At Virginia Humanities, we are wholly invested in cultivating a staff that embodies our commitment to inclusion, which is increasingly reflected in our cultural programming statewide. We deeply value the voices and work of marginalized communities and strongly encourage applicants who represent the diverse and intersecting identities that contribute to the fabric of Virginia.
We are a department of the University of Virginia and offer a dynamic work environment with a dedicated staff, excellent benefits and an impressive array of public programming including the Virginia Festival of the Book, With Good Reason radio program, Encyclopedia Virginia, the Virginia Folklife Program, grants and fellowships, and more.
The University of Virginia is an equal-opportunity employer.
Associate Director of Institutional Relations
Virginia Humanities seeks an Associate Director of Institutional Relations to provide strategic leadership and management of all advancement relationships with institutional funders, which includes corporations, foundations, and government agencies. This includes identifying local, regional and national prospects; liaising with corporate and foundation contacts; writing proposals for funding; and coordinating cross-programmatic funding pursuits. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Associate Director of Institutional Relations proactively engages the Virginia Humanities board, program directors, and advancement/executive teams to identify opportunities for institutional support, matching strategic priorities with potential funders. This position works with colleagues to cultivate, coordinate and request support from corporations and foundations, then stewards relationships by regularly reporting progress to investors.
The Associate Director of Institutional Relations maintains and grows a diverse portfolio of institutional partners ensuring sustained and expanded investment in Virginia Humanities and its programs. This position aligns closely with the Corporate and Foundation Relations department of UVA Advancement, leveraging UVA resources and advocating for Virginia Humanities’ fundraising needs and opportunities. A bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience is required. Competitive candidates will have exemplary organizational, written/oral communications and project management skills; a high degree of efficiency and accuracy; the ability to welcome and engage diverse stakeholders; and an eagerness to respond to the goals of corporate and foundation partners to increase their commitment to Virginia Humanities. Experience working on an advancement team, including proficiency working with University of Virginia (UVA)’s Advance system or a similar database, and/or with foundations is preferred. Proven skills in writing and editing in a professional setting is required.