Posting Summary: The University of Virginia is hiring an Associate Director of Foundation Relations. This new position will be a key component of our expanding Foundation Relations team and will play a critical role in achieving the University's vision for its third century. Part of the central University Advancement office, Foundation Relations is responsible for supporting pan-university projects, programs, and priorities as well as supporting and coordinating efforts across UVA's eleven schools.
Reporting to the Director of Foundation Relations, the Associate Director will be responsible for raising funds to support UVA's research, academic programs, and key initiatives. This fundraising position will work closely with members of the administration, faculty, and development colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation prospects. He/she will be responsible for strategically managing and growing a portfolio of national and statewide foundations; developing proposal and report submissions; and supporting faculty and university leaders in their foundation fundraising efforts. Responsibilities will include:
- Cultivating and deepening relationships with foundations through phone calls, emails, travel, coordinating on-Grounds visits, and other communications;
- Matching foundation opportunities with strengths and priorities of the university and activities of the faculty;
- Developing strategies to build and enhance foundation funding and working with faculty, administrators, and advancement colleagues to implement these strategies;
- Advising and training faculty and staff regarding prospect identification, cultivation strategies, proposal development, and stewardship activities;
- Ensuring colleagues and faculty understand and follow university protocols for proposal and report submission;
- Performing other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a proven ability to grasp complex subjects, an ability to build and maintain strong internal and external relationships and a demonstrated attention to detail. He/she will have the ability to meet deadlines, work both collaboratively and independently, and be creative, analytical, and adaptable. A bachelor's degree and at least four years of professional experience in nonprofits, philanthropy, or a relationship-focused business are required.
About UVA Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia sustains the ideals of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world. Consistently ranked as one of the top public universities, the quality of research, scholarship, creative arts, and innovation at UVA is particularly important because of the dual mission inherent in its identity as a collegiate research university. The University is large enough to support excellence in research and teaching, yet small enough to promote the collegiality and the interplay of ideas that are critical for academic leadership and innovation. While smaller colleges and universities focus on disseminating knowledge to students, the University's charge as a public Research 1 university is broader and more exacting. Its scope encompasses discovery as well as dissemination of these discoveries not just to its students but also to the general public, who can help translate them into practical applications.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: Bachelor's degree
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Required Specific Experience: At least four years of professional experience in nonprofits, philanthropy, or a relationship-focused business.
Required License or Certification: Driver's License
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to build and maintain strong internal and external relationships
A proven ability to grasp complex subjects
A demonstrated attention to detail
Ability to meet deadlines
Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of ben...efits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.