Director of development, school of social work

About the position

The Director of Development is the lead professional responsible for all fundraising and alumni engagement in the School of Social Work. Reporting to the Dean, they will develop a fundraising and engagement plan to drive all major gift activity for the School. They will manage a portfolio of donors that includes current and previous donors as well as new prospects, cultivating and stewarding their interest and involvement in the School with the goal of expanding and increasing the level of giving. The DOD will guide and manage the development team around a shared vision for success and serve as the school’s expert on best practices for fundraising, volunteer management, and stewardship. Annual performance reviews will be based on written, mutually approved operating plans and metrics developed in partnership with the VP DAR office, and conducted jointly by the Dean and the VP DAR Office.

How to apply

VCU’s Executive Search Team is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU job portal located at the link below:

VCU job portal:

Additionally, confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Tanya-Lee Giscombe. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to: 

Tanya-Lee Giscombe,

Lauren Guthrie,



Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, military status (including veteran status), genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.