Director of Principal Gifts

University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia
Oct 18, 2019
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Research & Development
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



Richmond, Virginia


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with University of Richmond in the search for a Director of Principal Gifts.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Advancement and Strategic Priorities, the inaugural Director of Principal Gifts will work collaboratively with Advancement leadership to build the University of Richmond’s newly-created principal gifts program. The Director will serve as one of the program’s fundraisers, and will provide leadership for an active portfolio of individuals capable of making gifts of at least $2.5 million to the institution. The Director will guide the development of cultivation and solicitation strategies for this select group of high-capacity donors and prospects, including those assigned to fundraising colleagues, while seeking the alignment of donor interests and university aspirations. The Director will also coordinate the activities of the principal gifts leadership team, including the Vice President and Assistant Vice President, as well as prospect research, donor relations, and collaborating partners across the institution to support and advance program goals and secure transformational gift revenue for the university.

Located minutes from the vibrant capital city of Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond is a premier, private liberal arts institution that blends the intimacy of a small college with academic, research, and cultural opportunities typically found at larger universities. A comprehensive School of Arts and Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally recognized liberal arts university. Nationally ranked business and law schools, the nation’s first school of leadership studies, a celebrated international education program, and a community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies provide a combination of undergraduate and graduate programs that distinguish the University of Richmond in American higher education.

The power of a University of Richmond education comes in the countless endeavors that go beyond the expected, that heighten every aspect of its students’ educational experience. Industry-leading financial aid ensures that talented students of all backgrounds can come together to form a transformative educational environment. Richmond guarantees every student up to $4,000 for a summer research or internship experience.

In 2018, Richmond tied for first in the bachelor’s institutions category of universities producing the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars. U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2020 guide ranked Richmond #23 overall and #24 for “Best Value” among national liberal arts colleges. Richmond also was named to the “Most Innovative Schools” list and ranked #10 among national liberal arts colleges. The Princeton Review recognized Richmond as #2 for “Best Career Services” in the 2020 edition of its college guide and Richmond has again been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the 400 Best College Values for 2019.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position. At least six years of major gift experience with a solid track record of soliciting complex 7- and 8-figure gifts in an educational institution is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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