An annual giving fundraising position, the Leadership Annual Giving Officer (LAGO) is a key player in the university’s centralized annual fund efforts. The LAGO is responsible for implementation of best practices related to the solicitation and stewardship of VCU alumni who live within a one-day drive of Richmond, Virginia. The primary function is to develop and solicit a portfolio of donors whose gift capacity is between $1,000 and $24,999. The LAGO manages the solicitation and stewardship of the with a portfolio that will be assigned with an eye toward positioning them for major and planned giving.
Minimum Hiring Standards:
Three years of professional fundraising experience in a higher education or nonprofit setting
Demonstrated success in planning, executing and closing personal solicitations at the four- and five-figure level
Experience with fundraising databases
A strong command of fundraising principles and a familiarity with the objectives of annual and unrestricted-gift fundraising
Ability to work in a diverse environment
Preferred Hiring Standards:
Superior written and verbal communications skills
An outgoing and positive personality, strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative working style
Proven ability to motivate, engage, solicit and steward a range of prospects
Organized, detail-oriented, with proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced and goal-oriented environment
A self-starter who can work effectively as a team member and independently
Ability to draw correlations between engagement and giving levels then make appropriate solicitation
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.
Internal Number: 584990
About Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University is a premier urban, public research university focused on academic success. VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 13 schools and one college, offering 64 bachelor’s, 74 master’s, 40 doctoral, and three first-professional degree programs and 41 post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificate programs. VCU’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, embraces the university’s vision as a premier urban, public research university focused on student success. The plan provides a strategic framework for capitalizing on the outstanding assets that form the VCU experience. Recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation, VCU is one of only 40 institutions nationwide to receive Carnegie designations as a Research University with Very High Research Activity and Community Engaged and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.