Senior Director of Development for Neuroscience

Position Information

University Code 15415 University Title Senior Director, Development University Job Family Development ORP Eligible Yes For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans
Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Multi Title Scope of Search National Working Title Senior Director of Development for Neuroscience Position Number 590090 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department School of Medicine Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities

To advance Neuroscience goals, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to lead teams as well as to plan, execute, secure and steward major gifts.

This position will personally cultivate and solicit principal and major gifts in support of Neuroscience fundraising priorities. The incumbent will inherit a mature and growing portfolio and will partner with physicians and clinical faculty to identify prospective donors and to create and deploy appropriate fundraising strategies. In compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the incumbent will work primarily with patients and families who make gifts in gratitude for the care they received at VCU Health. In partnership with development colleagues on the Medicine and Health Development team, the MCV Foundation and VCU’s Office of the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, the incumbent also may work with alumni and friends of the programs within the Neuroscience corridor and related health and medical school priorities. The position also will lead the team of major gift officers working in support of Neuroscience and VCU Health and School of Medicine Departments, Centers and Initiatives.

This position will lead and/or manage development efforts in the Neuroscience corridor, and other departments with vital philanthropic needs and opportunities. This includes the department of Neurology and its ten divisions as well as the departments of Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic Surgery and the Center for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders. In partnership with VCU Health and School of Medicine leadership and under the assistant vice president for development for VCU Health and the School of Medicine, the senior director of development for Neuroscience will provide leadership and fundraising strategy and will oversee major and principal gift activity for identified departments, divisions and centers within the corridor, including providing direct fundraising support and guidance for identified department chairs, division chiefs and center directors. They also may support related fundraising priorities connected to VCU School of Medicine’s and VCU Health’s tripartite mission of research, education and clinical care. A strong orientation to collaboration is required along with an enthusiasm for maintaining relationships with faculty and clinical care teams as well as an empathy for individuals impacted by health experiences. A background in academic medicine, higher education or health care is preferred but not required for the candidate who enjoys new challenges and is eager to pursue a role in health care philanthropy.

Minimum Hiring Standards

• Minimum of 7 years professional experience in fundraising, preferably in an academic medical center or higher education (Research I) setting or similar complex environments.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, execute, secure and steward 6 and 7-figure gifts through individual effort.
• Sound judgment, strong interpersonal skills and professional credibility required to develop relationships of trust and respect with a diverse range of constituents, including donors and prospects, healthcare providers, research faculty, senior administrators, volunteers and stakeholders and development colleagues.
• Emotional intelligence, empathy and ability to relate to individuals impacted by health experiences
• Highest ethical standards, attention to confidentiality and deep familiarity with and a willingness to fully comply with VCU’s interpretation of HIPAA law as it relates to fundraising
• The ability to work independently, to meet deadlines and consistently achieve goals while also driving and supporting team success in a matrix environment; demonstrated experience managing fundraising staff is strongly preferred
• High level of initiative, strong orientation to teamwork and the ability to work effectively in complex environments
• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment
• Attention to detail and the ability to use a database to maintain and review records and reports such as donor data, prospect contacts, solicitations, and proposals
• Working knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving.
• Must be able to travel involving automobile and/or airplane. Overnight and long-distance travel may be necessary.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Bachelor’s degree required.

Preferred Hiring Standards

• Seven years or more of demonstrated success identifying, qualifying and soliciting major gift prospects, preferably in the context of higher education and/or healthcare.
• Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in major and planned giving concepts and strategies as well as significant experience in creating and implementing major gift plans; campaign experience is strongly preferred.
• Strong management capabilities and a commitment to mentoring gift officers
• Master’s Degree or work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree.
• Deep appreciation for the mission and aspirations of VCU and VCU Health and a desire to play a meaningful role in the life of VCU and in the Richmond community.
• Collaboration skills consistent with bringing out the best in a matrix team, instilling pride in a team effort.
• Personal commitment to the fund raising industry as evidenced through work ethic and aspiration to best practices

Required Licenses/ Certifications Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with experience Application Process/Additional Information Campus MCV Campus Hours/Week 40 Normal Work Days/Hours M-F Job Open Date 03/04/2021 Posting will close on or before Open Until Filled Yes Job Category Development Is this a restricted position? No Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work arrangements? Yes Sensitive Position No Resource Critical Yes Quick Link Posting Specific Questions

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