Director of Development - WVU Keyser (Hybrid)

West Virginia University
West Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Cooperative & Experiential Education, Extension Services, Faculty Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Potomac State College (WVU Keyser), part of the West Virginia University system of campuses, located in Keyser, WV is seeking applications for a Director of Development. Reporting directly to the President of Potomac State College and working closely with the WVU Foundation, the Director of Development manages all aspects of the WVU Potomac State College development program, including managing a comprehensive major gift program to generate current gift revenue from individuals, corporations, and foundations, and deferred gift revenue from individuals.

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. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
  • 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:
  • Manage all aspects of WVU Potomac State College development program, including managing a comprehensive major gift program to generate current gift revenue from individuals, corporations, and foundations, deferred gift revenue from individuals, annual giving programming and stewardship.
  • Working with WVU Potomac State College faculty, staff, and volunteers, and the appropriate personnel of the WVU Foundation, identify priorities for private support consistent with specific resource requirements of the College, establish and maintain operational goals, and define budgetary requirements for each development program activity.
  • Working with WVU Potomac State College faculty, staff, and volunteers, and the appropriate personnel of the WVU Foundation, develop a program to identify potential donors, determining possible levels of support, and matching prospect interests with the priority needs of the College.
  • Coordinate with Donor Relations and appropriate fundraising colleagues to develop and execute personalized stewardship plans for select donors and prospects.
  • Coordinate all development efforts with the WVU Foundation and comply with all WVU Foundation reporting and accountability standards.
  • Maintain a comprehensive working knowledge of WVU Potomac State College, including its mission and history, and current priorities assuring effective representation of all aspects of the College and its opportunities and priorities for private support.
  • Manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, as defined by working with the WVU Foundation (currently $50,000+), from initial identification through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Plan, schedule, and complete frequent travel, including overnight, to make contact with prospects and donors in completion of portfolio management. Travel will be conducted in West Virginia, the surrounding region, and some national travel.
  • Plan, organize, and implement development strategies for all special or capital projects, as appropriate.
  • Coordinating with Prospect Development and Strategy, suggest strategy meetings on multi-interest prospects with fundraising colleagues to keep gift discussions moving forward in a donor centric fashion.
  • Initiate and facilitate collegial relationships and open communications with other Foundation and University development staff, and other University and WVU Potomac State College constituents in advancing the mission of the College.
  • Complete other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time by the Campus President or designees in advancement of the WVU Potomac State College development mission.
Qualifications :
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2 years of progressive experience, preferably in development with a history of successful major and/or planned gift solicitations or equivalent, relevant experience in the financial industry. Preference will be given to candidates with greater experience in development; experience in higher education; experience at a comprehensive university.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan projects and carry them to completion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with potential donors, Foundation executives, University administrators, faculty and staff
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful development and research proposals
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and obtaining major gifts.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of planned giving vehicles and methods.
  • The position requires the ability to travel frequently and undertake regular weekend and evening work.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

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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.

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