Assistant Director

Richmond, Virginia
Jul 29, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
Full Time

Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations - 0406143

The Development Office at James Madison University is responsible for developing and managing programs leading to private gifts which will support and advance the university's faculty, students and programs. The staff identifies potential donors, educates alumni, friends, corporations and foundations about financial needs of the university and conducts solicitations to meet these needs. The Development Office also serves as central coordinator for all fundraising efforts across the campus. The Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations is a staff member of the Development Office reporting to the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Fundraising efforts will be guided by the priorities of the university and its academic and administrative units.
The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations are the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of private gifts from corporations and foundations in support of university priorities. Projects will require close working relationships with colleagues in the Office of Development and the Division of University Advancement, as well with as faculty, administrators and other university officers; an understanding of the program goals and objectives of JMU's academic and administrative units and of the university as a whole; and an understanding of the funding interests and requirements of the corporate communities.
Qualifications include strong leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills; a minimum of five years corporate development experience or equivalent experience in a related field and demonstrated success as a proposal writer in higher education preferred; experience in team building, staff supervision and motivation and management; ability to balance multiple priorities and work effectively with staff, administrators, faculty, alumni and the members or boards and advisory groups; outstanding written and verbal communication skills; ability to work independently as well as a member of a larger team; ability to work effectively under deadline, set and maintain priorities and manage a variety of projects simultaneously; ability to relate to diverse constituencies; high comfort level with technology and willingness to travel extensively and to work flexible hours, including some evening and weekends. A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree is preferred.
To view the full posting and apply go to and reference posting number 0406143. Salary is commensurate with experience. James Madison University is committed to a diverse and inclusive community and to maintaining a work and educational environment that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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