The University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and
Public Policy (Batten School) seeks an experienced and accomplished
Director of Development. Reporting to the Associate Vice President
for Development in University Advancement with a dotted line to the
Dean, the Director will play a key leadership role on a growing,
highly integrated, and collaborative advancement team pursuing
ambitious fundraising goals. This is an excellent opportunity for
an experienced professional to make a valuable contribution in
support of the academic and research missions of the Batten School.
The successful candidate will be an energetic and charismatic
professional with an affinity for the mission and values of the
School. They will bring a proven track record as a major gift
fundraiser, creative and entrepreneurial approaches to fundraising,
and a strong work ethic dedicated to achieving ambitious team
goals. The Director will be responsible for managing the
development team to create and execute fundraising
§ Mentor and provide guidance to development officers
regarding best practices in prospect engagement and fundraising.
§ Develop and implement a comprehensive annual operating plan
for fundraising to include goals, objectives, strategies, and
metrics for measuring performance. § Manage a portfolio of
principal and major gift prospects to solicit capital, endowed, and
current use support. § Plan travel, follow up, and
stewardship of donors. § Build working relationships with
faculty. § Work collaboratively with development colleagues
across Grounds and establish a team approach to fundraising.
§ Work closely with the Batten School Foundation Board and
other volunteers to develop and implement fundraising strategies.
The Director of Development will be a highly motivated
development professional tasked with creatively, strategically, and
effectively identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donors for
Batten. Compelling candidates will have a demonstrated
ability to achieve results and will convey alignment with the
School’s mission and values.
Skills and Competencies
- Proven track record of managing portfolios containing donors of
- Success taking a creative and entrepreneurial approach to
identifying and cultivating propects.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and develop fundraising
strategies in collaboration with University Leadership.
- Ability to engage donors in the Dean’s vision for Batten.
- Ability to meet and exceed achievable and challenging
fundraising goals for a team.
- Experience managing staff; ability to balance managing staff
- Ability to effectively articulate the School’s and University's
educational mission, strategic aims, and programs.
- A Bachelor's degree.
- At least 8 years of experience; at least 5 years of previous
fundraising experience preferred.
- Ability to travel and work nights and weekends.
- Highest level of integrity.
- Creative, entrepreneurial, and resourceful.
- Ability to juggle multiple priorities; self-directed and
- Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of emotional
- Thoughtful, transparent, and exceptionally collaborative.
- Committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work
UVA Executive Search Group, an internal search firm in the
Office of the President, is assisting in the recruitment of the
Director of Development for the Batten School.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to AJ
Davidson, Senior Search Consultant, at
To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume at
The search will be carried out with full confidentiality.
Additional information can be found at
The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to the
diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is
excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives
and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative
action employers. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to age, color,
disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national
or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex
(including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and
family medical or genetic information.