Assistant Director of Development

Job description

Working Title: Assistant Director of Development

Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff

Department: Office of Senior VP for University Advancement

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Summary:
The Assistant Director of Development is a frontline fundraiser and is part of a fundraising team that generates philanthropic support for University priorities with an emphasis on fundraising to restore and renovate the Jeffersonian Grounds. The Jeffersonian Grounds are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and include the Rotunda, Lawn, Ranges, Gardens and other historic features of the Academical Village originally designed by Thomas Jefferson. The Grounds are one of the distinguishing features of the University of Virginia and are materially associated with Jefferson's democratic and educational ideals.

The Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative (JGI) is one of the University's top fundraising priorities and includes restoring, repairing and renovating the buildings of the Academical Village; preserving and caring for the historic Gardens; and building an endowment for the long-term stewardship and interpretation of the Jeffersonian Grounds.

The Assistant Director 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. They will create personalized strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals within their portfolio and assigned regional territory.

The Assistant Director will also work with University leadership including the Architect of the University, senior academic leadership, and volunteers to engage prospects and to develop and implement cultivation and solicitation plans.

The successful candidate will have at least four years of fundraising or comparable experience including successful cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors. They will be a self-starter with excellent time-management skills; have an ability to articulate philanthropic priorities; demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity; be adept in building and maintaining both internal and external relationships; have exceptionally strong demonstrated communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to the candidate with fundraising and volunteer management experience in an institution of higher education.

This position requires the ability to travel with frequent night and some weekend work.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0623650. Complete an application online, attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

For questions about this position or the application process please contact Chris Cunningham at [email protected]

The University of Virginia values diversity in all of its complexity and richness. We are Equal Opportunity. Affirmative Action.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated experience in fundraising relationship management or consultative sales.

Managing and implementing development or sales strategies.

Successful cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects, donors or clients.

Ability to develop relationships of trust and respect with donors, volunteers and colleagues.

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 develop relationships of trust and respect with donors, volunteers and colleagues.

Ability to frequently travel domestically with overnight stays; and able to work some weekends and evenings.

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Posted: 9/13/2018
Application Due: 10/11/2018
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