fundraising process and donor relations.
Keen attention to detail and ability to coordinate all aspects of stewardship projects and programs from conception through implementation and evaluation.
Ability to evaluate and track expenditures and reconcile budgets.
Ability to interact with executive level administrators, government officials, donors/prospects, alumni and development staff, with an understanding of protocol, political environment and implications, and confidentiality.
Ability to think creatively and strategically about revising existing programs and developing new ways of stewarding donors and their gifts to the University.
Advanced ability to navigate University databases and systems.
Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication in daily interactions. Proven ability to clearly articulate specific information in areas of subject matter expertise and achieve cooperation. Proven ability to advise other professionals on policy and procedures.
Ability to lead, train and functionally supervise a team, and mentor junior professionals to be successful in a matrix organization.
Ability to effectively articulate the University's educational mission, strategic aims, and programs.
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