MAJOR GIFTS EXECUTIVE FOR CHURCH ADVANCEMENT
Virginia Union University (VUU) seeks candidates for the full-time position of Major Gifts Executive for Church Advancement, reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and the Dean of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology. This Development Director is a key member of the Advancement team and seeks the Major Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Grants, and works with the Dean of the School of Theology as well as Advancement Research staff to ensure that strategic goals of the School of Theology to raise funds for student financial aid are met as set out in the Lilly Endowment grant agreement which funds a portion of this position.
The Major Gifts Executive identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards prospects to ensure a strong base of ongoing student scholarship assistance for the School of Theology. The position works with the Dean of the School of Theology, the internal Program Director noted in the Lilly Endowment grant agreement, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement to set performance and department goals, monitors work and evaluates results to ensure that departmental and operating requirements are met and are in line with the needs and mission of the School of Theology and as stated in the grant agreement. The Major Gifts
Executive will also play an integral role in the execution of a future capital campaign for the School of Theology. This position will assist with Founder’s Day, Ellison Convocation, Hampton Minister’s Conference, and other key STVUU events to assist with fellowship and fundraising. The Major Gifts Executive will also provide overall fundraising for VUU with other duties as assigned.
Planning and Reporting
• Develops and implements an annual plan for departmental operations;
• Participates in the work of the Advancement team;
• Communicates and interacts with prospects as required;
• Provides strategic information and guidance to assist in developing goals, plans and procedures;
• Facilitates and works with the members of the Development department, the Dean of the School of Theology, and internal Program Director of the grant on matters including budgeting, program direction;
• Develops strategies and approaches to generate higher levels of giving in solicitation of individual donors for School of Theology scholarship assistance; and corporate/foundation arenas;
• Ensure that all major and planned giving donors receive appropriate and consistent recognition;
• Assist in the stewardship planning process for endowed fund donors;
• Work with Advancement Staff on Research on discovering new prospect potential;
• Inform and involve key constituents in increasing endowed scholarships for STVUU students;
• Work with faculty, Admissions, Career Services, and Dean of the School to both ensure that the Development Staff is up to date on current activities specific to each area and to seek their help when appropriate with donors and prospects.
• Solicit donors for VUU financial support.
Alumni and Friend Engagement
• Responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of assigned portfolio of School of Theology alumni and friends as identified by the Dean of the School of Theology in cooperation with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement ;
• An understanding of Christian church operations, national associations, and related matters;
• Regional travel for major and planned giving, as assigned.
• Accepts other duties, as assigned by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Dean of the School of Theology;
• Attends School events during the evening and weekends.
• Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s degree preferred
• Three to five plus years of progressive development experience, preferably in a college or university (or, other not-for-profit management, alumni relations, or similar work experience or a religious organization); the successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of major gift fundraising;
• Candidates will have a background and knowledge of diverse areas of development, not limited to such areas of annual giving, major gifts, endowment, corporations, foundations, special events, and stewardship;
• Strong organizational and time management skills;
• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills with a keen ability to listen;
• Comfort with personal computers and related software programs, as well as donor databases is necessary;
• Willingness to travel frequently and to work weekends and evenings and work part-time;
• A valid driver’s license is required;
• Grant funded position, as funds are available (half grant position) and general funds.
Please send cover letter, resume and contact information of three professional references electronically to Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also mail the documentation to Human Resources Office, 1500 Lombardy St., Richmond, VA 23220. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Virginia Union University’s Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology is the only graduate program at VUU. We welcome applications from persons of all backgrounds. EOE.