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
For a more detailed description of
the position and information on how to apply, please visit our
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
Specific standards of performance will be captured as metrics in
an annual business plan.