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Director of Development, Community Hospitals & UVA Community Health Foundation, Executive Director

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The University of Virginia seeks a dynamic and collaborative fundraising professional and leader to serve jointly as Director of Development, Community Hospitals and Executive Director, UVA Community Health Foundation for UVA Health Development. This is a remarkable opportunity to contribute to a best-in-class fundraising program as it works towards highly ambitious goals as part of the University of Virginia’s $5 billion Honor the Future Campaign. Under the leadership of Dr. K. Craig Kent, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer for UVA Health, UVA Health Development teams are on track to raise $1 billion in support for medical education, research, and clinical care.

As of July 1, 2021, UVA Health has acquired full ownership of three hospitals: UVA Prince William Medical Center, UVA Haymarket Medical Center, and UVA Culpeper Medical Center, as well as UVA Community Health Medical Group and UVA Cancer Center in Gainesville. The Director of Development is charged with creating a sustainable and successful fund raising program for these community hospitals. The Director is the lead fundraiser and will build a team prioritizing community, foundation and corporate support for UVA Community Health.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for UVA Health Development, and working closely with UVA Community Health leaders, the Director has a unique opportunity to develop an integrated three-hospital program that is aligned with UVA Health and focuses on building a culture of community philanthropy with an emphasis on building a donor pipeline. The Director is responsible for setting annual fundraising goals, envisioning and overseeing the strategy and tactics to achieve them, and being accountable for development outcomes by documenting and reporting on individual and team metrics. The Director position is currently supported by two administrative positions and will be able to further expand the team. In addition, the needs of the team are bolstered by donor relations and operations support from the greater UVA Health Development team.

The Director is a part of the UVA Health Development team and AVP Cabinet where expertise and knowledge is shared around campaign strategy. The Director in their joint role as Executive Director of the Foundation is responsible for managing the UVA Community Health Foundation board, a volunteer group dedicated to fundraising, by staffing the board chair and UVA Community Health leadership and collaborating on strategy and direction.

Because the Director will serve the community hospital needs of Culpeper, Haymarket and Prince William, this individual can choose their home community with the knowledge that these hospitals are within 45 miles of each other.

UVA Health is a world-class academic medical center and health system with a Level 1 trauma center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and UVA Health Children’s. In addition, we have an integrated network of primary and specialty care clinics throughout Charlottesville, Culpeper, Northern Virginia, and beyond. Through teaching and research, we continue to advance medicine and innovate excellence while providing high-quality care.

Key Responsibilities


  • Work closely with UVA Community Health and UVA Health Development leadership to craft vision and direction for fundraising program.
  • Hire, develop, deploy, and manage fundraising team through effective recruitment, motivation, mentorship, and staff development.
  • Set strategic direction for the fundraising team, leading them in discipline, accountability and pipeline development and ensure team members have the resources needed to be successful.
  • Work with UVA Community Health Foundation leadership to set a strategic course for the board and engage members to advocate, give, thank, and advise.


  • Build a fundraising operation, exponentially raising total commitments year over year to meet potential of markets.
  • Staff top tier prospects, volunteers, and board members.
  • Work collaboratively with University Advancement colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual and foundation prospects and donors.
  • Partner closely with UVA Community Health leadership at the Prince William, Haymarket, and Culpeper hospitals, staffing development visits, events, and travel.

Inclusive Excellence

  • Enhance community partnerships with various constituencies through inclusive community events and communications.
  • Strong commitment to and record of advancing diversity. Recruit and retain a diverse team and develop a culture in which everyone feels valued and supported.

Candidate Profile

The University seeks an energetic and charismatic leader with a strong affinity for the mission and values of UVA Health and the University of Virginia, who is able to create a strong case for giving to UVA Community Health. Preferred candidates will have previous experience fundraising within a healthcare, community foundation, nonprofit, or higher education setting. They will have demonstrated leadership skills and be able to create a stable and highly effective team by articulating clear goals and responsibilities and by providing feedback to support individual accountability. They will have specific skills necessary to interact regularly with the highest of executive level leadership within UVA Community Health.

