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OrganizationThe College Foundation of the University of Virginia
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineJune 30, 2016
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$35,000 - $45,000
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 an Engagement and Annual Giving Coordinator.


The Engagement and Annual Giving Coordinator supports developing, executing, and leading a range of fundraising and engagement communications for the Arts & Sciences Development Office under the supervision of the Director of Engagement and Annual Giving. The incumbent may work independently to prioritize his or her own work, but should seek information and guidance from the Director as projects are planned.


Skills Required

Key Duties and Responsibilities


Assists the Director of Engagement and Annual Giving with annual giving and engagement including the production and evaluation of direct mail, email, social media, phone-a-thon, web-based fundraising solicitations, and communications intended to support the fundraising efforts of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and to inform alumni, friends and donors about the achievements, priorities and aspirations of the College.

  1. Supports the Director of Engagement and Annual Giving in developing fundraising strategies and developing content for large-scale fundraising campaigns to meet the financial goals of the Arts & Sciences Development Office.
  2. Leads the development and execution of assigned targeted campaigns that have defined audiences and fundraising objectives.
  3. Works with the Director of Engagement and Annual Giving to execute strategies to educate donors and alumni about engagement opportunities, and inform them about the news of the College. Responsible for writing, editing or gathering articles, profiles, and newsbriefs for the College’s alumni and friends website, and assists in the site’s content maintenance.
  4. Works with the Director of Engagement and Annual Giving on strategic social media and digital initiatives. Responsible for weekly communication through applicable social media accounts and manages the production of the College’s alumni and friends e-newsletter.
  5. Collaborates with communications colleagues in the dean’s office for email and social media communications, and with annual giving colleagues in University Advancement for University-wide fundraising efforts.
  6. Develops relationships with key vendors (designers, printers, photographers, web developers, etc.), and—for assigned projects—negotiates contracts, manages work flow, and monitors performance.
  7. In collaboration with members of the data analysis team, mines social media and email activity to learn more about alumni and donor behavior, affinity, and communications preferences.
  8. Collaborates with internal and external design and communications professionals on production of assigned publications, email messages, social media posts, websites, etc., that support direct fundraising campaigns.
  9. Supports activities such as give days, reunions, campaign kick-offs, thank-a-thons, student fundraising events, and board meetings.



A bachelor’s degree is preferred, however, a high school diploma or equivalent plus significant related experience may be considered in lieu of degree. Two years of fundraising, communication, marketing, or related experience is required with specific experience in higher education preferred. The strongest candidate will be an excellent writer, well versed in communicating verbally, by email, in print, and online. Other required qualifications include the ability to plan complex production cycles, multi-task, and attention to detail in a fast-paced, project-oriented environment is required. The ability to work with multiple types of people and personalities, including senior executives, in a productive and respectful manner is required. Thinking strategically, effectively analyzing data, and specific experience implementing data-informed decisions is preferred. Familiarity with design theory, graphics software (Adobe Creative Suite), relational databases, HTML, video production, and broadcast email platforms is a plus.

Additional Info

Salary and Benefits:


This position reports to the Director of Engagement and Annual Giving. The anticipated hiring is $35,000 to $45,000. The College Foundation offers a generous benefits plan including full health insurance coverage for employees and a 403(b) retirement plan.


How to Apply:


Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Erin Dinger, Director of Finance and Human Resources, at P.O. Box 400801, Charlottesville, VA 22904 or Review of applications will begin immediately. The position becomes available July 1, 2016, and will remain open until filled. The College Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are strongly 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 30 advancement professionals.