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Chief Advancement Officer, Division of Student Affairs

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Chief Advancement Officer, Division of Student Affairs
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0180085
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 Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) for the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) will be the senior leader within DSA charged with informing, engaging, partnering with, and securing financial support from a diverse spectrum of parents and families, alumni, and friends of Virginia Tech. As the chief fundraiser, the CAO will lead development, alumni affairs, and engagement activities for parents and families, as well as student leader alumni while working seamlessly with the DSA chief communications officer to develop a DSA Advancement structure. The CAO will formulate and implement a strategic advancement plan, including appropriate staffing levels, to complement the strategic plans of the Division of Student Affairs and the University.

Reports jointly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Assistant Vice President for Leadership Gifts and Annual Giving.

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

Have a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects

Have a typical solicitation range of $250,000 to $1,000,000

Close $2,000,000 per year using a three year rolling average

Close on average 10 – 13 gifts per fiscal year

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with significant and progressively responsible fundraising and leadership experience or Master’s degree.

Demonstrated successful track record in leadership gifts fundraising at the $5,000-$100,000 level (and higher), and alumni relations, or event program management.

Demonstrated fundraising management experience.

Demonstrated capability of motivating and deploying volunteers, professional staff and donors.

Must have demonstrated supervisory, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

Must have demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion.

Must have strong computer skills, which should include desktop software and databases.

Strong motivation and proven ability to work well as both a leader and contributing team member within a complex organization requiring collaboration, teamwork, and communications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference given to candidates who demonstrate relevant change management experience and experience building new programs.

Preference given to candidates with experience managing parent and family engagement as well as alumni fundraising programs in a University setting.

Experience working with high level individuals to advance relationships which will lead to their investment in priority areas.

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

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Must have a criminal background check.

Background check to include a driver’s license check.

Position requires travel regionally and nationally, including overnight and weekends.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates must apply online at and search for posting AP0180085. 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 04/11/2018.

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: University Development
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8 am – 5 pm, M – F + as needed
Job Posting Date: 03/14/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/11/2018
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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  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree and experience or a Master's degree?
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Required Documents

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