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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Guthrie, email@example.com
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
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- Stephanie Odera, director of field education and associate professor in teaching
- Denise Burnette, Samuel S. Wurtzel endowed faculty chair in social work and professor
- Anna Givens, senior development specialist
- Marc Cheatham, founder, the cheats movement
- Frank R Baskind, dean emeritus and professor
- Peterson Sherry, MSW advisory committee member
- James Wasilewski, senior director of university development