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Fundraising Data Specialist

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Development and Fundraising

Job Description

The Fundraising Data Specialist position in Virginia Tech is a key partner in leveraging data insights and fundraising trends while ensuring the execution of a best-in-class direct response fundraising program to increase revenue and alumni giving.

The Fundraising Data Specialist will help tackle one of the biggest challenges in higher education fundraising today: increasing alumni participation while also growing revenue. The Fundraising Data Specialist is a key team member of the Annual Giving group and will have autonomy to work cross-functionally with marketing, donor relations, and other teams to identify trends, gaps, and opportunities to optimize fundraising strategies. This role is also responsible for audience optimization for all solicitations and lead the data execution for annual giving fundraising efforts.

The Fundraising Data Specialist is a pivotal collaborator and self-starter who will be responsible for leading the analytics and insights needs for the Annual Giving team. This role is at the center of the team and should be a solutions-oriented colleague ready to jump in, ask questions, and translate business questions into actionable insights in order to optimize the performance of the solicitation marketing and constituency giving behavior.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent level of training and or experience

Knowledge of modern data analytics tools such as Tableau to analyze trends and strategies in existing dashboards

Experience with queries, gathering, analyzing reports, and presenting findings using tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access

Demonstrated experience working with large relational databases

Demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of speed and accuracy, with strong attention to detail

Ability to work with a wide range of constituencies (internal and external); strong interpersonal and collaborative team skills

Strong organizational and time management skills while working in a fast-paced, rapid-change environment

Effective communicator and curious problem-solver across individuals and teams

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of data visualization tools such as Tableau and SAS

Experience working with CRMs

Experience in higher education, nonprofits, fundraising, or marketing

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

December 12 , 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation ofCOVID-19 vaccinationor receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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