West Virginia State University — Executive Director of Major and Planned Gifts

West Virginia State University
Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University (WVSU) is a public-land grant institution, which was originally founded as a historically black university, but which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated and multi-generational institution serving approximately 3,514 students. The University is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. WVSU offers 23 undergraduate and six graduate degrees through its four colleges. WVSU competes in athletics at the NCAA Division II level in five men’s sports and five women’s sports. WVSU is located in Institute, WV, a suburb of Charleston, the largest city and the capital of West Virginia. With more than 300,000 people living in the metropolitan area, it is an active, exciting and engaging community, boasting cultural and historical events, music, festivals and entertainment.

Position Description
The Executive Director will serve as part of an integrated Advancement team dedicated to supporting West Virginia State University’s mission by engaging alumni, friends, and organizations in active support of the University. The Executive Director will provide leadership for the University’s major gifts and planned giving programs, focusing on individual giving. The Executive Director will work with administrative leaders to increase philanthropic support for their units, and will engage West Virginia State University Foundation Board members and volunteers in identifying and developing relationships with prospective major and planned giving donors. The Executive Director will also serve as liaison to the WVSU Foundation Development Committee.

The Executive Director reports to the Vice President for University Advancement and is a member of the University Advancement Office. This position requires travel within the local Kanawha Valley area, the state of West Virginia, and nationally, as well as attendance at occasional evening and weekend activities. Candidates of diverse background are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities for the Executive Director of Major and Planned Gifts:

  • Work closely with the Vice President for University Advancement, the Assistant Vice President for University Advancement, and the WVSU Foundation Board of Directors to develop fundraising goals and strategies to support the University’s strategic goals.
  • Support the work of WVSU Foundation Board members, including training, mentoring and equipping board members to engage in identification, cultivation and solicitation of major and planned gifts.
  • In collaboration with the Vice President for University Advancement, provide leadership for the University’s major gifts and planned giving programs, working with colleagues in University Advancement and University leaders (President, Provost, Deans, Vice Presidents and Athletic Director) in support of individual units and the University as a whole.
  • Lead the Moves Management Team, providing strategic leadership and professional development for team members and monitoring their progress with donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Serve as liaison to the WVSU Foundation Development Committee.
  • Create and execute cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for a personal portfolio of 50 to 100 prospective donors.
  • Nurture relationships with alumni and friends and encourage their active engagement with and support of West Virginia State University. Through personal visits, special events, contact with volunteers, and research, identify and work with those who have the capacity to make significant gifts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements for the Executive Director of Major and Planned Gifts:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • At least five years’ experience and a successful track record of fundraising, particularly in a higher education setting, strongly preferred.
  • Experience with management, communication, sales, and marketing are also desirable.
  • The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal, relationship building and written communication skills, experience with relationship management databases, and the ability to handle long-term detail-oriented projects.
  • Must be willing to take the initiative on projects as well as function as part of a team.
  • Employment contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Salary Statement
Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply
Send cover letter, resume and names, addresses, telephone numbers with email addresses of three professional references to:

West Virginia State University
Executive Director of Major and Planned Gifts
Human Resources Department
PO Box 1000/105 Cole Complex
Institute, WV 25112-1000
Or email to: hr@wvstateu.edu

Closing Date: December 17, 2020 or until suitable candidate is found

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Human Resources at (304) 766-3156 and/or hr@wvstateu.edu.

West Virginia State University conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

West Virginia State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. No person shall be denied admission to educational programs, activities or employment on the basis of any legally protected status, or be subjected to prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.