The School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) seeks visionary and results-oriented applicants for the position of Director of Development. This 12-month, professional faculty appointment reporting to the Dean and the Senior Associate Vice President for Campaign, will serve as the Lead Development Officer coordinating the school’s philanthropy program. The Director of Development will be charged with meeting philanthropic targets and contributing to the overall mission of the School while also engaging faculty and center directors in fundraising activities.
Description: VCU is an urban public research university with an enrollment of over 31,000 students in 205 certificate and degree programs spanning the arts, sciences and humanities.
Responsibilities: The Director of Development will be responsible for the management of major gift operations and the recruitment of donors. This effort will include implementation and oversight of a comprehensive fundraising program to promote and secure major gifts.
The incumbent will demonstrate an ability to solicit significant gifts, properly match funding needs with donor intent, and communicate the impact of donations to a variety of audiences. The position will manage prospect information and strategically plan solicitations, demonstrating the interpersonal skills to work effectively and collaboratively with faculty and to effectively guide volunteers. Other position responsibilities include working closely with central Development and Alumni Relations, developing volunteer engagement opportunities, and creating analytical reports for benchmarking.
Qualifications: A Master’s degree is required, or experience equivalent to a graduate degree, with 5 years of progressive experience. The best applicants will be professionals with documented success securing gifts of $25,000 and above. Candidates should have the ability to handle multiple, complex activities simultaneously, to coordinate solicitation strategies in a decentralized environment, demonstrated knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations governing philanthropy; strong organizational and time management skills; excellent communication skills including the ability to translate technical information and concepts into lay language; and demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Application Process: This is a professional, non-tenure eligible faculty position, subject to the University’s policies and procedures governing administrative and professional faculty appointments as noted on the following link: http://www.provost.vcu.edu/policies/adminapt.html.
All applications should be submitted through the VCU Jobs website at https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/60252 and should include a resume, cover letter, salary history, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For additional information about the School of Social Work, please visit our website.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.
Virginia Commonwealth University is a premier urban, public research university focused on academic success. VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 13 schools and one college, offering 64 bachelor’s, 74 master’s, 40 doctoral, and three first-professional degree programs and 41 post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificate programs. VCU’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, embraces the un...iversity’s vision as a premier urban, public research university focused on student success. The plan provides a strategic framework for capitalizing on the outstanding assets that form the VCU experience. Recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation, VCU is one of only 40 institutions nationwide to receive Carnegie designations as a Research University with Very High Research Activity and Community Engaged and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.