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Director of Engagement and Annual Giving

The College Foundation of the University of Virginia, which exists to support the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is conducting a search for a Director of Engagement and Annual Giving.

The Director of Engagement and Annual Giving is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the annual giving operation with the aim to grow annual giving dollars and participation through direct mail, email and social media, the phone-a-thon program, leadership annual giving society and other mass appeal program(s) that seek to gain philanthropic support from alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Annual Giving Communication Development and Execution

  1. Develops and manages all strategies and tactics to support the College Fund’s unrestricted and restricted fundraising goals for gifts under $2,500 and for leadership annual giving above $2,500.
  2. Develop, implement, and monitor a comprehensive annual giving solicitation and segmentation plan across a variety of channels including direct mail, email, web, social media, phone-a-thon, and volunteer efforts.
  3. Responsible for strategic and conceptual development of messages for annual giving solicitations, social media, and internally- and externally-facing websites.
  4. Serves as the primary staff liaison to University Annual Giving and University Advancement Digital Strategy.
  5. Participates as needed on any key leadership committees across Grounds.
  6. Manages creative staff and vendors for all annual giving and website needs.
  7. Budget management and evaluation of Annual Giving and Agency Services budget.
  8. Supervises student workers as needed.
  9. Undertakes project management and other duties as needed as assigned by President of the College Foundation, CMO, Vice President of Administration, and Vice President of Development.

Supervision of Engagement and Annual Giving Staff

  1. Facilitate a direct, collegial, and innovative environment that allows staff to perform effectively and efficiently. Provide guidance to employee(s) as needed, help set workload priorities, assist with duties as needed, and serve as a backup when person is absent. Create and communicate clear expectations and channels for dealing with employee suggestions, concerns, and ideas.
  2. Ensure all performance evaluations recommendations for reward and recognition, salary adjustments and other personnel management documents are completed in a timely manner and are clear and robust in both form and substance.
  3. Manage all employee relations issues with the help of the Director of Finance and Human Resources as needed. Oversee the search for new staff according to the College Foundation policy and procedure.

Work Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience required; master’s degree in business administration with a marketing concentration preferred.
  • Four or more years’ experience in educational or non-profit fundraising, marketing, communication or a related field required, with significant experience in annual giving, in creating direct response mail and email content, and in managing social media campaigns preferred.
  • Experience with software and systems that facilitate donor tracking, data analysis, image editing and graphic design is desirable.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to forge relationships deep project management skills, excellent organization capability, and computer skills are essential.

To Apply

This position reports to the Chief Marketing Officer of the College Foundation. The annual salary will be commensurate with experience. The College Foundation offers generous benefits, including full health insurance coverage for employees and a 403(b) retirement plan. In 2017, The Nonprofit Times recognized The College Foundation as one of the top 50 nonprofit employers in the country.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume via email to Erin Dinger, Director of Finance and Human Resources, at dinger@virginia.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The College Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The College Foundation of the University of Virginia is a 501(c)(3), University-Related Foundation whose mission is to raise and invest private funds for the benefit of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Governed by a 40-member volunteer Board of Trustees, and organizationally aligned with the Dean of Arts & Sciences, it employs a team of approximately two dozen advancement professionals who focus on development, donor relations, and marketing, and their related support functions.


Director of Development

The College Foundation of the University of Virginia, which exists to support the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is conducting a search for a Director of Development.

The Director of Development is a front-line fundraiser and is part of an experienced fundraising team that generates philanthropic support for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the largest school at the University of Virginia.

The Director of Development will manage a portfolio of current and prospective major gift level donors ($100,000+) and will create personalized strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts primarily ranging from $100,000 to $1 million.

The successful candidate will have at least four years of demonstrated success in fundraising. This position works collaboratively with colleagues at the College Foundation and across the University to achieve the College of Arts & Sciences’ annual and long-range fundraising priorities. The position may also involve volunteer management.

The successful candidate will possess a high degree of initiative, flexibility and will have the skills to shape and be shaped by evolving fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will possess a high degree of personal integrity and have the ability to keep the big picture in focus while attending to the small details; experience using data to evaluate and plan is essential. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively and skillfully, and with an appreciation for high standards. 

Work Qualifications

Degree required: Bachelor's Degree is required.

