Alumni Agencies Jobs

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Development Officer

Are you passionate about advancing education and fostering lasting connections? VMI Alumni Agencies is seeking a dynamic and results-driven individual for the role of Development Officer.

Position Summary

The Development Officer is a generalist position that reports to the Chief Development Officer. The primary focus of this role is to monitor, track, analyze and cultivate first-step leadership donors, traveling as necessary to accomplish your objectives. Collaborates with the Development Team members, prospect development and major gift colleagues to discover, cultivate, solicit, and steward leadership level donors.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work within the Development Team to develop a strategy for increasing leadership gift outcomes through face-to-face meetings, direct mail solicitation and event fundraising.
  • Manage a portfolio of individuals capable of making gifts of $1,000 – $25,000;
  • Collaborate with Donor Relations and Events Management to ensure proper stewardship of leadership donors.
  • Attend and support varied events/activities, stewardship efforts, and athletic contests to enhance the donor experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills,
  • Able to work independently overseeing projects and managing competing priorities,
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, oral communication and organizational skills,

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in higher education fundraising working for an Annual Giving team,
  • Three or more years of full-time fundraising experience cultivating, soliciting, and closing $1,000+ gifts,
  • Competent in database software (i.e. Raiser’s Edge, NXT)

Benefits and Compensation

The VMI Alumni Agencies offers competitive salaries, an excellent retirement program, and a generous leave and holiday program.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to careers@vmiaa.org with the subject line: “Development Officer.” Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About The VMI Alumni Agencies: The VMI Alumni Agencies inform, engage, and inspire VMI alumni, family, and friends to support the Institute. VMI, founded in 1839, is the nation’s oldest state-supported military college, consistently ranked among the top public liberal arts colleges. Located in historic Lexington, Virginia, VMI prepares honorable leaders for the challenges of 21st-century citizenship.

VMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We embrace diversity and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, age, or disability. Join us in making a difference and advancing the mission of VMI.


Major Gift Officer

Are you a seasoned fundraising professional with a passion for cultivating relationships and securing major gifts? The VMI Alumni Agencies is seeking an accomplished Major Gift Officer to strategically manage a portfolio of prospects, formulate gift strategies, and play a vital role in advancing the mission of Virginia Military Institute.

Position Summary

The Major Gift Officer will proactively manage a robust portfolio and formulate gift strategies and plans for their prospects. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, this role works closely with the CDO to match a perspective donor’s inspiration with a critical need of the Institute. Following an onsite and thorough training, this Major Gift Officer will have the ability to work remotely. Travel as appropriate to build a successful portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities Include

Managing your portfolio of current and potential donors to cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts. You are expected to develop and maintain strong relationships with donors and prospects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Preferred minimum of 3 years of fundraising experience, including major gift fundraising.
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards.
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Superior writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Competent in computer software programs and software applications.
  • Knowledge and experience with Blackbaud’s software is a preferred.

Benefits and Compensation

The VMI Alumni Agencies offers competitive salaries, an excellent retirement program, and a generous leave and holiday program.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to careers@vmiaa.org with the subject line: “Major Gift Officer.” Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About The VMI Alumni Agencies

The VMI Alumni Agencies inform, engage, and inspire VMI alumni, family, and friends to support the Institute. VMI, founded in 1839, is the nation’s oldest state-supported military college, consistently ranked among the top public liberal arts colleges. Located in historic Lexington, Virginia, near Washington and Lee University, VMI prepares honorable leaders for the challenges of 21st-century citizenship.

VMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We embrace diversity and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, age, or disability. Join us in making a difference and advancing the mission of VMI.