Executive Director of Development

Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
May 11, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the University of Virginia in the search for an Executive Director of Development.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development, the Executive Director of Development will play a leadership role in the creation of a new team and the coordination of prospecting, fundraising, and campaign planning for University Priorities within University Advancement. The Executive Director will rebuild and transform the team responsible for philanthropy earmarked for pan-University priorities, working with centrally based Directors of Development on their annual work plans, travel plans, goals, and pipeline development. Partnering with the Associate Vice President and Directors, the Executive Director will ensure that everyone works strategically, collaboratively, and efficiently internally and externally. The Executive Director will lead efforts to organize and hire key fundraisers for the University Priorities team and will supervise five director-level positions. The successful candidate must reside in Virginia and be available to attend meetings regularly in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment – a public university designed to advance human knowledge, educate leaders, and cultivate an informed citizenry. More than two centuries later, this vision is thriving. Across Grounds – and throughout the world – UVA students, faculty, staff, and alumni challenge convention, break barriers, and pursue the greater good.

The University is an iconic public institution of higher education, boasting nationally ranked schools and programs, diverse and distinguished faculty, a major academic medical center, and proud history as a renowned research university. The community and culture of the University are enriched by active student self-governance, sustained commitment to the arts, and a robust NCAA Division I Athletics program.

In its third century, the University of Virginia offers an affordable, world-class education that is consistently ranked among the nation’s best including  #4 Best Public National University, U.S. News & World Report, 2021; #2 Best Value Public University, Money Magazine, 2021; and #1 Hospital in Virginia, U.S. News and World Report, 2020-21. As one of the nation’s leading public institutions, UVA pushes the boundaries of what’s possible – always in the name of the greater good. This is made possible by an unswerving commitment to initiatives that grow, strengthen. and shape this institution for the future.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, University Advancement honors your experiences, perspectives, and unique identity. It strives to create and maintain working environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming so it can best achieve its mission of supporting its broadly diverse partners, schools, and networks of engaged alumni, parents, and friends of the University.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least eight years of relevant experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission and vision of the University of Virginia as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.