University Development Lead

Southern Virginia University is seeking a motivated and talented professional to lead its fundraising efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Fundraising experience, especially for an NPO
  • Prior leadership and management experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior social intelligence and interpersonal abilities
  • Data experience, including systems, management, and reporting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • Sales management and leadership experience, especially in higher education

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work closely with university president to lead university fundraising efforts
  • Plan, implement, and oversee strategic fundraising program designed to raise $20M annually
  • Identify and secure sources of funding through long- and short-term donors and foundations
  • Manage development team including activity of gift officers; optimize day-to-day operations
  • Proactively manage relationships with key donors and stakeholders, including regular travel
  • Execute annual giving campaign(s) and special fundraising-related events
  • Create accurate and regular financial and giving reports

About Southern Virginia University

Established in 1996, Southern Virginia University is a private, self-reliant, four-year residential college aligned with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our mission is to gather faithful Latter-day Saints and like-minded students, lift them in intellect, character, and spirituality, and launch them into successful lives and careers.

Nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains at the southern end of the idyllic Shenandoah Valley, Southern Virginia University maintains a campus environment, including a Code of Conduct, in harmony with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We welcome all applicants who will live by and support our standards. Learn more at


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Human Resources at Application reviews will begin immediately.