Company: University of Virginia
Date posted: September 4, 2019
The University of Virginia (UVA) seeks an experienced professional to serve as Director of Development for the Data Science Institute as part of the transition to the proposed School of Data Science in Fall 2019. This position will play an integral role in realizing the vision of the School of Data Science and advancing the mission to achieve excellence in data-driven research and education by solving important societal problems and providing the workforce of tomorrow.
The Data Science Institute & The School of Data Science
UVA has announced plans to establish a School of Data Science, an effort made possible in part by the largest private gift in the institution’s 200-year history. The School of Data Science – UVA’s 12th school and the first established since 2007 – will position the University as a global leader in efforts to improve society through teaching and research based on the powerful, emerging field of data science. It builds on a foundation set in place at UVA by the Data Science Institute (DSI), a pan-University institute established in 2013 that grants graduate degrees and has a dual mission in education and research. The new School of Data Science will be a school without walls and seeks to establish new and exciting types of relationships with the private sector. The School proposes to ultimately offer both doctoral and undergraduate degree programs and certificate programs, helping to meet soaring demand for qualified data science professionals in a field that plays a key role in the global information-based economy. The work crosses disciplines, departments, schools and colleges to leverage UVA’s combined capabilities in data science, and to create meaningful partnerships with government, corporate, and community partners committed to responsible, collaborative, open, and inclusive data science.
Honor the Future Campaign
The Director of Development will join the University at an exciting time in its history—the beginning of both a new presidency and 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. Over the last several years, the University has seen tremendous growth in its fundraising performance, going from $274.2 million in total commitments in fiscal year 2014 to $556.5 million this past fiscal year. With over half of the campaign goal already secured to date, the public phase of the Honor the Future campaign will launch in fall 2019.
Key Priorities for this Position
The role of Director of Development for the Data Science Institute is a remarkable opportunity for a seasoned professional with experience working with investors or corporate, foundation, and individual donors to make a difference for vital societal needs. The Director of Development will report directly to the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations within University Advancement. The Associate Director for Operations and Strategic Initiatives within the Data Science Institute will direct content and priorities and will participate in goal-setting and annual evaluations. The Director will develop and implement a short and long-term development plan to meet established goals and objectives and will serve as a key member of the Institute team. This includes, but is not limited to, the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of principal and major gift-level prospects, with a focus on corporate and foundation prospects. They will travel to make donor/prospect visits, with many of these visits being joint meetings with the director or a senior member of the Institute’s team. Since the Institute’s work is based on a cross-disciplinary, ‘no walls’ approach, partnerships with peers across Grounds will be essential to the incumbent’s success. Among others, they will partner closely with the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Licensing and Ventures Group, and with other teams within University Advancement to ensure robust and diversified revenue streams for the school.
Personal Qualities and Qualifications
The University seeks an energetic and charismatic professional with a strong affinity for the mission and values of the Data Science Institute and the University of Virginia, who is able to create a strong case for the ways data science will impact and improve the world. Preferred candidates will have a demonstrated passion for and familiarity with data science and an understanding of raising funds to support an organization, company, or venture. They will demonstrate entrepreneurship and creativity in identifying prospects among each of these sources and serve as a dynamic member of the Institute’s team. A compelling candidate will be highly strategic and have the skills to design, manage, and implement a multi-pronged fundraising plan. They will have the desire to establish a foundation of excellence and will possess a proven record of meeting and exceeding goals and improving outcomes on a compounded annual basis. Required competencies include a proven ability to grasp complex subjects and articulate compelling messages across a broad range of audiences through superior written and oral communication skills and at least eight years of related experience. The Director will contribute to an environment that encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion. They must have command of cultural sensitivity and must value and embrace cultural, political, and social differences. An ideal candidate will be service-oriented and able to build productive professional relationships with faculty, volunteers, donors and colleagues. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
About the University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia sustains the ideals of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world. Consistently ranked as one of the top public universities, the quality of research, scholarship, creative arts, and innovation at UVA is particularly important because of the dual mission inherent in its identity as a collegiate research university. Comprised currently of eleven schools in Charlottesville and the College at Wise, the University is large enough to support excellence in research and teaching, yet small enough to promote the collegiality and the interplay of ideas that are critical for academic leadership and innovation. While smaller colleges and universities focus on disseminating knowledge to students, the University’s charge—as a public Research 1 university—is broader and more exacting. Its scope encompasses discovery as well as dissemination—and the dissemination of these discoveries not just to its students but also to the general public, who can help translate them into practical applications.
This position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt, benefited position. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. Anticipated Hiring Range: $110 - $125K commensurate with education and experience. 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 email@example.com.
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 ‘R0009693'. 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 ‘R0009693.’ 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.