Executive Director and Assistant Dean
Position Number: 00001686
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The mission of the Office of College Advancement is to enhance, promote, and support the academic programs, research and extension efforts of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Within CALS Advancement are the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. and the NC Tobacco Foundation, Inc. non-profit, 501(c )3 organizations formed as a means of supporting agricultural research, extension, and teaching activities in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. The CALS Advancement team works in close partnership with the central University Advancement Office and its partner colleges. In 2016, NC State launched the Think & Do the Extraordinary Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the University with a $1.6 billion goal. Priorities include dramatically increasing endowment to benefit students and faculty, enhancing facilities and strengthening support for current operations. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' goal in the campaign is $400 million with an emphasis on scholarships, professorships, research and continued investment in Cooperative Extension.
Essential Job Duties: Reporting to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, the Executive Director and Assistant Dean serves as the chief fundraising officer for the College. The position is a core member of the Dean's administrative team and advises the Dean and Directors on alumni and external relations, philanthropy and advocacy. This includes planning, managing, and implementing an annual operating plan and budget designed to attain the development goals and the academic, research and extension missions of the College. Preparation and implementation of a comprehensive major gift program that generates individual and corporate donors and other philanthropic support on a continuing basis is an essential part of this responsibility. These efforts will be initially carried out in close coordination with the University's Think & Do the Extraordinary Campaign. The Executive Director and Assistant Dean will propose and lead strategic initiatives to identify, qualify, prioritize, cultivate, solicit, recognize, and steward donors and prospects as well as collaborate with and support volunteers and other leaders in their related fundraising efforts. A major responsibility is to provide innovative leadership, oversight, and strategic direction to the CALS Advancement team, a group of 26 professional staff, in recommending, organizing, directing and implementing activities and programs. The successful candidate will be a seasoned development professional with significant leadership experience in a complex university or not-for-profit environment.
Minimum Education/Experience: The successful applicant will hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. A minimum of eight years of experience in fundraising is required, preferably at an agriculture institution or university, or an institutionally-related foundation.
Department Required Skills: Applicants must have the ability to take academic priorities and translate them into development opportunities. Candidates should have familiarity with and appreciation for North Carolina's diverse and impactful agricultural, biotechnology and life sciences industries, and an understanding of the land grant and research university context. Candidates should have expert knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethics of successful fundraising, as well as experience working with foundations and 501(c)3 organizations. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated ability to motivate, lead and manage people. Candidates should possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and have the ability to organize and complete complex tasks on deadlines. Strong relationship-building skills are also required. Computer literacy and competency with electronic donor information systems is expected. Applicants must have a willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Preference will be given to those with an advanced degree.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: A valid driver's license is required. A North Carolina Driver's License 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.
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