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Athletic Major Gifts Officer

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Athletic Major Gifts Officer
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0180092
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Virginia Tech Athletic Fund is seeking to fill multiple Major Gifts Officer positions. Reporting to the Associate Athletic Director of Major Gifts, the Athletic Major Gifts Officer will assist the Sr. Associate Athletic Director of Development/Executive Director of the Hokie Club in carrying out the designated duties and responsibilities for the development program. This highly motivated professional will be involved with the planning and implementation of the fundraising efforts in support of current operations, endowment, and other capital purposes from all private sources. He/She will fulfill the duties under the direction of, and in close cooperation with, the Associate Athletic Director of Major Gifts, Sr. Associate Athletic Director of Development/Executive Director of the Hokie Club and the university’s central development office.

The Athletic Major Gifts Officer will:

- Develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies which include building, managing, and soliciting a portfolio of major gift prospects.

- Travel, on average, five to eight days per month to cultivate, solicit, steward, and identify prospects.

- Have a portfolio of between 100 – 125 prospects.

- Have typical solicitation ranges of $100,000 to $1,000,000+.

- Close $1,000,000+ per year using a three-year rolling average.

- Close on average 10 – 13 gifts per fiscal year.

- Establish strong working relationships with other central advancement, collegiate and constituent development officers and staff to foster a productive work environment.

Required Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree and experience or master’s degree required.

- 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 athletic program.

- The successful candidate will show evidence of the ability to motivate volunteers and donors, will be self-motivated, and will embrace the concept and attitude of teamwork in a complex organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

- A successful track record in major gift fundraising preferred.

- Demonstrated experience in higher education fundraising, athletic fundraising or other related experience.

- Preference for previous experience representing a Division I athletic department to external audiences.

- Preference for proven success in building productive, long-term relationships with key business leaders, faculty, staff, institutional boards, volunteers, and/or donors.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check, Other (Describe Below), Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates must apply online at and search for posting AP0180092. Include with the faculty application, a cover letter, resume, and list of five references. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process please notify the Human Resources Service Center, 540-231-9331, A review of applications will begin after 4/17/18.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Virginia Tech Athletic Fund
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8 am – 5 pm, M – F + as needed
Job Posting Date: 03/26/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/17/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran 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 any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  3. List of References
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