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Assistant Director Student Philanthropy

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice Pres Advancement
Department: Alumni Relations
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Executive / Director / Management, Alumni Relations

Job Description

Under direction from the Director of Student Engagement and Philanthropy, the Assistant Director, Student Philanthropy will serve as an integral member of the Student and Young Alumni Engagement team, spearheading engagement and education initiatives that lead to a lifelong relationship with the university and increase giving participation of undergraduate students and alumni.

The Assistant Director, Student Philanthropy will be a key relationship-builder, identifying and creating opportunities to drive philanthropic support for causes around which current students and undergraduate alumni are most passionate. This role will focus on three critical areas: Senior Class Gift, Virginia Tech Giving Day, and student philanthropy initiatives, serving as a resource to assist student organizations that focus on fundraising and are seeking to increase their impact on the Virginia Tech campus community.

This role will collaborate with the Office of Annual Giving and other strategic areas of University Advancement, as well as the Division of Student Affairs to establish clear strategies, develop action plans, and set goals and priorities, employing fresh outreach methods and tactics, as well as provide guidance on the approach to student facing marketing efforts.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree and experience equating to an advanced degree.

Experience in event planning, fundraising, educational programming, and/or alumni activities; admissions and/or student recruitment activity, as well as working with high school and college personnel.

Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, with strong group presentation skills.

Ability to work closely and effectively with alumni, university administrators and faculty members throughout the organization.

Proven ability to work successfully in a large complex, sometimes ambiguous environment.

Must be willing to work evenings/weekends and travel as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to train and motivate volunteers.

Demonstrated ability to organize and complete multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.

Significant experience developing effective strategies for planning events to enhance philanthropic support.

Working knowledge of social media and experience using it to engage target populations with segmentation and tailoring of messages.

Knowledge of Virginia Tech and its programs desirable.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

October 25 ,2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

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 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 on any other basis protected by law.

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