Executive Director of Development, College of Design
Position Number: 00004210
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The mission of University Advancement of NC State University is to facilitate communication, internally and externally, and to enhance the image of the University; to provide meaningful programs and service to alumni and friends; to seek service-support participation and ambassadorship from constituents; to build and sustain a strong volunteer leadership network; to raise money from private sources; to manage the collection of private gifts for North Carolina State University; to manage an effective alumni and development database and gift systems; and to coordinate with the General Administration in areas of government and legislative priorities in Raleigh and Washington.
Essential Job Duties: The Executive Director of Development will provide leadership and strategic direction for all development efforts for the College of Design at NC State. The Executive Director will create fundraising strategies that increase the organization's support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources. This position will require the incumbent to travel in order to play a key role in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospective donors for major gifts to the College. The Executive Director will report directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development, and will be expected to maintain a collaborative working relationship with the Dean for the College of Design. The Executive Director will also: - Plan, direct and implement a comprehensive major gift program that generates individual donors, as well as foundation, corporate, and other philanthropic support on a continuing basis consistent with fundraising goals of the organization; - Work in close collaboration with faculty, staff, other fundraising professionals, campus leaders, and key volunteer leadership to achieve the fundraising goals of the organization; - Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle, and lead strategies to identify, qualify, prioritize, cultivate, solicit, recognize and steward all donors and prospects; - Work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other University Development and Advancement staff, and other organizational leaders to identify, cultivate and solicit donors for College and University-wide priorities; - Work with the Dean and the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development in developing and managing a portfolio of major donors and prospects; - Monitor all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations; - Initiate contacts with potential leadership and major gift donors, and make solicitations when appropriate; - Develop appropriate cultivation strategies for donor prospects, including working with volunteers; - Maintain stewardship contacts with donors, and move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure while adhering to the highest ethical standards; - Demonstrate empathetic disposition and perseverance, and reflect an optimistic and positive attitude; - Develop annual fundraising goals and plans in collaboration with the Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development; and monitor progress against goals; - Ensure that all donors are appropriately recognized and thanked and receive regular contact and communication by making donor stewardship a priority throughout the College; - Collaborate with College and University staff to ensure that publications and websites include donor-focused content, to include stories and statistics that demonstrate the impact of a donor's gift; - Manage the development office in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems, staffing and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals; - Develop complete and timely contact reports and monthly moves management reports; - Participate in all University-wide development activities; and - Assist the Dean in working with the college's Advisory Board to enhance development efforts.
Minimum Education/Experience: The successful applicant will hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with preference given to those with an advanced degree. A minimum of seven years of experience in fundraising is required, preferably in higher education or with an institutionally related foundation.
Department Required Skills: The successful applicant will have a proven record of success in a leadership role that includes significant managerial accomplishments with visionary and administrative components. Applicants should have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting fundraising priorities through the development of effective working relationships with faculty, senior academic leaders, trustees, volunteers, donors, and the central development team. Expert knowledge of the principles, practices and ethics of successful fundraising is required. Applicants must have the ability to take academic priorities and translate them into development opportunities. Applicants must possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and have the ability to organize and complete complex tasks on deadlines. Computer literacy and competency with electronic donor information systems is required. Applicants must also have a willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Prior experience in a comprehensive capital campaign with an institutional goal of at least $100 million is preferred.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: A valid driver's license (DL) is required and a North Carolina Driver's License (NCDL) must be obtained within 60 days of hire and maintained as a condition of employment
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "www.wes.org":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.
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