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 nonacademic 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.

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Director of Advancement

We are seeking a proven fundraiser and leader to serve as our next Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement reports to the Executive Director and, as a member of the leadership team, directs the organization’s fundraising and public engagement efforts. With a primary focus on donor strategy, the Director of Advancement leads the advancement team in development, communication, and brand management efforts. The advancement team serves to engage current and new supporters, increase financial investment in Virginia Humanities, and build an increasingly strong and diverse network of stakeholders across the Commonwealth.

As our chief fundraiser, the Director of Advancement spends considerable time visiting with and stewarding donors, partners, and prospects across the state and representing Virginia Humanities publicly as an extension of our executive office in order to secure major and transformational gifts for our work. When strategically necessary, the Director of Advancement works with the Executive Director to cultivate and request major contributions and support from individuals.

The Director of Advancement collaborates with the Board of Directors, works closely with Virginia Humanities’ leadership team (Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Operations Officer), and leads an advancement team to set and achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals, measuring progress throughout the year to ensure success. The Director of Advancement collaborates with program staff to support funding needs and priorities. The Director of Advancement manages Virginia Humanities’ Director of Communications to ensure consistent branding, clear and targeted messaging, and strengthened relationships with supporters.


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Personal track record of success in reaching and exceeding fundraising goals.
  • Proven ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize and motivate a team to achieve goals.
  • Experience hiring, mentoring, and retaining staff.
  • Demonstrated project management, organization, delegation, and prioritization skills.
  • Experience motivating and collaborating successfully with volunteers.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.

To Apply or Nominate

To learn more about this opportunity, please visit UVA’s Executive Search Group.