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Director of Development

University of Virginia
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jul 12, 2022

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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 strategies. 




§  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 $100,000+.
  • 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 and portfolio.
  • Ability to effectively articulate the School’s and University's educational mission, strategic aims, and programs.


Required Qualifications


  • 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.


Interpersonal Characteristics  


  • Highest level of integrity.
  • Creative, entrepreneurial, and resourceful.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities; self-directed and motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of emotional intelligence.
  • Thoughtful, transparent, and exceptionally collaborative.
  • Committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.


To Apply


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.

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