Summary: The Development Director of the WVSOM
Foundation’s main objective is to provide leadership in the
achievement of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s
(WVSOM) overall strategic fundraising plan. This includes
procuring funds to support WVSOM’s programs to promote WVSOM’s
mission. This position reports to the WVSOM President and works
collaboratively with the WVSOM Foundation, Inc. Board of
General Duties and Responsibilities
- Procure funds for the Foundation annually based on the target
amount established and approved by the Foundation Board of
Directors. This would be completed by:
- Locating sources of funding, approaching suitable funders (i.e.
individuals, foundations or corporations/business that are local,
regional and/or national), and soliciting major donors. These tasks
- Development of an efficient and productive prospecting system
that produces a significant number of qualified leads for direct
cultivation and solicitation of gift opportunities.
- Building effective, meaningful, and long-term relationships
with individuals with an inclination and capacity to support the
- Uses skill and persuasion to inspire passion for the values and
mission of the organization.
- Correspond via the preferred method of communication and
meeting with donors, and then acknowledging and recording all gifts
in the appropriate donor database system.
- Capitalize on the opportunities for engagement.
- Strategically build a case for support that leads to a donor
who is invested in the organization financially and
- Assisting with writing and reviewing grant proposals for
submission to ensure compliance with funding guidelines,
demonstrate strong program design, and a present a compelling need
for financial support.
- Work with WVSOM Grant Writer to draft Letter of Intents (LOIs),
grant application narratives and budgets, and collaborate to
finalize with development, program and finance staff, along with
the VP for Community Engagement and Development.
- Provide leadership and assist the WVSOM’s fund raising
activities to include:
- Annual Spring and End of Year Campaigns
- Capital Campaigns
- Payroll Deductions
- Planned Giving Programs
- Matched Giving Programs
- Management of Scholarship Funds
- Any other fund-raising activities as directed or approved by
the President of WVSOM
- Maintain contacts outside WVSOM through involvement in
professional foundations and development organizations.
- Assist in providing Development and Foundation information as
required for the WVSOM Magazine. This includes working with
designers for marketing and promotional materials, and working with
other departments for marketing and promotional materials.
- Support the daily operations of the Foundation to include:
- Overseeing and assuring compliance within the Foundation, which
is the gift receiving arm of WVSOM.
- Maintain relationships with the Foundation Board and coordinate
Board activities, including:
- Providing directors regular updates on fundraising
- Assisting in the development and implementation of sound Board
policies and procedures;
- Maintaining accurate Foundation records;
- Assisting with the Foundation Audit on an annual basis;
- Assisting with the Foundation Annual Report;
- Assisting in implementation of Board directives.
- Participate in WVSOM events and activities and otherwise play
an active role as part of the team to advance the mission of
- Perform other related functions as needed or directed.
Education and Experience
This position requires a Master’s degree in business, public
administration, or related. Successful candidate should have five
years non-profit fund-raising experience, preferably in higher
education. A combination of education and experience may also
be considered for this position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and
sensitivities. This position requires the presence, poise, and
demeanor to inspire comfort and confidence among donors and
prospects. The ability to build rapport and have a genuine desire
to build lasting relationships is essential to this role.
- Ability to articulate WVSOM’s mission and vision with passion
- Requires strong organizational skills, focus, and goal-oriented
coupled with a high level of initiative, creativity, energy,
flexibility, and the ability to work independently. Ability to be
flexible, adaptable, and able to shift focus and/or priorities as
demands and/or direction changes.
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively,
work well under pressure, and manage details of several concurrent
projects effectively and successfully.
- Enhanced writing skills including the ability to craft
meaningful fundraising letters, compelling proposals, and other
written communication as needed for this role.
- A high level of personal and professional integrity with a
commitment to ethical fundraising.
- Demonstrated knowledge of general accounting principles.
- Maintain successful working relationships with volunteer
- Commitment to building collegiality and collaboration in a team
environment with peers, have the ability to give and receive
advice, foster collaborative decision making, and achieve
- Gained proficiency in Windows applications and fundraising
software (DonorPerfect or ScaleFunder knowledge preferred) and
willingness to learn new applications as necessary.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently and to work
outside the normal schedule including early morning meetings,
evening engagements, and weekend obligations as required for the
This is a full-time, non-classified position; it is exempt from
FLSA regulations concerning overtime. Not all activities of this
position occur within the confines of an 8:00-4:30 schedule and may
require evening and weekend scheduling as needed. The weekly
schedule for this position will be established between the
supervisor and the employee and approved given the needs of the
department and the institution.
This position has been designated as Essential. This means that
when WVSOM is faced with an institutional emergency, employees in
such positions may be required to remain at their work location or
to report to work to protect, recover and continue operations at
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal
opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing diversity among
its faculty and staff.