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Here at the Curry School of Education our mission is to discover and advance knowledge, create innovative proven practices, and facilitate change across our community, the Commonwealth of Virginia, our nation and the world.  We are about making an impact!  Our Curry community values diversity and inclusivity and our community members, students, faculty and staff, actively demonstrate and promote this as a core principle.  Our community thrives on respect, unique perspectives and experiences, and empowered members who collaborate and challenge each other to learn, grow, work and play together! 

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In addition, we will occasionally highlight positions here on the Curry Careers Page. This information can be found below.

Curry Career Highlights

Curry Foundation Executive Director  

The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education Foundation seeks an Executive Director (ED) to lead and implement our fundraising strategies for the teaching, research, and service missions of the school. A remarkable opportunity exists for a seasoned professional who is prepared to cultivate relationships and resources to bear on vital social interests such as teaching and learning in primary, secondary and higher education; youth development; education leadership; education policy; counseling and psychological services; and physical activity and health.

The Curry Foundation supports the Curry School of Education through:

  • Cultivating active involvement of and relationships with alumni, parents and friends of the Curry School of Education in the advancement of the Curry School of Education;
  • Programmatic fundraising and soliciting contributions from private sources for the benefit of the Curry School of Education.

Reporting to the Curry School Dean through the Associate Dean for Management and Planning, the executive director is the lead fundraiser and engagement professional for the Curry School of Education Foundation. She or he will create and manage the fundraising plan, including strategy and frontline fundraising with a focus on major gifts of $100K+; she or he will also identify prospective donors and potential strategic partners in support of the Curry School of Education and its funding priorities. Additionally, the executive director mentors and provides guidance for at least 2 additional frontline officers annual fund, discovery and gift officers.

A minimum of four years of experience identifying and soliciting individuals capable of making gifts of $100K+ is required; supervisory experience preferred. A track record of successful frontline fundraising, annual fund management and alumni engagement for an institution of higher education or not-for-profit organization is essential. Hands-on major gift experience and a working knowledge of planned giving are also required. The ideal candidate will have some background in and/or passion for Education and will fully understand and support the mission and values of the Curry School of Education. To be considered for this outstanding opportunity, a bachelor's degree is required; master's degree preferred.

Additionally, the highly qualified applicant must:

  •  Be results-oriented with a high degree of personal initiative.
  •  Offer strategy and planning for a comprehensive fundraising program.
  • Possess superb interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to grasp complex subjects and articulate compelling messages.
  • Be service-oriented and able to build productive professional relationships with faculty, volunteers, donors and colleagues in Curry, University Advancement and across the broader advancement community.
  • Have command of cultural sensitivity and a strong respect for differences.
  •  Possess analytical, computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Power Point as well as limited database data entry, querying and reporting).  

About the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world. The University is public, while nourished by the strong support of its alumni. The University of Virginia comprises eleven schools in Charlottesville, plus the College at Wise in southwest Virginia.

The University recently completed the largest fundraising campaign in school history. At the campaign’s conclusion 224,972 total donors (includes people and organizations) contributed $3,054,756,692. The Curry School raised more than $68 million dollars, including construction of Bavaro Hall, a facility that reflects the University’s singular architectural heritage and speaks to the increasing national stature of the Curry School in the University, the state and the nation. Current fundraising priorities include annual support, Ruffner Hall renovation, dean’s research and development fund, faculty support, Jefferson Education Accelerator, and teacher preparation.

About the Curry School of Education

The Curry School of Education offers professional programs designed to prepare individuals for a variety of careers related to the practice of education. Degree programs offered include the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.); a five-year teacher education program leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Teaching (M.T.); the Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Teaching (M.T.), Educational Specialist (Ed.S.); and two doctoral degrees (Ed.D. and Ph.D.).

For more information about Curry and its mission:

In the fall of 2014, the Curry school enrolled 287 undergraduate and 669 graduate students at the Charlottesville campus. Approximately 400 degree and certificate-seeking students study at regional centers in Virginia. Several academic programs are highly ranked, including Special Education (7), Elementary Education (11), Secondary Education (7), Administration and Supervision (9), Education Policy (13), Curriculum and Instruction (13), Educational Psychology, Applied Developmental Science (18) and Higher Education Administration (20). 

About Dean Pianta

Robert Pianta, Ph.D., Dean of the Curry School of Education, Novartis US Foundation Professor of Education, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. 

Founding director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, Dean Pianta's research and policy interests focus on the measurement and production of effective teaching in classrooms from preschool to high school.  The author of more than 200 scholarly papers and several influential books related to teaching and the intersection of education and human development, he has been a principal investigator on grants and projects totaling over $50 million in sponsored support.  His assessments of teacher-student interaction are widely used in research and in a number of at-scale applications in the U.S. and internationally.  Recent work on improvement of teacher-student interactions has significant implications for teacher preparation and workforce development.  Past Editor of The Journal of School Psychology and incoming associate editor for the new journal AERA Open, Dean Pianta consults regularly with foundations as well as state and Federal agencies including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through the direct link found here:  

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