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Assoc Dir of Major Gifts, COE

Blacksburg, VA
Type: Full-Time
Posted: 06/23/2021

Job Description

The Associate Director of Major Gifts, College of Engineering will solicit philanthropic gifts from alumni, parents, and friends, of the college which align with the College's strategic priorities. This highly motivated professional will be involved with the planning and implementation of major gift fundraising efforts in support of current operations, endowment, capital, and other priorities from private sources in support of operations in the College. This position will fulfill the duties under the director of the College's Director of Development in close cooperation with the University's central advancement office. The Associate Director of Major Gifts will:
  • Assist with fundraising activities for the College of Engineering within designated time frames.
  • Have a portfolio of between 100-125 prospects.
  • Have typical solicitation ranges of $100,000 to $1,000,000.
  • Close $1,000,000 per year using a three-year rolling average.
  • Close on average 10-13 gifts per fiscal year.
  • Develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies which include building, managing, and soliciting a portfolio of major gift prospects.
  • Work closely with the Director of Development, Assistant Dean of Advancement, Dean, department heads, program and center directors to develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies in support of their programs.
  • Establish strong working relationships with other advancement, collegiate and constituent development officers and staff to foster a productive work environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and significant experience or a Master's degree.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, sales/marketing, advertising, public relations, communications or a related field.
  • Willingness to travel on a frequent basis.
  • Individuals should demonstrate professionalism, with strong communication skills and be capable of motivating volunteers as well as donors.
  • The successful candidate will be self-motivated and have the ability to work as a team member in a complex organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated successful track record in fundraising.
  • Preference given to candidates with experience in higher education fundraising.
  • Preference for proven success in building productive relationships with senior administrators, key business leaders, faculty, staff, institutional boards, volunteers, and/or donors.

Pay Band

July 18, 2021

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

July 18,2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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