Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking dynamic, results-oriented applicants for several newly-created Regional Major Gifts Officer positions. Reporting to the Executive Director of Regional Giving in the central Development & Alumni Relations Office, the Regional Major Gifts Officer plans, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive major gift program in conjunction with The Make It Real Campaign for VCU. Regional Major Gifts Officers work to support all university academic units, centers, and all programs of the university.
Responsibilities: The Regional Major Gifts Officer will develop a fundraising and engagement plan to secure gifts of $25,000 and above while working with an assigned portfolio of prospects from various schools and units across the university. Annual performance reviews will be based on written, mutually approved operating plans and metrics.
Qualifications: Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated professional experience in higher education development/fundraising, sales, marketing, or a related field. Demonstrated experience securing five and six-figure gifts and a working knowledge of charitable giving tax laws is required. Successful candidates will possess extraordinary communication skills and the ability to interact effectively within a comprehensive environment like a research university, while exhibiting the highest standards of professionalism, performance, and decision-making skills. Collaborative teamwork, critical thinking, consistency of output, strategic planning of work, and timeliness of follow-through are additional requirements for success. Frequent national travel involving automobiles and airplanes will be necessary in this role with evening and weekend work required. Must have an advanced degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree. Candidates must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member of VCU.
Deep appreciation for the mission and aspirations of VCU
An outward mindset toward VCU’s schools/units and institutionally-related foundations
Desire to play a meaningful role in the life of VCU and its extended community
Demonstrated ability to identify prospects, secure necessary appointments, and cultivate sustainable relationships with VCU constituents
Demonstrated success in planning, executing, and closing personal solicitations at the five and six-figure level
Personal commitment to the fund development industry as evidenced through ethical standards, volunteerism/mentoring and knowledge of best practices through CFRE or other training/credentialing
Experience working in a large, complex setting
Professional credibility required to engage and leverage senior leadership, deans, faculty, volunteer leadership, and other stakeholders in building a successful philanthropic culture
Interpersonal skills and professional practices that promote mutual trust
Ability to maintain accurate and timely records
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Personal attributes: Honesty, integrity, persistence, enthusiasm, team player, commitment, attention to detail, curiosity, and self-awareness
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU
Application Process: To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume via VCU ejobs at: https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/75758. Incomplete application packages may not be considered. A review of applications will begin immediately; position open until filled. We will hire up to 5 gift officers, based on experience.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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.