Assistant Director of Development

Rare Book School

Job Description

Rare Book School (RBS) provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and skill levels to study the history of written, printed, and digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field.

We are accepting applications for the full-time role of Assistant Director of Development to support the School’s comprehensive fundraising operations. Having raised $23M during our recent Bound for the Future capital campaign, RBS endeavors to maintain and improve the success of its fundraising program beyond this campaign. The individual in this role will contribute to that goal by upkeeping all development-related databases, overseeing gift receipting and stewardship programs, and managing other development operations. The Assistant Director of Development will report to the Director of Development.


  • Manages biographical records and data integrity within the RBS database of record (presently Raiser’s Edge); conducts database cleanup and routinely runs database health tools
  • Responsible for producing reports and imports to database, ensuring on-time completion and identification of existing data gaps
  • Implements and maintains a data analytics program, including modeling, segmentation, and scoring to grow the prospect pipeline
  • Liaisons as needed with database administrators and/or hosts
  • Develops and executes a comprehensive donor stewardship plan that promotes engagement and connection with donors at all levels
  • Assists in the production and distribution of external communications including gift receipts, donor recognition publications, and pledge reminders
  • Helps perform research on constituents using various research tools to determine financial capacities, philanthropic interests, and relationships to RBS
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Working knowledge of fundraising work
  • Experience working with relational and gift databases, specifically Blackbaud products and/or Salesforce
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to problem-solve and use analytical skills to develop and implement creative solutions
  • Commitment to excellent job performance and teamwork, and the ability to work effectively to meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to relate to people with diverse backgrounds, training, and experience
  • Some evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required during specific times of the year

This is a full-time, exempt, benefited position. The annual salary ranges from $55,000 to $60,000. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance; 403(b) retirement plan, including employer’s matching contribution up to 5% (after one year); long-term disability; flexible work hours; and one free Rare Book School course.

Rare Book School is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer as a nonprofit affiliated with the University of Virginia. RBS is committed to fostering an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment that embraces a richly diverse representation of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. We champion an accessible, diverse, and inclusive learning environment and invite candidates to review Rare Book School’s Inclusive Excellence goals (see

To apply, applicants should submit the following materials to Adam Miller, Director of Development, at [email protected]:

1) A cover letter

2) A résumé

3) The phone numbers and email addresses of at least three references, at least one of whom has served as your supervisor (we will not contact references until the offer stage)

In your cover letter, please address: 1) your competency and experience with regard to the responsibilities and preferred qualifications; 2) why you are interested in working for Rare Book School; 3) your efforts to advance the values of diversity and belonging in your professional practice; and 4) when you will be available to begin, either remotely (until able to coordinate a move) or in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Review of applications will begin November 15; applications will remain open until the position is filled.

Posted 7 months ago
Charlottesville, Virginia
Education Requirement
Bachelor's Degree
Experience Requirement
1-5 years