The University of Virginia Alumni Association seeks nominations and applications for a Director of Development. The Director of Development will represent all fundraising priorities across the Alumni Association, with a specific focus on the Jefferson Trust.
The Jefferson Trust provides discretionary funding for trustee-selected projects that enhance the University of Virginia as a preeminent global institution of higher learning. It was founded during the 2005-6 academic year to provide grant funding for initiatives that will enhance the student and faculty experiences at and overall reputation of the University. Since inception, the Jefferson Trust has grown to more than $30 million in assets. During the 2017-18 academic year, it gave out more than $700,000 in grant funding, bringing its twelve-year total to over $7 million in grants to fund 179 new initiatives spanning a broad range of schools, departments, student groups, and academic centers at the University.
The Director of Development is responsible for assisting with the planning of the development activities of the Alumni Association, including the organization of a Jefferson Trust Capital Campaign and the Jefferson Trust's participation in the University-wide Third Century campaign. Reporting to the Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Jefferson Trust, she/he will work with a team of four fundraisers to raise money for the Alumni Association and its key initiatives.
The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraising professional with a track record of success closing major gifts. She/he will have experience interacting with alumni, parents, committees and senior leadership. Compelling candidates will be mission-driven with an appreciation for the unique and direct impact that the Jefferson Trust has on the University of Virginia.
Additional competencies for this position include:
At least three to five years of successful fund-raising experience including the solicitation of major gifts. Experience in planned giving preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact well with donors and colleagues and to motivate volunteers.
Must possess strong public speaking ability.
Must be self-directed and rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
Familiarity with the University of Virginia preferred.
An understanding of higher education and experience in a university setting also preferred.
Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software required.
Proficiency conducting online research to identify statistics, trends, and demographic information required.
Proficiency utilizing BSR/Advance is preferred.
Ability to travel 40-50% of time required.
Bachelor of Arts degree required. Graduate degree or equivalent professional experience preferred.
Process for Candidacy:
Nominations and applications should include a resume, letter of interest, and contact information for at least three references.
Recruitment will continue and applications will be considered until the position is filled.
To express interest in this opportunity please contact Susan Gaines by email at email@example.com or AJ Davidson at mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org.