The Development Office in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Associate Director.
About the Opportunity
This is a front-line fundraising position responsible for identifying and developing a major gift pipeline to support the departments and programs within the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences.
We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:
- 37.5-hour work week
- 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
- 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
- 18 sick days per year
(for when you’re ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family’s, regularly scheduled medical appointments)
- WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits (this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position)
- 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ’s.
- Wellness programs
What you’ll do:
- Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Development in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and in coordination with the WVU Foundation, develop major gift donors and prospects, with a focus on alumni, retired faculty members, parents, and friends, capable of making gifts $50,000 and up.
- Raise $1 - $2.5 million dollars per year through outright gifts and planned gifts across the disciplines of arts and sciences.
- Plan, schedule, and complete frequent travel, defined as 140+ annual visits spanning over 5-7 days per month to include some overnight, to contact prospects and donors. The majority of travel is in West Virginia and contiguous states, with some nation-wide travel.
- Identify 25+ new prospects per year to ultimately build a gift pipeline of 70-80 prospects within a two-year solicitation cycle.
- Perform related administrative duties by recording all quantifiable personal work performance goals for contacts, major gift solicitations, closed major gifts, new major gifts prospects identified into the CRM database.
- Provide excellent customer service to donors to include maintaining correspondence, writing case statements, drafting gift documents, etc.
- Identify engagement opportunities for donors by planning, executing, and/or staffing prospect cultivation, hospitality, donor stewardship, recognition programs, College-based visiting committee meetings, and other special events.
- Coordinate all development efforts with the WVU Foundation and comply with all the WVU Foundation reporting and accountability standards.
- Develop and maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the Eberly College, including its mission and history, and current priorities assuring effective representation of all aspects of the college and its opportunities and needs for private support.
- Collaborate and sustain open communication with centralized WVU Foundation gift officers and University development staff as needed, along with other University administrators (Dean, Chairs, Program heads, etc.) in advancing the mission of the Eberly College.
- Complete other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time by the College’s Dean, Assistant Dean for Development, or their designees in the Office of Development in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
- Bachelor degree.
- A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the areas of fundraising and development are required.
- Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills with all constituencies including speaking, writing, editing, and proofreading.
- Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and social skills to interact with donors, University faculty, administrators, staff, students, and Foundation executives.
- Demonstrated ability to obtain major gift commitments and working knowledge of planned giving vehicles and methods.
- Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising/development activities.
- Demonstrated ability to plan projects and carry them to completion.
- Ability to contribute to a successful comprehensive capital campaign.
- Demonstrated ability to develop, plan, and execute multiple events/projects with a high level of detail.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate the work of volunteers and colleagues that are not direct reports.
- Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising techniques and practices including moving prospects through the gift cycle.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of fundraising and a demonstrated track record of professional success.
- Evidence of entrepreneurial spirit, persuasiveness, and the ability to motivate people in support of specific causes.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituencies.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
- Demonstrated excellent organizational skills required to coordinate and organize a variety of complex projects.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Google Chrome, and professional use of social media.
- Demonstrated ability to learn new constituent relations management system, enter information in a timely manner, and comply with department and foundation guidelines.
- Ability to travel extensively, attend evening and weekend events, and comply with department travel policy and timeliness.
- Demonstrated ability to work with highly sensitive and confidential information; Demonstrated ability to receive constructive criticism and professional feedback; and
- Demonstrate ability to learn the mission of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at WVU.
- Cover Letter
- Valid driver's license
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.