Director of Major Gifts

Charlottesville, VA
Oct 03, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Director of Major Gifts

Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff

Department: University Advancement

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 11-06-2017

Posting Summary:
In preparation for the upcoming campaign, the University of Virginia seeks to hire a successful fundraising professional to fill the role of Director of Major Gifts.

The Director of Major Gifts is a front-line fundraiser and is part of an experienced fundraising team that generates philanthropic support for 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 Director of Major Gifts 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.

The Director of Major Gifts will create personalized strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals within his/her portfolio to raise philanthropic support for the University.

The successful candidate will have at least five years of demonstrated success in fundraising. He/she will collaborate with other fundraisers in the department and across the University in overall relationship building of alumni, parents and friends to ensure a coordinated approach for prospects and donors and to develop and implement cultivation and solicitation plans.

The successful candidate will possess a high degree of initiative, flexibility 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 keep the big picture in focus while attending to the small details; experience using data to evaluate and plan is essential. Able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

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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