Posting Summary: In preparation for the launch of the $5B Honor the Future campaign, the University of Virginia seeks an experienced fundraising professional to fill the role of Director of Development for the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, the Commonwealth's flagship public service organization since 1931.
The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service strengthens and preserves effective governance by linking the research and resources of the University of Virginia to contemporary challenges for public leaders, especially those found in local, state, and national policy. The Cooper Center builds capacity in organizations and individual leaders in both the public and private sectors while informing policy and programs through the expertise of more than forty faculty and staff working in Economic and Policy Studies, Survey Research, Demographics, the Senior Executive Institute, the LEAD Program, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, the Constitutional Officer Education Program, and the Virginia Institute of Government. Led by a dynamic new Executive Director committed to innovation, outcomes, and partnerships, the Weldon Cooper Center serves a unique and important role in policy, governance, and communities.
The Director of Development, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service ("Director of Development"), is a frontline fundraiser who will generate philanthropic support for the Center's highest priorities, by promoting its individual departments. The incumbent will join the organization at a pivotal time, having the opportunity to advance the Center's mission and strategic direction, and communicate that mission to those dedicated to good policy, effective governance, and strengthening communities. Within the Center's organization, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is unique in having an established alumni, donor base and external board of directors, and operates under the imperative to raise sufficient funds to operate their five programs for political leaders, from high school leaders to elected officials. Initial work will require attention to maintaining and advancing Sorensen's performance in fundraising.
The Director of Development will:
-Build and manage a portfolio of current and prospective major-gift level donors ($100K+) and move them towards giving levels that achieve the Center's annual and long-range fundraising goals. -Create personalized strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals within his/her portfolio for the Center's top initiatives. -Work with Center and University leadership, faculty, staff, and volunteers to engage prospects and implement solicitation plans for the Center. -Staff, advise and brief the Center's Executive Director and University's Assistant Vice President for Development as necessary on development visits and major solicitations. -Oversee the strategy and execution of development-focused events and meetings that further the Center's fundraising goals.
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The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Preferred
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: Master's Degree
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Extensive - 7 years plus
Required Specific Experience: At least seven years of experience in fundraising.
Experience fundraising, sales or managing relationships with high net worth individuals including identifying and cultivating new relationships, moving relationships forward, and managing and tracking relationship activity.
Experience using data to evaluate and plan.
Preferred Specific Experience: Prior experience in political and/or higher education fundraising and staffing senior leaders and volunteers.
Required License or Certification: Driver's License
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 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
The ability to keep the big picture in focus while attending to the small details.
Ability to frequently travel domestically with some evening and weekend work.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the University of Virginia.
Required Computer Applications: Microsoft Office
Internal Number: 353_85999
About University of Virginia
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 benefits 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.