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OrganizationThe College Foundation of the University of Virginia
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineJanuary 31, 2017
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary RangeSalary will be commensurate with experience
Phone(434) 924-6523


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.

Skills Required

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.



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.

Additional Info

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 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.