Director of Major Gifts, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Vermont, United States
Competitive Salary
Jul 19, 2021
Aug 17, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The UVM Foundation invites senior development professionals to explore an exciting opportunity with the Foundation. The Director of Major Gifts – College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences is primarily responsible for major gift fundraising to benefit strategic priorities at the University of Vermont. The Director of Major Gifts reports to the Interim Vice President for Development at the Foundation, in close collaboration with the Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

The UVM Foundation is expanding and we invite you to grow your career with us. We are a collaborative, people-centered organization, committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.


75%  Manage a portfolio of individual, corporate, and foundation prospects.  Develop and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies that lead to private investment in academic, research, and programmatic priorities for the CEMS and the University.  Build and foster an environment for successful fundraising within the School by preparing the Dean, Associate Deans, Chairs and key faculty to participate effectively in fundraising appointments and other development activities. Work with University and Foundation leadership to develop a compelling case for engagement and support that will attract major gift donors in a highly competitive philanthropic environment. Collaborate with the Foundation’s annual fund program to ensure that annual appeals generate new and increased giving and are coordinated with institutional schedules.  Provide management and mentoring to junior major gift officers who may also be assigned to support the fundraising objectives of the School.

15%  Collaborate with Foundation leadership and central support units of the Foundation to support fundraising for CEMS at the University of Vermont. Work with the prospect management team to identify and qualify new prospects, the donor relations team to implement best stewardship and donor recognition practices, and the communications team to craft effective case statement, campaign and other marketing materials. Partner with University leaders and unit-based and Foundation-based fundraisers to foster a donor-centered philanthropic culture that will maximize the philanthropic potential of prospects.

5%  Provide support to the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Advisory Board.  Partner with the the Dean to identify meaningful engagement opportunities within CEMS for members and with securing new members who meet the giving criteria for membership.

5%  Other duties as assigned.

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