Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Health Sciences and Technology and the Fralin Biomedical

Job Description

The Assistant Vice President is responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to advance the presidential university initiative of Health Sciences and Technology where Virginia Tech’s world-class biomedical researchers address health challenges that affect millions. This leadership position is key to the ambitious plans Virginia Tech is making to be a leading 21st century land grant university that delivers innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

The Assistant Vice President will be a central figure in taking the Health Sciences and Technology initiative to the next level of achievement and impact by coalescing strategic priorities with a robust advancement program focused on the areas of: Brain/Neuroscience, Heart/Cardiovascular, Cancer, Infectious Disease, Metabolism & Obesity and Biomaterials with a cross cutting focus on children's health sciences.

S/He will report to the Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology/Executive Director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC with a dotted reporting line to the Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement. This position will oversee a dynamic team of advancement professionals charged with significantly growing the fundraising revenues as well as ongoing enhancement of the brand and stakeholder engagement efforts and the expansion of industry partnerships. This person, in addition to managing an advancement team, will also be responsible for a portfolio of high-level individual and organizational prospects.

The AVP will broaden health sciences work with internal and external partners to unlock its potential to encompass additional clinical, educational and research enterprises located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, DC Metropolitan area and beyond. The AVP will ensure growth and success of the program in a matrixed environment which requires close collaboration with LINK, Sponsored Programs, communications, Virginia Tech Foundation, and Virginia Tech college and unit leadership and advancement teams.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and experience, or Master's degree.

Experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in functional areas such as individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, alumni relations, board relations, communications and marketing.

Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget.

Experience working directly with the most senior levels of companies and organizations is very important, as is the ability to effectively strategize and engage various groups and constituents.

Experience working with volunteer boards. Ability to identify, steward, and motivate volunteers, and supporting them in their various roles.

Demonstrated ability to translate concepts into multi-stakeholder initiatives. Proven skills in strategic thinking with ability to shape messaging in order to move individuals and institutions across the spectrum of prospect development, culminating in solicitations appropriate to organizational priorities and donors interests.

Particular strength in developing a case for support, strategic and complex fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives. Ability to understand and distill complex academic and scientific topics and projects for external audiences.

Ability and willingness to travel.

Preferred Qualifications

An advanced degree and strong academic credentials that will be credible to donors and alumni are preferred.

Previous experience in the biomedical and health sciences fields.

Previous work experience in higher education, and/or in a hybrid centralized decentralized fundraising model involving multiple units is preferred.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

May 1, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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Advertised: April 13, 2021
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