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Lead development officer, school of the arts

About the position

The Virginia Commonwealth University school of the arts (VCUarts) seeks a dynamic and deeply experienced lead development officer who will create and execute the planning and implementation of all VCUarts’ development and alumni activities. The high caliber lead development officer will be charged with the creation and execution of a strategic advancement plan that will position the school to leverage its national reputation and rankings to address funding priorities and achieve short- and long-term fundraising goals. This is a pivotal time in the school’s history as it welcomes a new dean with an ambitious agenda who will guide VCUarts on a forward-thinking path to academic and student excellence and sustainable success. The university recently concluded the Make It Real Campaign and is planning for the launch of the next capital campaign. The lead development officer will steer planning and operational preparations for the next campaign, the most aggressive in the school’s history. In addition, the lead development officer will position the school in support of a new state-funded innovation building, all while maintaining our reputation and ranking as the nation’s #2 public art school.

How to apply

The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should complete the basic personal and demographic application through the VCU job site at: Candidates should provide a resume, cover letter,  a diversity statement*, and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. All nominations and applications shall be confidential until finalists are named.

*Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please find more information on writing the statement here.

Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to: 

Carol Ann Lawson 

Celia O'Hallahan



Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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