Assistant or Associate Director, Student Philanthropy

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-22
Req: R0023838

The University of Virginia Office of Engagement seeks an Assistant or Associate Director of Student Philanthropy to join the University Annual Giving team. The Assistant/Associate Director will develop and execute an omnichannel (e-mail, phone, social, text, video) strategy for UVA students to engage alumni, parents, and friends philanthropically.

The Assistant or Associate Director, Student Philanthropy manages this engagement by 50+ students at UVA (Cavalier Connect,) working closely with Advancement leadership across Grounds to identify and maintain effective data-based solicitation strategies for their programs. Having an entrepreneurial professional empower our student fundraisers and leaders is critical to UVA's pipeline development.

The Assistant or Associate Director develops performance measures and reports weekly/monthly results to UVA partners and University Annual Giving and manages the Cavalier Connect budget. The successful candidate works closely with student leaders, coaching them on developing and implementing consistent processes to ensure goals are met. This schedule is mutually agreed upon by the incumbent and manager, with expectations of being on-site for the weekday calling hours. The student fundraisers solicit on Sunday afternoons and weekday evenings, Monday-Thursday. The Assistant/Associate Director may have occasional weekend work. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated manager interested in developing UVA students into 21st-century advancement professionals while expanding the University of Virginia's philanthropic pipeline.


  • Develop effective relationships with Cavalier Connect partners across Grounds, guiding effective student engagement strategies, and maintaining regular, proactive communication to partners

  • Update Cavalier Connect partners and Director, University Annual Giving on progress towards goals

  • Work with Analytics team on specifications for prospect pools and analysis of opportunities and progress.

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of Cavalier Connect software and hardware, working with internal partners and external vendors to ensure the system's proper functioning and equipment.

  • Manage Cavalier Connect communications vehicles (website, e-mail, text, etc.,) ensuring compatibility with UVA brand guidelines

  • Recruit, hire, and train student leaders to maintain optimal staffing levels, fundraiser teams, and provide student fundraiser training, maintaining recruiting and hiring practices in keeping with policies and procedures approved by Human Resources.

  • Evaluate student leaders and oversee Student Fundraiser evaluations.

  • Maintain daily/weekly staffing levels, monitor results, and make required adjustments in strategy to meet goals

  • Oversee training that establishes clear expectations of student fundraisers, provides an Advancement Community orientation, and an opportunity to practice skills required to solicit funds.

  • Manage Cavalier Connect budget

  • Build awareness of current topics at UVA to strengthen engagement

  • Benchmark student philanthropy strategies at other institutions

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • To be considered at the Assistant level a bachelor's degree and three years of experience is required. One year of experience in one or more of the following: fundraising, alumni relations, non-profit, or sales/marketing is required. Experiences as a student, intern, or volunteer may qualify.

  • To be considered at the Associate level a bachelor's degree and three years of experience in one or more of the following: fundraising, alumni relations, non-profit, or sales/marketing is required.

  • Demonstrated managerial skills and flexibility

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with diverse constituents

  • Availability to work a flexible schedule

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with students, advancement, or managing managers

  • Demonstrated ability to manage partner relationships.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit with demonstrated success in building new ways of engagement

  • Knowledge of the principles of philanthropy, higher education, and relationship management

  • Experience with changes in organizational behavior and the implementation of new structures.

  • Working knowledge of database management, engagement software (ex. CampusCall, EverTrue, SignalVine)

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. Because of the close working relationship with UVA students who work in the University Advancement office, the Assistant/Associate Director is also required to work primarily in the shared office space located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This position will remain open until filled. Review of Applicants will begin after May 10, 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. Anticipated Hiring Range: $47,000 - $63,000 commensurate with education and experience. 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 "Assistant or Associate Director, Student Philanthropy.” 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: 4/24/2021
Application Due: 7/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time