Director of Development, Swem Library
The Earl Gregg Swem Library at William & Mary seeks a Director of Library Development. The successful candidate will build on a solid tradition of fundraising and donor engagement.

The Director of Development is responsible for contributing to and executing a strategic vision for the advancement operation and building a culture of engagement and philanthropy. S/he will lead a comprehensive development program for Swem and manage the Swem Library Board. S/he serves as the leader and central executor for all the Library’s development and engagement activities.

The Director will serve as the chief fundraiser for Swem and also serve as a strategic partner across campus for the benefit of Swem. S/he will have a prospect portfolio and is responsible for soliciting gifts and commitments from individuals, corporations and foundations from $50,000 + for fundraising needs specifically for Swem. This individual needs to be keenly focused on pipeline development and the moves management process of donors.
The Director leads and manages the Office of External Relations, which includes a Communications professional, a support staff position and part time graphic designer. The ability to build and lead a strong team is essential to this role. In addition to leading fundraising and orchestrating opportunities for alumni and community engagement, the Director’s duties include training, mentoring, evaluating and deploying staff members to achieve maximum financial support and donor satisfaction.

The Director has a joint reporting relationship to the Dean of University Libraries and the Associate Vice President for Development.

The successful candidate will have a documented history of leadership fundraising and the ability to work across the development enterprise in a collegial fashion. The opportunity is ideal for a development professional who has a desire to understand how libraries support student success, research, and academic creativity. Candidates should exhibit passion, energy and be able to develop strong relationships with alumni and community members, and be able to identify funding opportunities based on priorities for Swem and William & Mary.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and professional training or applicable certification. Substantial professional level experience or specialized expertise which equates to the minimum educational requirements may be substituted.

Demonstrated ability to plan, execute, and close significant major gifts ($100K+). Proven ability to identify, qualify and cultivate prospective major gift donors and expertise in drafting and executing creative focused donor strategies.

Proven ability and desire to reach aggressive goals; strong leadership, volunteer management and managerial skills and the ability to drive a culture of engagement and philanthropy.

Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, with fluency in using persuasive language to promote visionary gift opportunities. A commitment to diversity of ideas and thoughts and capitalizing on the opportunities that this presents. A strong work ethic, integrity and commitment to teamwork, with the willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues from across the institution.

High level of ease working independently, with strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple and complex tasks and projects concurrently. Proficiency in computer software programs, specifically MS Office Suite.

Demonstrated substantive and progressively responsible experience in academic fundraising or a related field. Substantive experience managing boards and senior level volunteers.

All applicants MUST apply online in order to be considered. Submit your application, resume and cover letter at

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment

Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
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Contact Information
Rebecca Parsons
College of William & Mary
Discovery 1 Dev 1 PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, 23187