Virginia Commonwealth University has an opportunity for a Major Gift Officer to join a dynamic development team in the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia Campus. Situated in the heart of the capital city of Virginia, VCU is an urban, Research I Extensive institution with 32,000 students and a richly diverse university community with an academic medical center that serves as the region's safety net hospital and level one trauma center.
From its beginnings in 1838 to today, the School of Medicine has maintained a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and health care. Raising an average of $30M in private support annually, the Development Office of the VCU School of Medicine is an integrated program that works in cooperation with faculty and staff of the VCU Medical Center and the university’s central office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) to meet overarching university fundraising objectives.
With less than 20 months left in the university’s comprehensive campaign, the School of Medicine seeks a senior major gift officer to secure major gifts from grateful patients, MD alumni, former residents and trainees, as well as friends of the medical center and the school. The position also will staff one or more assigned disease corridors. Successful candidates must be experienced development professionals willing to support a HIPPA-compliant environment that is team-oriented and highly-productive. The position will require extensive national travel.
Manage 125 prospects and meet annual performance expectations including 120 face to face visits and submission of 25-30 major gift proposals to generate more than $1M in documented gift income.
Serve as the subject matter expert and development liaison for select academic departments and divisions and identify, cultivate and solicit grateful patients who have a connection to assigned departments, divisions and/or disease corridors.
Collaborate with fellow development staff, faculty members, and administrators from the medical school, VCUHS and VCU DAR to design and deploy donor-centric cultivation and solicitation strategies that support medicine and health development and alumni engagement activities.
Maintain accurate and timely prospect records and actively work to meet individual and unit performance goals.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) and three or more years of progressively responsible professional experience in higher education development or a related field; experience in an academic medical setting strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience soliciting and closing leadership annual fund gifts and/or major and planned gifts is required. The competitive candidate will be an ethical fundraising professional who is motivated, attentive to detail, intellectually curious, and possessing extraordinary communication skills as well as the ability to work both independently and in coordination with colleagues and stakeholders. Candidates must be able to travel extensively (locally and nationally) at least 50 business days per year and to work nights and weekends. Travel involving automobile is required and a valid driver’s license is necessary. Candidates should possess a personal commitment to the fundraising industry as evidenced through a stellar work ethic and high standards of practice as well as demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Applicants should apply online at https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/84835 and candidate packages should include a cover letter noting interest in position FA3260, a resume, salary history, and a list of three professional references (one must be a current or former supervisor). Incomplete application packages may not be considered. A review of applications will begin immediately; position open until filled. Inquiries about the vacancy should be directed to Amy Lane, Director of Major Gifts for the Medical School, at email@example.com.
To learn more about the VCU community, please visit http://www.vcu.edu/about/ and http://www.vcuhealth.org/. Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: FA3260
About Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University is a premier urban, public research university focused on academic success. VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 13 schools and one college, offering 64 bachelor’s, 74 master’s, 40 doctoral, and three first-professional degree programs and 41 post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificate programs. VCU’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, embraces the university’s vision as a premier urban, public research university focused on student success. The plan provides a strategic framework for capitalizing on the outstanding assets that form the VCU experience. Recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation, VCU is one of only 40 institutions nationwide to receive Carnegie designations as a Research University with Very High Research Activity and Community Engaged and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.