The Director of the Annual Fund (“Director”) provides overall strategy, leadership and direction for the Virginia Athletics Foundation’s (“Foundation”) annual giving program. The Director oversees the comprehensive strategy and implementation of all annual fund activities, to include special interest groups such as Friends Of, Cavaliers for Life and other as identified. The Director manages all aspects of the annual fund including identification, cultivation, and solicitation while maintaining a portfolio of 100 leadership annual giving and major gift prospects. The Director will also oversee fundraising responsibilities for a limited number of Olympic sport programs.
The Director should demonstrate a strategic approach to fundraising, have at least five years of fundraising experience, and be able to demonstrate a successful track record of soliciting and acquiring annual, major and planned gifts.
The Director takes direction from the Executive Director and works in close partnership with the Chief Operating Officer and the entire fundraising team and supporting areas. Providing leadership for an annual giving team, the Director will engage, manage, and develop collaboration among a staff of assistant directors. The Director will also work closely with the Foundation’s stewardship coordinator to appropriately acknowledge annual fund donors
The Director will serve as the main liaison between the Virginia Athletics Ticket office and the Foundation, overseeing priority seating communications, benefit fulfillment processes and priority seating/parking strategy.
The Director will have responsibility for managing the Foundation’s Membership and Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Leads and manages the annual giving team to include assistant directors
Develops the annual fund plan with specific goals and performance metrics
Develops and implements successful strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of donors and prospects at all annual giving levels
Maintain a portfolio of 100 leadership annual and major gift prospects
Serve as lead fundraiser for a limited number of Olympic sport programs
Develops and cultivates new prospective donor relationships and strives to expand the Foundation’s annual fund donor base
Coordinates appropriate fundraising materials including letters, collateral materials, and the
yearly annual fund brochure
About Virginia Athletics Foundation
The Virginia Athletics Foundation, through its fund-raising efforts, strives to support a preeminent intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Virginia by providing student-athletes the opportunity to achieve academic and athletic excellence.