Director of the Averett Society and Constituent
Since 1859, Averett University has grown and developed
into a dynamic institution that serves students of all ages,
offering more than 30 undergraduate majors, minors and special
programs, along with five graduate programs with a number of
concentrations. Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead
as catalysts for positive change, the University's historic main
campus is embedded in the heart of Southern Virginia with regional
campuses throughout Virginia and online. Averett enrolls a diverse
student body, and boasts an alumni network that spans the
Reporting to the Vice President of Philanthropy, the Director of
the Averett Society and Constituent Relations (Director) will have
oversight and management of all annual giving programs, this
includes and not limited to mail, digital, social, giving days, and
segmented based giving solicitations across the University’s
constituent communities – alumni, parents, friends, community
The Director will sustain an active portfolio of donor
relationships to increase leadership-level giving, complete 15 or
more personal visits each month, coordinate various fund-raising
project planning, implementation and reporting, and manage
Master’s degree is preferred, minimum of a bachelor’s degree is
Minimum of five years relevant fund-raising experience, within
higher education preferred; track record of success in managing
annual giving programs, securing leadership and meeting fund
Proven record of leadership and accomplishment in the field of
development and fundraising success, especially in annual and
Proven record of being a self-starter, who is proactive and goal
oriented with the ability to work autonomously and take initiative
and make decisions.
Superior oral, non-oral, and written communication and
Working knowledge of donor database systems; Raiser’s Edge
Proven supervisory and team leadership experience.
Availability for periodic evening and weekend work is
Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Provide thoughtful leadership and high-level support to the Vice
President of Philanthropy and the Institutional Advancement team in
formulating a strong action plan for cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship of donors and prospects for annual and multi-year
Knowledge of advancement programs and annual, leadership and
major gift development, including prospect tracking systems and
proper documentation standards.
Plan and execute annual giving plan solicitations as well
personal leadership solicitation strategies leading to increased
giving society participation.
Proven ability to analyze, plan, and meet deadlines.
Ability to travel extensively by both car and plane, often
outside the university’s normal business hours.
Maintain computer records of contacts and solicitations, and
implement stewardship activities as gifts and pledge payments are
Maintain personal development travel schedule and coordinate
cultivation, solicitation and stewardship with Institutional
Identify and cultivate a prospect pool of graduates and other
This position requires all of the following to be performed,
with or without reasonable accommodations:
- Use of computer and
various software (word processing, spreadsheet, web-based) as well
as other common office equipment such as telephone, copier, fax,
- Comparing, synthesizing,
computer, compiling, copying, and analyzing information
- Speaking, hearing, and
visual acuity is necessary
- Physical activity will
include grasping, reaching, keyboarding.
Submit Letter of Interest, Current
3 Professional References to: Director of
Averett Society & Constituent Relations Search Committee,
Averett University, 420 West Main St., Danville, Virginia
- Background checks are
required for all positions.
- An applicant must have
an unrestricted right to work in the U.S.
- Averett University’s
policies, programs and activities, including hiring practices,
comply with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting
discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national
origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or
expression and veteran status.
- Averett University is an
Equal Opportunity Employer and an Employer of National Service.
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are
encouraged to apply.