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Associate Director, Foundation Relations

Advancement, Executive / Director / Management, Fundraising, Other


Associate Director, Foundation Relations

  • 521573
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • University Development
  • Advancement
  • Executive / Director / Management
  • Fundraising
  • Other

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  • Administrative & Professional
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

LINK, Center for Advancing Partnerships is seeking an Associate Director of Foundation Relations to advance the goals Virginia Tech. LINK, a jointly-funded center between Advancement and the Office of Research and Innovation, supports university-wide strategic initiatives, program partnerships, and the university’s $550+ million research enterprise. The Associate Director of Foundation Relations, reporting to the Director of Foundation Relations, will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding foundations for support of academic programs and faculty research. Specific priorities will be assigned by the Director of Foundation Relations with the Associate Director expected to develop long term foundation partnerships while expanding existing relationships. Targeted fundraising objectives will align with Virginia Tech's strategic goals, distinct areas of excellence and geographic diversity.||The Associate Director will take a proactive approach to new prospect identification so as to secure new channels of philanthropic support for the university. A willingness to travel represents a prerequisite with this position designed to open / expand the university's foundation philanthropic reach. The Associate Director will possess sound proposal writing and communications skills and will be inherently collaborative.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and experience or Masters' degree.||Understanding of the nature of foundation philanthropy as it relates to higher education.||Demonstrated ability to communicate the critical role of foundation support in ensuring the success of the research, teaching and outreach mission of Virginia Tech to diverse groups of constituents.||Ability to determine how best to develop and maintain effective relationships with foundation partners and determine when and how a foundation can be successfully solicited for a gift.||Demonstrated ability to relate well to and understand the needs and interests of foundations in order to develop relationships between them and Virginia Tech.||Ability to promote Virginia Tech's fundraising and strategic priorities by developing excellent working relationships with faculty, senior academic leaders, advancement division teams, and senior foundation executives. ||Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google, large database and research applications.||Must demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to articulate the importance of higher education, and understand and articulate the critical role and priorities of the university and the development program.||The successful candidate will be self-motivated and will embrace the concept and attitude of teamwork in a complex organization.|

Preferred Qualifications

Preference given to candidates who demonstrate experience in major gift fundraising in higher education fundraising, university administration, or other related experience.||Demonstrated successful direct experience in soliciting major gifts in an academic or other complex nonprofit setting.||Demonstrated successful track record in corporate/foundation or individual major gift fundraising.||Demonstrated experience in preparing fundraising and/or business case proposals.|| Preference for previous experience representing a higher education institution to external audiences.||Preference for proven success in building productive, long term relationships with senior administrators, key business leaders, faculty, staff, institutional boards, volunteers, and/or donors.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Advancement HR at advhr@vt.edu  during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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