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Director of Major Gifts, COE

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 30, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Development of the College of Engineering (COE), the Director of Major Gifts in the COE will qualify, cultivate, and solicit philanthropic contributions from a portfolio of Engineering alumni and friends. Solicitation range typically will fall in the range of $100,000 to $1M+. The Director of Major Gifts is responsible for the design and implementation of thoughtful, donor-centric strategies in support of college and university priorities. The Director will also assist with selected stewardship of major gift donors. S/he will be a highly motivated and experienced fundraising professional with excellent inter-personal communication skills. S/he will be deeply involved in the fundraising efforts of the College of Engineering in support of our capital campaign priorities (capital projects, experiential learning, along with scholarships and fellowships) The Engineering Advancement Team is growing to serve our 65,000+ Engineering alumni. With the college’s goal of $250M, as part of the University’s overall $1.5B ‘Boundless Impact’ campaign, the successful candidate will be joining a best-in-class advancement team. Individuals interested in continuing to grow within the profession are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and major gifts fundraising experience.

The successful candidate will show evidence of the ability to cultivate, solicit, close and steward major gifts for high level donors.

S/he will be self-motivated while also embracing the concept and attitude of collaborative teamwork in a complex organization.

Highly developed interpersonal communication skills.

Maintains high ethical standards, demonstrated experience handling confidential information and evidence of flexibility in the workplace.

Experience with office software applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook or similar programs.

Experience with relational database manipulation.

Attention to detail and time management along with on-going interest in learning are critical skills that will lead to success.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference given to candidates with experience in higher education fundraising.

Demonstrated ability to design and/or orchestrate complex major gift strategies.

S/he has experience motivating and/or managing volunteers.

Project management or outside sales experience.

Pay Band

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

August 27, 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.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brandi Barnett at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: July 21, 2021
Applications close: August 27, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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