Director of Development for the Contemplative Sciences Center

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OrganizationUniversity of Virginia Advancement
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineSeptember 28, 2019
College Degree Required?Yes
Phone(434) 924-6315


In conjunction with the launch of the $5B Honor the Future campaign, the University of Virginia’s Office of Advancement seeks an experienced fundraising professional to fill the role of Director of Development for the Contemplative Sciences Center.

The Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia is transforming education to enable students at all levels, K-12, undergraduate, graduate, professional, and lifelong, to flourish. Students flourish in learning environments that promote their well-being—the realization of both deep states of health and wellness and their highest potential in all aspects of life (physical, social, emotional, cognitive, academic, and professional)—and their development of knowledge, mindsets, and practices that empower them to contribute to the well-being and flourishing of other people, other communities, and the natural world. Led by Executive Director David Germano, a professor of Buddhist studies at UVA and an expert on using contemplative pedagogy and digital technology, CSC’s programs and initiatives combine scholarship, innovative pedagogies, and extracurricular programs with social innovation and transformative technologies to better understand and facilitate student flourishing. A pan-University organization, CSC serves and collaborates with students, faculty, and staff throughout UVA’s 11 schools as well as an international network of higher education institutions furthering the cause of individual, collective, and ecological flourishing.

Reporting jointly to CSC’s Executive Director and University Advancement’s Associate Vice President for Development, the Director of Development will serve as part of CSC’s core leadership team and its chief development officer, overseeing all aspects of fundraising.  In addition, the Director of Development will provide oversight of communications and marketing for CSC.

The Director of Development will join CSC at an exciting time in UVA history—the beginning of a capital campaign. Having celebrated its bicentennial in 2017, UVA has embarked on a groundbreaking $5 billion capital campaign, the Honor the Future campaign, that will advance the priorities of every school and unit, support new and existing programs, and fund capital projects. The public phase of the Honor the Future campaign will launch in October 2019.

The Director of Development will:

  • Lead fundraising efforts as chief development officer for CSC by dedicating a significant portion of their time to fundraising from established principal and major gift donors while identifying new prospects.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan to include special events, communications, sponsorships, annual campaigns, and principal and major gift strategies.
  • Manage and grow a portfolio of current and prospective donors for CSC’s top initiatives.  This portfolio will include both individuals and foundations.
  • Travel nationally to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects for CSC.
  • Represent CSC to university leadership and the entire advancement community by educating on the mission/needs of CSC and establishing collaborative team approach to fundraising.
  • Manage, mentor, and develop a team of professionals that currently includes an Associate Director, Communications and Development Associate.
  • Staff, advise and brief the Executive Director on all aspects of fundraising and communications.
  • Provide staff support to CSC’s Advisory Board.


Education: Bachelor’s degree


  • Eight years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to frequently travel domestically with occasional evening and weekend work.

Licensure: Driver’s License


Education: Master’s Degree


  • Prior experience in non-profit or higher education fundraising and staffing senior leaders and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, sales or managing relationships with high net worth individuals.
  • Track record of demonstrating a high degree of initiative, flexibility and will have the skills to
  • shape and be shaped by an evolving fundraising initiative.
  • Exceptional communication skills, a high degree of personal integrity and have the ability to keep the big picture in focus while attending to the small details.
  • Experience using data to evaluate and plan.


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

This position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance.  The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at

How to Apply:

Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration, please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘ R0009753 ‘. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for ‘ R0009753 .’ Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.