Director of Development, University Priorities

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-03-23
Req: R0022951

The University of Virginia seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and experienced fundraising professional to fill the role of Director of Development, University Priorities. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Director of Development, University Priorities will generate philanthropic support for need-based scholarships and other fundraising priorities for the University as part of the Honor the Future campaign. With the University’s commitment to meeting 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need, fundraising for need-based scholarships is more vital than ever. The University has recently made significant investments in need-based scholarships through matching programs for the Bicentennial Scholars Fund, Blue Ridge Scholars program, and University Achievement Awards. Fundraising in support of these initiatives will broaden access to the University and is central to the goals laid out in President Ryan’s 2030 strategic vision for the University to recruit and support exceptionally talented, diverse, and service-oriented students, regardless of their economic circumstances.

Key Responsibilities:

  • 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.

  • Oversee fundraising efforts for need-based scholarships.

  • Create personalized strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals within his/her portfolio.

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan to include special events, communications, annual campaigns, and major gift strategies in support of need-based scholarships at the University.

  • When permitted, travel nationally to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects for DEI giving opportunities.

  • 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.

  • Direct and advise other University Priorities staff.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with at least eight years of relevant experience.

  • Ability to frequently travel domestically with occasional evening and weekend work.

  • Valid Driver's License.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in non-profit or higher education fundraising and staffing senior leaders and volunteers.

  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, sales or managing relationships with high-net-worth individuals.

  • Track record of demonstrating a high degree of initiative, flexibility and will have the skills to shape and be shaped by an evolving fundraising initiative.

  • Exceptional communication skills, a high degree of personal integrity and the ability to keep the big picture in focus while attending to the small details.

  • Experience using data to evaluate and plan.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, University Advancement honors your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, we strive to create and maintain working environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming so we can best achieve our mission of supporting our broadly diverse partners, schools, and networks of engaged alumni, parents, and friends of the University.

UVA Advancement offers a flexible and hybrid workplace . All team members must have access to and maintain a secure home office environment with high-speed internet service and work collaboratively with others using a variety of technologies and tools. Depending on the type of position and work performed, or as deemed by manager, some positions may be required to work intermittently in a shared office space located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This position will remain open until filled. Review of Applicants will begin on April 6, 2021. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at

Please apply through Workday, and search for "Director of Development, University Priorities". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter and CV/resume all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 3/26/2021
Application Due: 5/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time