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Director of Major Gifts - College of Education and Social Services

UVM Foundation
Vermont, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 4, 2022

The UVM Foundation invites donor-centric development professionals to explore an exciting opportunity. The Director of Major Gifts – College of Education and Social Services is primarily responsible for major gift fundraising to benefit all programs with the College at the University of Vermont. The Director of Major Gifts reports to the Vice President for Development at the Foundation, in close collaboration with the Dean of the College of Education and Social Services.

The successful candidate will have a track record of securing five, six, and seven figure commitments, preferably within higher education and across all aspects of a university – capital improvements, program support, and student support.

The UVM Foundation is 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.

We support a people-centered workplace and to best meet the needs of our organization and our staff, the UVM Foundation provides a hybrid work environment with opportunities for flexibility and remote work depending on the responsibilities of the role.


For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please visit our website



75%     Proactively manage a portfolio of individual prospects. Develop and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies that lead to private investment in academic, research, and programmatic priorities for CESS and the University. Build and foster an environment for successful fundraising within the College 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 mid-level and 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.


15%     Collaborate with Foundation leadership and central support units of the Foundation to support fundraising for CESS 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 Education and Social Services Advisory Board. Partner with the Dean to identify meaningful engagement opportunities within CESS for members and securing new members who meet the giving criteria for membership.


5%       Other duties as assigned.


Specific standards of performance will be captured as metrics in an annual business plan.

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