Director of External Affairs

Position Type: Permanent Staff

Department: Ackland Art Museum - 520500

Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty

Vacancy ID: NF0002443

Position Summary: The director of external affairs is charged with directing the Museum's advancement team, and also with overseeing staff in communications and public programming. The University is in the early stages of a multi-year comprehensive campaign, and the incumbent will be responsible for planning and leadership of the Ackland's campaign. The specific areas of oversight are: (1) identification, cultivation, solicitation, closure, and recognition of major and principal gifts, including endowment and planned giving; (2) annual giving to support the Museum's operating budget, including membership program, annual fund, grants; (3) communications, public relations and public programs; and (4) grants development. Under the guidance of the museum director and in collaboration with the external affairs team, executive director of development for constituent programs, and museum volunteer leadership, the director of external affairs will design and implement comprehensive strategies for support of the operating budget and endowments. The incumbent will also share responsibility for ensuring coordination with cross-University fundraising in the arts. This position reports to the Director.

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Education Requirements: B.A. degree in the humanities or related field and a minimum five to ten years of successful fundraising experience is required with a demonstrated record of accomplishments with regard to major gifts.

Qualification and Experience: The director of external affairs will be an accomplished professional with demonstrated administrative and managerial experience. Experience in major gift fundraising, donor relations, project management, and communications is essential, preferably in a cultural environment or in higher education. The preferred candidate will have a thorough knowledge of and sensitivity to the nature and purpose of university museums and public higher education and the role that donor relations and strategic communications play in it. Knowledge about areas of the arts, art history and museum fundraising is required as is a proven track record of success in fundraising, marketing, and communications. Other essential skills include ability to articulate the museum's mission, vision, and role to a wide range of audiences both verbally and in writing; exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills; being detail-oriented with excellent organizational and computer skills; and having the ability to meet multiple deadlines, to work independently, meet high goals, and interact effectively with alumni, friends, faculty and staff in a public research university. Experience creating and implementing a development plan and campaign plan and working with and inspiring the confidence of multiple constituencies, including volunteers, top-level donors and prospects, and administrative officials is critical. Must have the ability and willingness to travel extensively, as needed to accomplish goals.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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