Principal Gifts Officer

Virginia Tech
January 8, 2019
Blacksburg, Virginia
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Virginia Tech would like to invite applicants for the position of:
Principal Gifts Officer, Posting AP0180350

Reporting to the associate vice president for principal gifts, the Principal Gifts Officer is a senior development officer assigned to the highest-level development prospects for Virginia Tech. The individual will serve as a visible frontline fundraiser and manage a portfolio of 15 to 35 principal gifts prospects. This position focuses on strategy development as well as staff support, planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives for individuals assigned to the prospect pool. The Principal Gifts Officer's primary emphasis is identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding high-level prospects who have the capacity to make transformative gifts of $5 million or greater to Virginia Tech. The Principal Gifts Officer will work closely with the vice president for advancement, the associate vice president for principal gifts, the president, deans, and with other key academic leaders to set short and long-term donor-centric strategies and develop initiatives to advance each prospect's meaningful connection to the university to set the stage for solicitation in accordance with university priorities. Given the nascent profile of Virginia Tech's principal giving program, the Principal Gifts Officer must embrace the role of teacher and mentor of corresponding best practices. S/he must also champion the strategic engagement, creativity, and poise required to inspire and mobilize the aspirations of internal partners and prospective donors alike, and exemplify the sophisticated stewardship essential to maintaining and expanding donor relationships.

Interested candidates must apply online at and search for posting AP0180350. Include with the faculty application, a cover letter, resume, and list of five references. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process please notify the Human Resources Service Center, 540-231-9331,

A review of applications will begin after December 31, 2018.

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