Employment

Director of Development

Rare Book School (RBS), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the University of Virginia, seeks a bright and highly motivated individual to help lead the School’s fundraising operations in the midst of our most ambitious campaign to date. Our office is fast-paced, and our hardworking staff is passionate about the School’s mission as well as the humanities more broadly.

The Director of Development is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Rare Book School’s fundraising efforts, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and foundation and corporate support. This position is also responsible for maintaining and building on relationships with the School’s Board of Directors. The Director of Development reports to the School’s Executive Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Chief responsibility is the planning, developing, and executing of strategies to obtain private support for the School’s ongoing and long-term financial needs
  • With Executive Director, Development Manager, and senior staff, help create and execute fundraising priorities for the School
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to engage them in the fundraising process
  • Working with the Board Development Committee and development staff, help plan and execute campaign-related events
  • Travel for donor-cultivation/stewardship/solicitation visits
  • Lead both the Campaign Leadership Committee and the Development Committee to further fundraising strategies
  • Maintain a portfolio for leadership annual fund gifts and campaign gifts
  • Promote planned giving to members and donors and execute planned giving marketing plan
  • Supervise and provide leadership for the development team

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum five years’ development experience
  • Experience working on endowment or capital campaigns
  • Demonstrated knowledge of planned giving
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong communication skills including ability to write and speak persuasively about the School
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends, to travel, and must have a valid driver’s license
  • Academic, library, or cultural arts experience preferred
  • Familiarity with the University of Virginia and/or college and university fundraising desired

This is a full-time, exempt, benefited position. Benefits include health insurance (including dental and vision); long-term disability; and 403(b) retirement plan, including employer’s matching contribution (after one year). Salary will be commensurate with experience. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and a short sample of professional writing to (rbs_hr@virginia.edu). We welcome inquiries. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a successful applicant is found.

Rare Book School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

 


 

Program Manager, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage

Rare Book School (RBS) seeks a motivated, collaborative individual to join its team as Program Manager for the School’s new Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. The individual filling this position will manage and conduct the day-to-day work of the program. Ideally, the individual will have some knowledge of multicultural collections, and will also have some experience in facilitating or conducting education, outreach, and/or advocacy for issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate should be fully conversant with cultural competencies. The position requires excellent communication skills and attention to detail, as well as experience with event planning and managing payments. The position entails the following tasks:

  • advise and provide guidance for applicants, fellows, and other possible participants regarding course selection, application procedures, orientation to the program, and other fellowship activities. Such guidance might take place through email or phone correspondence, informational webinars, or the preparation of written guidelines
  • recruit applicants to and promote the fellowship program, through the production of a brochure, publication of fellowship information to a program webpage, and the creation and distribution of recruitment letters to allied organizations and individuals
  • create and update admissions materials and process applications
  • coordinate local arrangements and help plan content for fellowship activities, including committee meetings, orientations, field schools, and conference workshops
  • deploy, collect, analyze, and aggregate results of evaluation surveys (some training provided by assessment consultants)
  • track and initiate program-related payments and reimbursements, and monitor spending against budget
  • help with preparation of internal and external reporting

This position requires a service-oriented person who is highly committed to the educational aims of the School and the Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree, superior written and oral communication skills, provide evidence of organizational acumen and exceptional attention to detail, and must exhibit initiative, optimism, and the ability to listen well. The candidate must be collegial and able to work as part of a team. Preferred candidates will have familiarity with and special collections librarianship and/or diversity initiatives in cultural heritage institutions. Other desirable qualifications include the ability to travel occasionally for fellowship activities, previous experience in successfully managing projects and managing or mentoring people, and an advanced degree (e.g., M.L.I.S., M.A.).

This is a grant-funded, full-time, five-year position. Benefits include health insurance (including dental and vision); long-term disability; and 403(b) retirement plan, including employer’s matching contribution (after one year). To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and a short sample of professional writing to rbs_hr@virginia.edu. We welcome inquiries. Applications should be tendered before 15 July, if at all possible; thereafter, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a successful applicant is found.

Rare Book School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.