Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations
Position Type: Permanent Staff
Department: Grad School - 390100
Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty
Vacancy ID: NF0002482
Position Summary: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School is seeking an experienced and dynamic professional to serve as Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations. The Assistant Dean serves as the lead development officer for The Graduate School and works with other lead development officers to represent fundraising for graduate education, broadly speaking, across the university. The Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations establishes the strategic direction and implementation of fundraising activities for The Graduate School using the recently developed strategic plan as a guide. Reporting directly to the Dean, and working with a team within The Graduate School, the Assistant Dean is responsible for identifying, developing and nurturing relationships with alumni, major donors, influential individuals who may become donors and other potential funders to expand the assets and support of The Graduate School. The Assistant Dean manages the annual giving program, with a focus on growing a sustainable base of annual donors for the School, and ensures that all donors to the School receive appropriate stewardship. This position supports the Dean's work with select major and principal prospects, and will also build and manage a personal portfolio of top prospects in order to identify cultivate, solicit and steward annual, major and principal gifts. The Assistant Dean will identify potential new prospects from alumni with graduate degrees, and grow new prospects from qualification to a first major gift. The Assistant Dean also plays a key role as part of the senior leadership for The Graduate School. The Assistant Dean represents The Graduate School at the university development level by working closely with the Executive Director of Development for Constituent Programs, collaborating with relevant peers in the University Development Office (UDO), attending appropriate meetings, and communicating strategies, updates and reports as needed to and from UDO. The Director ensures that the Graduate School's development program is in compliance with all university-wide development policies. The Assistant Dean works closely with the volunteer membership of the Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB), as the primary liaison to the Board on behalf of the Dean. The GEAB assists The Graduate School and the University in generating broad support and funding for graduate education. The Assistant Dean supports and coordinates efforts of the GEAB to achieve fundraising goals including conducting monthly meetings of GEAB development and alumni committees. The Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was established in 1903 and encompasses 80-plus programs offering more than 160 different graduate degrees. The Graduate School is home to the prestigious Royster Society of Fellows supporting outstanding graduate students across the university with generous funding, interdisciplinary learning, networking, professional development and social opportunities. As a pan-university unit, The Graduate School serves approximately 8,500 doctoral and master's degree students from admission to graduation. The school administers over $35 million dollars annually to support graduate students throughout their degree programs with tuition, recruitment, dissertation research, travel, professional development and others types of support. A substantial and growing part of this support for graduate students is the result of steadily increasing gifts from individual donors. Successful applicants for this position should have demonstrably strong experience with major giving and familiarity with all other aspects of fundraising within higher education. Experience with / strong understanding of graduate education is preferred. Strong communications and teamwork abilities are required. Experience with development software is preferred.
Education Requirements: Master's degree preferred Bachelor's degree and related experience required.
Qualification and Experience: At least three years development or related experience, ability to work independently and meet high goals and to interact effectively with faculty and administrators in a research university; ability to work effectively with volunteers and donors; integrity, sincerity, enthusiasm, and exceptional written and oral skills. Travel and some weekend work are required.
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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