Posting Summary: The University of Virginia seeks an Associate Director, Donor Relations, to join its team within University Advancement. The Associate Director, in partnership with the Director, Donor Relations, will create, develop, and implement a best-in-class stewardship program focusing on the following areas: annual endowment reporting, scholarship reporting and programming, pan-University giving societies, gift acknowledgments, and principal gift stewardship and recognition. The Associate Director will report to the Director, Donor Relations and have four direct reports.
The incumbent must have a minimum of five years' donor relations experience and a minimum of two years' experience managing and developing staff. S/he will have experience in developing and managing multi-phase projects from inception to roll-out, and experience gaining buy in from internal stakeholders. S/he will have exceptional communication skills--both verbal and written; copyediting and proofreading experience is a plus. Candidates with experience in higher education or other large, complex non-profit institutions, are preferred.
The ideal candidate will be organized, focused, detail and goal oriented, with a high level of energy, drive, and initiative. S/he will have excellent customer service skills dealing with internal and external constituents, as well as exceptional social skills and high emotional intelligence to best communicate with a wide-range of audiences, constituents, and benefactors.
This is an exciting time to join the University of Virginia's Advancement team! The University will celebrate the first of two milestones of its Bicentennial in October 2017, and is currently planning for its next capital campaign with a public launch scheduled for 2019.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: Bachelor's degree
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: Not a Requirement
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Required Specific Experience: A minimum of five years' experience planning and executing a breadth of stewardship projects and programs, with demonstrated ability to handle all logistical aspects from conception through implementation. A minimum of two years' supervisory experience is required.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Demonstrate knowledge of the fundraising process and donor relations.
Keen attention to detail and ability to coordinate all aspects of stewardship projects and programs from conception through implementation and evaluation.
Ability to evaluate and track expenditures and reconcile budgets.
Ability to interact with executive level administrators, government officials, donors/prospects, alumni and development staff, with an understanding of protocol, political environment and implications, and confidentiality.
Ability to think creatively and strategically about revising existing programs and developing new ways of stewarding donors and their gifts to the University.
Advanced ability to navigate University databases and systems.
Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication in daily interactions. Proven ability to clearly articulate specific information in areas of subject matter expertise and achieve cooperation. Proven ability to advise other professionals on policy and procedures.
Ability to lead, train and functionally supervise a team, and mentor junior professionals to be successful in a matrix organization.
Ability to effectively articulate the University's educational mission, strategic aims, and programs.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Familiarity with University Advancement policies, procedures, protocols, and culture is preferred.
Required Computer Applications: Microsoft Word, Excel and Access, Advance Web applications
Preferred Computer Applications: Knowledge of the Advance system and related programs.
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of ben...efits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.