Assistant Director of Advancement - Major Gifts
Working Title: Assistant Director of Advancement - Major Gifts
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: Dean's Office, School of Eng and Applied Science
Posting Date: 04-12-2018
The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science seeks an experienced and accomplished Development Officer for Major Gifts. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Advancement or Chief Principal Gift Officer, and reporting to the Department Chairs of Chemical Engineering and of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Development Officer will play a leadership role on a growing, highly-integrated, and collaborative advancement team pursuing ambitious fundraising goals leading into the University's multi-billion dollar Third Century 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 Development Officer will contribute to UVA and the School of Engineering by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and prospects, corporations, and private foundations, the incumbent will be actively engaged in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships to fund immediate and long-term goals of both the School and the University. The Development Officer will work with the UVA Engineering Advancement team to develop a strategic plan and performance metrics that align with the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UVA School of Engineering and University Advancement.
The successful candidate will provide expertise to advance the School and University's mission by researching and identifying sources of support, collaborating regularly and effectively with faculty and staff, proactively seeking opportunities to connect and engage with donors and prospects, and by maintaining fluid lines of communication between the Office of Advancement and all Engineering School and Advancement constituents.
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree and at least five years of development, communications, marketing and/or corporate and foundation-related experience. Preference will be given to candidates with portfolio management experience, particularly at a college or university.
The ideal candidate will be a person of impeccable integrity, with an impressive track record of achieving sustained growth in a university, non-profit organization, or other relevant sector. The incumbent will bring a full complement of deep knowledge and skills to the position, including excellent oral and written communication skills and a proven ability to articulate specific information in areas of subject matter expertise.
To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search Posting Number 0623047. Complete a staff application, and attach a cover letter stating your interest in the position, a CV or resume, and a list of three references. Please also submit work samples or communications portfolios demonstrating your experience with writing, especially collateral and/or digital communications pieces.
For additional information about the application process, please contact Anne Lesko at [email protected]
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:
Ability to effective articulate the School's educational and research mission, strategic aims, and fundraising programs.
Superb oral and written communication skills.
Effectively identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects.
Ability to quickly learn and efficient utilize a database to research potential donors, enter contact reports, maintain prospect tracking system.
Ability to integrate engagement and communications initiatives with major gift programs.
Work collaboratively with advancement staff in the School and across the University.
Establish and maintain close and productive relations with School and Departmental leadership, faculty, and staff.
Engage alumni and friends in volunteer opportunities and participation.
Ability to maintain a heavy travel schedule.
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