Minimal level of relevant experience: Preference for at least 4 years of fundraising experience that includes major gift fundraising. Consideration may be given to candidates with at least 4 years of professional experience in a position with transferable skills.

Characteristics:

A distinguished professional and team player with a strong track record of securing significant gifts and philanthropic commitments at increasing levels, and success managing complex relationships, preferably in a higher education setting.

High personal standards are required, including excellent organizational, written and oral skills.  An ability to work cooperatively with various groups of people also is required.

The successful candidate should enjoy working with people, especially high-profile donors, and work well under pressure. She/he should also have demonstrated the ability to manage multiple and complex projects, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities and needs.

Strategic and goal-oriented, knowledgeable about capital campaigns and ideally experienced with major gifts.

The ability to travel is required.  Some evening and weekend work is required.

This position requires knowledge of basic computer skills and programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel.

To Apply

This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Development of the College Foundation. The annual salary will be commensurate with experience. The College Foundation offers generous benefits, including full health insurance coverage for employees and a 403(b) retirement plan. In 2017, The Nonprofit Times recognized The College Foundation as one of the top 50 nonprofit employers in the country.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume via email to Erin Dinger, Director of Finance & Human Resources, at dinger@virginia.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. The College Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

The College Foundation of the University of Virginia is a 501(c)(3), University-Related Foundation whose mission is to raise and invest private funds for the benefit of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Governed by a 40-member volunteer Board of Trustees, and organizationally aligned with the Dean of Arts & Sciences, it employs a team of approximately two dozen advancement professionals who focus on development, donor relations, and marketing, and their related support functions.


Development Officer

The College Foundation of the University of Virginia, which exists to support the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, is conducting a search for a Development Officer.

The Development Officer is a front-line fundraiser and is part of an experienced fundraising team that generates philanthropic support for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the largest school at the University of Virginia.

The Development Officer will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward leadership annual fund donors ($2,500+ annually). The Development Officer will manage a portfolio in designated cities and will also lead efforts to renew and solicit increased annual gifts from alumni all over the country.

The successful candidate will have at least two years of demonstrated success in fundraising. This position works collaboratively with colleagues at the College Foundation and across the University to achieve the College of Arts & Sciences’ annual and long-range fundraising priorities. The position may also involve volunteer management.

The successful candidate will possess a high degree of initiative, flexibility and will have the skills to shape and be shaped by evolving fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will possess a high degree of personal integrity and have the ability to keep the big picture in focus while attending to the small details; experience using data to evaluate and plan is essential. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively and skillfully, and with an appreciation for high standards. 

Work Qualifications

Degree required: Bachelor's Degree is required.

Minimal level of relevant experience: Preference for at least 2 years of fundraising experience that includes leadership annual fund gift fundraising. Consideration may be given to candidates with at least 2 years of experience in a position with transferable skills.

Characteristics

A distinguished professional and team player who can be successful while managing complex relationships.

High personal standards are required, including excellent organizational, written and oral skills.  An ability to work cooperatively with various groups of people is also required.

The successful candidate should enjoy working with people, especially donors, and work well under pressure. She/he should also have demonstrated the ability to manage multiple and complex projects, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities and needs.

Strategic and goal-oriented, knowledgeable about fundraising and ideally experienced with higher education fundraising.

The ability to travel is required.  Some evening and weekend work is required.

This position requires knowledge of basic computer skills and programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel.

To Apply

This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Development of the College Foundation. The annual salary will be commensurate with experience. The College Foundation offers generous benefits, including full health insurance coverage for employees and a 403(b) retirement plan. In 2017, The Nonprofit Times recognized The College Foundation as one of the top 50 nonprofit employers in the country.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume via email to Erin Dinger, Director of Finance & Human Resources, at dinger@virginia.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. The College Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

The College Foundation of the University of Virginia is a 501(c)(3), University-Related Foundation whose mission is to raise and invest private funds for the benefit of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Governed by a 40-member volunteer Board of Trustees, and organizationally aligned with the Dean of Arts & Sciences, it employs a team of approximately two dozen advancement professionals who focus on development, donor relations, and marketing, and their related support functions.


Erin K. Dinger

Director of Finance and Human Resources
Email Address
Phone Number
(434) 924-6523

The College Foundation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The College Foundation complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the Foundation has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

The College Foundation expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of College Foundation’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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