They will demonstrate entrepreneurship and creativity in identifying prospects. A compelling candidate will have the desire to establish a foundation of excellence and will possess a proven record of meeting and exceeding goals and improving outcomes.

Professional Experience

  • At least 8 years of experience with a proven record of successful fundraising, ideally in a higher education or healthcare setting.
  • Personal track record of success in reaching and exceeding organizational goals.
  • Ability to draft persuasive and succinct major gift proposals.
  • Excellent administrative skills, including project management, organization, delegation, and prioritization.
  • Proven ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize and motivate a team to achieve goals.
  • Experience motivating and collaborating successfully with volunteers.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Executive presence.
  • Track record of managing complex organizations and multiple leaders.

Interpersonal Characteristics

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including sensitivity to work with patient population, and the ability to develop relationships of trust and respect with CEO, staff, providers, volunteers, and donors.
  • The Director will contribute to an environment that encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion. They must have command of cultural sensitivity and must value and embrace cultural and social differences.


  • A bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, University Advancement (UA) 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.

Honor the Future Campaign

“To be both great and good, we must never forget that our ultimate purpose as a public university is to serve the public through an unending and fearless search for truth and through our teaching, our research, and our healthcare.”

-President James E. Ryan

The Director of Development, Community Hospitals and Executive Director, UVA Community Health Foundation will join the University at an exciting time for UVA Health. UVA has embarked on a groundbreaking $5 billion Honor the Future capital campaign that will advance the priorities of every school and unit, support new and existing programs, and fund capital projects. UVA Health’s portion of Honor the Future is $1 billion, which supports initiatives in patient care, research, medical and nursing education, and community outreach and access to care. Honor the Future represents an investment in the ideas, people, and solutions that save lives and relieve suffering.

The Director will have the opportunity to develop a legacy of fundraising success at UVA Community Health medical centers. UVA Health Development has successfully raised over $750 million toward the $1 billion campaign goal.

UVA Health

UVA Health is redefining what it means to be an academic medical center. Our mission is to “transform health and inspire hope for all Virginians and beyond.” The new strategic plan—One Future Together, Health & Hope for All—codifies that mission and establishes a unifying vision to be the nation’s leading public academic health system and best place to work by transforming patient care, research, medical and nursing education, and vital engagement with the diverse communities we serve. Our Honor the Future campaign priorities span all of these areas and many other critical initiatives in each of our entities, including:

  • UVA Community Health — a growing enterprise across the commonwealth that includes three hospitals—UVA Prince William Medical Center, UVA Haymarket Medical Center, and UVA Culpeper Medical Center—as well as UVA Community Health Medical Group and UVA Cancer Center in Gainesville (acquired by UVA Health in July 2021).

  • UVA Health University Medical Center — home to a Level I trauma center with over 650 beds, numerous specialty and outpatient clinics in Charlottesville and across Virginia, a nationally ranked children’s hospital (#1 in Virginia), and an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (one of only 54 nationwide).

  • The University of Virginia School of Medicine — is home to world-class educational and research programs built on innovation and collaboration and dedicated to bridging academic and clinical environments to pioneer the treatments and cures of tomorrow.

  • The University of Virginia School of Nursing —the only school of nursing in Virginia ranked in the nation’s top 25 programs and home to the nation's #2 Clinical Nurse Leader program. With a focus on compassionate care, the School of Nursing is committed to training the next generation of resilient, innovative, and passionate nurse leaders.

  • Other essential units include the University Physicians Group and UVA Health Sciences Library.

This position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. 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 Daniel Strong, Senior Recruiter at

How to Apply:

Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration, please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘R0054655'. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for ‘R0054655.’ Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTSEducation: Bachelor's degreeExperience: At least eight years experienceLicensure: NonePHYSICAL DEMANDSThis is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

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.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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