DIRECTOR OF MAJOR GIFTS, GROSSMAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT FOUNDATION
Reporting to the Vice President for Development of the UVM Foundation with dotted-line reporting to the Dean of the Grossman School of Business, the Director of Major Gifts has primary responsibility for major gifts fundraising to benefit the Grossman School of Business, developing and executing cultivation and solicitation strategies that lead to private investment in academic, research, and programmatic priorities for the School of Business and the University of Vermont. The Director will build and foster an environment for successful fundraising within the school by preparing the Dean, Associate Deans, Chairs, and key faculty to participate effectively in fundraising and development activities.
Since 1791, the University of Vermont (UVM) has worked to move humankind forward. Today, UVM is a Public Ivy and top research university of a perfect size – large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study, from bachelor’s to M.D. programs. At UVM, students’ educational experience and activities are enriched by the university's location – from the energy and innovation of Burlington to the forests, farms, and independent spirit of Vermont. UVM provides students endless ways to explore the world, challenge ideas, and dig in on the most pressing issues of our time.
UVM offers over 100 majors in seven undergraduate schools and colleges; 54 master's degree programs; 26 doctoral programs; 35 accelerated master's programs; an M.D. program; four pre-professional advising options (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-vet, pre-law); and is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Grossman School of Business cultivates the ability to create and manage sustainable businesses that address ethical, social, and environmental challenges and opportunities in the complex and dynamic global environment. It develops graduates who are professional, technically competent, and entrepreneurial. Its faculty create impact through teaching, research, and scholarship. The Grossman School of Business educates responsible managers for success in complex, global, multi-stakeholder, and sustainable environments. Its students and faculty are passionate about building better organizations and a better society. Around 95% of all business students participate in at least one internship and 98% of the students have jobs within six months of graduation. Experiential learning is a crucial component of student success. Internship and study abroad opportunities, case and business pitch competitions, networking events with prominent alumni and local and regional business leaders, career panels, and business leaders on campus are an important part of the curriculum.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position. At least four years of successful major gifts fundraising-related experience, preferably in higher education; or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill, and abilities can be demonstrated is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the University of Vermont Foundation.