Director of Development
Working Title: Director of Development
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: University Advancement
Posting Date: 11-07-2018
In preparation for the launch of the $5B Honor the Future campaign, the University of Virginia seeks an experienced fundraising professional to fill the role of Director of Development for the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, the Commonwealth's flagship public service organization since 1931.
The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service strengthens and preserves effective governance by linking the research and resources of the University of Virginia to contemporary challenges for public leaders, especially those found in local, state, and national policy. The Cooper Center builds capacity in organizations and individual leaders in both the public and private sectors while informing policy and programs through the expertise of more than forty faculty and staff working in Economic and Policy Studies, Survey Research, Demographics, the Senior Executive Institute, the LEAD Program, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, the Constitutional Officer Education Program, and the Virginia Institute of Government. Led by a dynamic new Executive Director committed to innovation, outcomes, and partnerships, the Weldon Cooper Center serves a unique and important role in policy, governance, and communities.
The Director of Development, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service ("Director of Development"), is a frontline fundraiser who will generate philanthropic support for the Center's highest priorities, by promoting its individual departments. The incumbent will join the organization at a pivotal time, having the opportunity to advance the Center's mission and strategic direction, and communicate that mission to those dedicated to good policy, effective governance, and strengthening communities. Within the Center's organization, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is unique in having an established alumni, donor base and external board of directors, and operates under the imperative to raise sufficient funds to operate their five programs for political leaders, from high school leaders to elected officials. Initial work will require attention to maintaining and advancing Sorensen's performance in fundraising.
The Director of Development will:
-Build and manage a portfolio of current and prospective major-gift level donors ($100K+) and move them towards giving levels that achieve the Center's annual and long-range fundraising goals.
-Create personalized strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals within his/her portfolio for the Center's top initiatives.
-Work with Center and University leadership, faculty, staff, and volunteers to engage prospects and implement solicitation plans for the Center.
-Staff, advise and brief the Center's Executive Director and University's Assistant Vice President for Development as necessary on development visits and major solicitations.
-Oversee the strategy and execution of development-focused events and meetings that further the Center's fundraising goals.
To apply, visit [email protected] and search for Posting 0624458. For questions regarding this position, please contact Chris Cunningham at [email protected]
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
High degree of initiative, flexibility and the skills to shape and be shaped by an evolving fundraising initiative.
Exceptional communication skills
A high degree of personal integrity
The ability to keep the big picture in focus while attending to the small details.
Ability to frequently travel domestically with some evening and weekend work.
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