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Chief Advancement Officer, DEI

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Senior Vice Pres Advancement
Department: Alumni Relations
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, Hybrid
Categories: Advancement

Job Description

Guided by the Ut Prosim (that I may serve) motto, Virginia Tech is committed to creating a more just and inclusive world, where students are prepared to be of service to anyone, anywhere, at any time. To help further this mission, University Advancement seeks a driven, collaborative development professional to fill the newly created role of Chief Advancement Officer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The uniqueness of this position will require the CAO, DEI to have formal and regular interaction with the Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity, as well as the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) to support the OID and University’s priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion. This role will also collaborate with the Associate Vice President for Presidential Priorities, supporting a segment of the comprehensive Presidential Priority of the Virginia Tech Advantage. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Advancement and Campaign Director, the CAO, DEI will be responsible for:

- Partnering with the Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity to align fundraising efforts with VT’s Advancing Inclusion priorities by planning and implementing a collaborative and integrated approach to development, communications and engagement programs that maximizes support for the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence and advances Virginia Tech’s strategic priorities related to inclusion and diversity.

- Coordinate discussions among academic leadership about individual and cross-unit collaborations essential to achieving DE&I fundraising goals.

- Meet or exceed established goals and targets, including:

> Securing gifts at the major and principal gifts levels in alignment with metrics defined for this level.

> In collaboration with the AVP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for University Advancement, develop a strategy to identity, cultivate, solicit, and steward support for DEI efforts across the institution.

> Liaise with College and Unit development offices, Planned Giving, Principal Gifts, LINK for Corporate and Foundation connections, and the Principal Partnerships Office to develop opportunities for coordinated solicitations.

Required Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree with significant and progressively responsible fundraising and leadership experience or a Master's degree.

- Demonstrated experience leading and supporting organizational strategic diversity and inclusion goals and objectives within a higher education environment, a corporate environment, or a nonprofit organization.

- Significant competency related to diversity education, diversity facilitation and diversity advocacy.

- Demonstrated successful track record in in fundraising, alumni relations, and/or event program management.

- Demonstrated management experience.

- Demonstrated capability of engaging, managing, and stewarding volunteers, advisory boards, donors, and professional staff.

- Demonstrated supervisory, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

- Strong computer skills, which should include desktop software and databases.

- Proven success in collaboration, teamwork, and communications to build productive relationships with senior administrators, key business leaders, faculty, staff, institutional boards, volunteers, and/or donors, leading to their engagement and investment in priority areas.

Preferred Qualifications

- Relevant change management experience and experience building new programs

- Success in developing and implementing effective fundraising strategies

- Experience managing volunteers and generating philanthropic support at an institution of higher learning or nonprofit organization

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Commensurate with experience 

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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

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