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Assistant or Associate Director of Development, University Priorities

Company: University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The University of Virginia seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and experienced fundraising professional to fill the role of Assistant or Associate Director of Development, University Priorities. Reporting to the Director of Development, University Priorities, the Assistant or Associate Director will generate philanthropic support for top fundraising priorities for the University as part of the Honor the Future campaign. The Assistant or Associate Director will play a key role in fundraising for and helping realize the goals and initiatives laid out in President Ryan's 2030 strategic plan for the University.


  • 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.

  • Create personalized strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals within their portfolio.

  • Work with the Director of Development to execute a strategic fundraising plan with short- and long-range goals to the expand the donor base.

  • 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.

  • Work with and provide guidance to University leaders, faculty members, and volunteers on cultivation and solicitation strategies for prospective donors.

  • When permitted, travel nationally to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects for the University's fundraising priorities.

  • Manage and appropriately document prospect contacts, solicitations, and proposals.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with at least three years of experience is required.

  • To be considered at the Assistant Level must have three years of relevant experience.

  • To be considered at the Associate Level must have five 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, sales, or managing relationships with high-net-worth individuals.

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

  • Exceptional communication skills, a high degree of personal integrity, and exceptional interpersonal skills.

  • Proven ability to build relationships, collaborate, and work effectively with diverse constituents.

  • 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 April 30, 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 "Assistant/Associate 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.

Keywords: University of Virginia, Charlottesville , Assistant or Associate Director of Development, University Priorities, Other , Charlottesville, Virginia

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