Director of Annual Giving and Strategic Initiatives

Charlottesville, VA
Aug 26, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Director of Annual Giving and Strategic Initiatives

Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff

Department: Dean's Office, School of Eng and Applied Science

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 08-25-2017

Posting Summary:
The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia seeks a seasoned and accomplished Director of Annual Giving for the Office of Development. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Advancement, the Director of Annual Giving will play a leadership role on a growing advancement team pursuing ambitious goals for development for the School, and for the University's Comprehensive Campaign. This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced professional to revitalize and grow an annual giving program directed at a large, diverse, and highly successful alumni population from one of the finest universities in the world.

This Director will provide leadership and direction to Annual Giving program, engaging and soliciting alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations and faculty/staff. Works with the Engineering Advancement team to determine duties and project assignments and deadlines. Coordinate Annual giving, marketing, cultivation and solicitation communications with the Engineering Communications team, University Advancement Team and Campaign related communications. The director will also oversee the leadership annual giving program (Thornton Society), provide direction, as well as prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of the program.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree and 4-7 years of development experience, marketing, client services, communications or development-related experience preferred. Supervisory experience preferred. Experience working for a non-profit, foundation, or academic institution preferred. Formal training in research and writing preferred. Editing and writing ability required. Research skills are highly desirable. Experience and knowledge of budgeting and investments.

The chosen candidate will be a person of impeccable integrity, with an impressive track record of achieving sustained growth in annual giving for a university or other non-profit organization. We also invite applications from direct response marketing professionals with experience in the for-profit sector. The incumbent will bring a full complement of deep knowledge and skills to the position, and use her/his command of direct marketing, communications, data analytics, and project management to take the annual giving program to new levels of achievement.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0621581. Complete a staff application, attach a cover letter stating your interest in the position, a CV and a list of three references.

For additional information about the application process, please contact Anne Lesko

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Understanding of development and gift-giving process is required to perform effectively. Knowledge of budgetary practices to develop annual budget, analyze financial data and patterns, and prepare financial statements. Ability to relate to and work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds, training, and experience. Ability to promote a positive image of the School and represent the School's interests before the public, media, and other schools. Ability to exercise sound judgment independently when responding to inquiries and interacting with alumni, volunteers and staff. Position requires strong planning and organizational skills. Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills. Must possess strong interpersonal skills. Proven detail orientation. Excellent proofreading skills. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and remain cognizant of deadlines and schedules. Ability to respond promptly to constituent needs; solicit constituent feedback to improve service.
Ability to delegate responsibility and authority to staff.
Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; develop alternative solutions and use sound judgment when dealing with issues. Ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; collect and research data; use intuition and experience to complement data.

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