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
  • Work with the Board Development Committee and development staff to help plan and execute campaign-related events
  • Travel for donor-cultivation/stewardship/solicitation visits as agreed upon with the Executive Director
  • Oversee and manage 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
  • 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

Preferred qualifications:

  • Advanced degree
  • Experience working on endowment or capital campaigns
  • Academic, library, or cultural arts experience preferred
  • Familiarity with the University of Virginia and/or college and university fundraising desired

Our organization offers a fast-paced, creative, and collaborative work environment, currently located on Central Grounds at the University of Virginia. Rare Book School, a non-profit organization, separate from but associated with the University, provides cutting-edge, specialized instruction vital for understanding and preserving artifacts central to our cultural heritage.

This is a full-time, exempt, benefited position. Benefits include health insurance (including dental and vision); long-term disability; and 403b 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 should be tendered before 10 June, 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.


Admissions Officer

Rare Book School (RBS) is searching for an organized and detail-oriented full-time Admissions Officer. The primary responsibility of the position is managing the processing of student applications for the School’s five-day, intensive courses relating to the study of manuscript, print, and digital textual objects. The Admissions Officer will report to the Director of Programs & Education and work closely with the Program Manager and Program Associate to maintain and improve upon the successful educational programming at RBS.

The Admissions Officer will be asked to:

  • manage incoming applications and outgoing admissions in the School’s database
  • communicate regularly with past, current, and prospective students and faculty regarding course enrollment, application processing, and admissions
  • transcribe handwritten course evaluations completed by participants
  • assist with course-specific advertising
  • update, prepare, collate, and prepare printed session materials (name tags, course evaluation forms, certificates, &c.)
  • assist with local Charlottesville arrangements relating to student accommodations
  • carry out other Programs-related duties as needed

Our organization offers a fast-paced, creative, and collaborative work environment, currently located on Central Grounds at the University of Virginia. Rare Book School, a non-profit organization, separate from but associated with the University, provides cutting-edge, specialized instruction vital for understanding and preserving artifacts central to our cultural heritage.

Required qualifications: Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree; strong attention to detail; steady work ethic; integrity; strong written and oral communication skills; the ability to perform repetitive tasks for sustained periods of time; ability to work with computers on a daily basis; and the ability to deliver high-quality customer service. The Admissions Officer must also be able to work longer hours, including weekends, during the course sessions, most of which are in the summer.

Desired qualifications: Proficiencies with Mac operating systems, the MS Office Suite, and the Adobe Creative Suite. Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style would be beneficial. Experience working with databases at a basic level is preferred.

This is a full-time, non-exempt, salaried position. Starting salary ranges from $37,000 to $42,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance, annual leave, sick leave, long-term disability, an RBS course each year, and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching contributions.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter discussing your qualifications and your interest in the position and the School
  • A c.v.
  • The phone numbers and email addresses of at least three professional references

Please send materials electronically to Laura Perrings, Director of Programs & Education, at laura.perrings@virginia.edu. Position open until filled.

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