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University Development Officer

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 12, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Grants & Contracts, Alumni Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Information

University Code 15241 University Title Major Gifts Officer 1 University Job Family Development ORP Eligible Yes For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans
Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Single Title Scope of Search Regional Working Title University Development Officer Position Number 581950 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department Development 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
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations ( DAR ) seeks highly motivated, self-starting fundraisers who are looking to take their next step in major gift fundraising. Reporting to the Director of University Development, the University Development Officer will cultivate and solicit philanthropic gifts of $50,000 and above from qualified prospects across all units and programs of the university. The University Development Officer will maintain a portfolio of prospects for major gift work in order to support the fundraising goals of the Division of Development & Alumni Relations. University Development Officers work in partnership with all academic units, centers, and programs of the university, as well as unit-based fundraising staff in order to collaborate on gift strategies and prospects.

The University Development Officer will conduct both necessary travel and digital engagement to advance relationships with prospects from across the university and health system. Annual performance reviews will be based on written, mutually approved operating plans and metrics.

General duties include:

  • Successfully conduct a high number of engagement interactions through personal visits requiring travel, telephone and zoom solicitations, and coordinated personal written proposals in order to obtain and/or increase major gift contributions
  • Become a university and hospital generalist capable of engaging on any topic across both campuses
  • In conjunction with the Director of Development, set annual SMART goals and career planning/professional development objectives
  • Ensure effective prospect transfers or major gift referrals to unit partners, when appropriate
  • Create and sustain a system of collegiality and transparency with Lead Development Officers and partner foundations
Minimum Hiring Standards
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Strong collaboration, written, oral, and data-analysis skills
  • Familiarity with technology, software, and digital tools to communicate and engage with others
  • Experience working in customer service, fundraising, or sales environments working directly with people for engagement
  • Ability to work and navigate within a complex organization and diverse constituencies
  • Ability to plan and execute travel for donor visits that may include overnight trips
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a university professional at VCU

Preferred Hiring Standards
  • Master’s degree and/or 2-3 years of professional experience in front line fundraising work, customer relations, or sales-related fields
  • Willingness to learn, collaborate, and grow within a high performing fundraising team

Required Licenses/ Certifications
Valid driver’s license Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with experience up to $75,000 Application Process/Additional Information Campus MCV and Monroe Park Campus Hours/Week 40 Normal Work Days/Hours M-F/ 8a.m. - 5 p.m. Job Open Date 08/12/2021 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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Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

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