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Development Officer

Development Officer

  • https://jobs.vccs.edu/postings/50098
  • Virginia
  • Virginia Highlands Community College

Title: Development Officer

Agency: Virginia Highlands Community College

Location: Washington - 191

FLSA: Exempt

Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience

Full Time or Part Time: Full Time

Additional Detail

Job Description:
Virginia Highlands Community College serves our community by providing quality and affordable education, training, and cultural activities through an array of flexible, diverse programs that enable community members to succeed today and in the future.

The faculty, staff, and stakeholders of Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) enjoy the privilege of serving the citizens of the commonwealth who reside in Washington County, western Smyth County, and the city of Bristol, VA. One of 23 institutions in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), VHCC is a beacon for educational opportunities, in view of Mt. Rogers and Whitetop Mountain at Exit 14 on Interstate 81 in Abingdon, VA. With a robust 54-year heritage, VHCC serves students in the service region through a Workforce Development Division, a Professional and Technical Studies Division, an Arts and Sciences Division, and a Nursing Division. VHCC awards credentials and continuing education courses as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees, Associate of Arts and Sciences degrees, certificates, and career studies certificates.

Located in the heart of historic Abingdon, Virginia, VHCC provides great university transfer and workforce education programs for students from Washington and Smyth counties, the City of Bristol, and the surrounding region. The award-winning, 100-acre VHCC campus is conveniently located at Exit 14 on I- 81, and is equipped with generous teaching spaces, fully equipped instructional labs, the Keyser-Aday Theater, Wolf Grounds Coffee Shop, Collins Student Center, disc golf course – and wonderful faculty and staff. VHCC is a great place to work and learn!

Responsibilities:  Responsible for coordinating a range of engagement activities that result in constituents developing new/deeper bonds with and a greater affection for the mission of the College and the Educational Foundation to increase funding and engagement.  The primary areas of responsibility for this position will be:
  • Work with the Vice President to plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive grant, categorical funding, and contract (sponsored programs) procurement effort focused on college priorities.
  • Directly responsible for college-wide sponsored programs procurement in the public, private, and non-profit sectors – from concept and pre-proposal storyboarding through writing, award negotiation and award management.
  • Manage the Foundation’s student assistance and scholarship programs, from both the student and donor perspective.
  • Maintain a fundraising portfolio of corporate, foundation, and individual prospects, communicate with current and prospective donors to build relationships and secure donations, sponsorships, and other support.
  • Plan and implement promotional/special events and coordinate event-day logistics.
  • Meet annual sponsored programs and fundraising goals per the development strategic operating plan.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:


  • Successful history of professional achievement related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully securing grants, categorical funding, and/or contracts from public and private sources.
  • Fundraising, development, or grant management experience preferred.
  • Experience with DonorPerfect or equivalent database system preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will show evidence of the ability to:

  • Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree.
  • Work independently in a fast-paced environment; have organizational abilities with fluency in managing multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing including proper use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, editing and proof reading.
  • Results-driven with highly developed interpersonal, conversational and presentational skills, demonstrating an emotional intelligence and situational awareness.
  • Prioritize tasks and utilize front-line decision-making skills to problem-solve.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, and experience with CRM or database systems.
  • Maintain a high level of ethics and confidentiality in performance of all job duties.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders important to the college.


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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