Assistant Director of Development, Arts Development

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Vacancy Type SAAO Tier II Is Internal Transfer Only No Working Title Assistant Director of Development, Arts Development Salary Range Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience Position Number 00106312 Work Schedule M-F; 8am-5pm; evenings/weekends as needed. Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0 Department 243011 - Arts Development Department Arts Development Job City & State Raleigh, NC Primary Function of Organizational Unit

Arts NC State, housed within the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, is the collective organization for NC State University’s performing and visual arts programs. Our performing and visual arts programs are the Crafts Center, the Dance Program, the Department of Music, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, NC State LIVE, and University Theatre. As an institution of higher learning, NC State University believes that art should be accessible, relevant, and transformative, and that experience with the arts is essential to the development of individuals who are better able to enjoy life and contribute to society.

In line with the overall mission of University Advancement at NC State University, the mission of the Office of Arts Development is to increase public awareness, endorsement and, most importantly, private financial support for Arts NC State in order to advance its mission and priorities. The department’s scope of fundraising varies from development communications to direct mail to major gift solicitation. We are donor-centered and focus on connecting individual areas of interest with the mission of Arts NC State.

In October 2016, NC State publicly 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, enhancing facilities and strengthening support for current operations. Arts NC State campaign focus areas include artist residencies, student travel, equipment and technology, and scholarships.

Essential Job Duties

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Assistant Director of Development will serve as an integral member of the Arts Development team and will work to build relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations in order to increase private support for the mission and strategic priorities of Arts NC State. The Assistant Director is responsible for providing strategic planning and execution in the critical areas of Friends of the Gregg membership, annual giving, leadership annual giving, and mid-level corporate and foundation support. The Assistant Director will collaborate closely with other members of the development staff, arts faculty and staff, NC State advancement staff and volunteers in developing relationships with alumni, patrons and donors to secure private philanthropic support for the arts.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Friends of the Gregg membership program (50%)
• Develop and implement annual membership plan including acquisition, renewals, and stewardship through direct mail, email, phone, events, on-site donations, personal solicitation, museum website, and other vehicles.
• Work with Gregg Museum staff to plan member-exclusive events and programs.
• Collaborate with museum Marketing Coordinator to send members-only e-newsletter and to incorporate membership information and events into museum e-newsletters and social media.
• Serve as the main contact between the Gregg and its non-major donors through phone, in-person, and email communication.
• Track, analyze, and report on progress and performance of the membership program to key stakeholders including member retention and program growth; regularly evaluate effectiveness of strategies, services, materials, benefits and policies related to membership.
• Serve as a liaison with special interest and support groups.
• Train board members, volunteers, interns, docents, and staff on membership program, ensuring that they serve as strong advocates of the program.

Annual Giving/Leadership Annual Giving (35%)
• Manage arts involvement in key university-wide fundraising activities including Wolfpack Day of Giving and faculty/staff giving campaign. Work closely with the NC State Annual Giving Office to coordinate planning and implementation of these annual giving efforts for Arts NC State.
• Develop and implement special ad-hoc fundraising campaigns for Arts NC State as opportunities arise, such as retirement or reunion/anniversary appeals.
• Manage all Arts NC State content and programming associated with leadership giving levels (i.e. Chancellor’s Circle, etc.) including solicitation, cultivation and stewardship.
• Develop and document arts mid-level giving opportunities ($1,000-$49,999) and act as liaison to the central Leadership Annual Giving team.

Mid-Level Corporate and Foundation Solicitation (15%)
• Manage the creation of event sponsorship opportunities across the arts programs within Arts NC State. Cultivate and solicit businesses and foundations for sponsorships.
• Formalize and grow foundation and corporate solicitation plan through identification of goal-aligned organizations, writing of gift applications and requests, and stewardship.
• Manage a small portfolio of corporations and foundations that require annual proposals.

Other Work/Responsibilities

• Meet regularly with Arts NC State faculty and staff to develop appropriate strategies for each arts unit and to stay apprised of unit activities and accomplishments.
• Represent Arts NC State at university-wide donor and alumni events.
• Participate in DASA/Arts Development meetings and events, as appropriate.
• Perform other duties not specifically listed, as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience

• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university required.
• Minimum of 2 years of experience in fundraising or a closely related field.
• Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising including membership programs, annual giving, and corporate and foundation relations.

Departmental Required Skills

• Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment.
• Confidence to work independently, while maintaining consistent and transparent communication with a team and leadership.
• Ability to work effectively as part of a dynamic team in a large, complex research university.
• Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
• Proven success in goal achievement and follow-through on tasks.
• Ability to articulate a strong case for support and write persuasive requests for support, letters and other donor communications.
• Confidence in speaking with donors and volunteers at events and through email, mail, and phone.
• Optimism, perseverance and positive attitude; good listener.
• Unwavering integrity.
• Computer literacy, including knowledge of development databases and manipulating data for development purposes.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

• Experience managing a membership or annual giving program for a museum, cultural or higher education institution.
• Passion for and understanding of the arts, especially in a university setting.
• Volunteer management experience.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Please include resume, cover letter specifically addressing the requirements and responsibilities of the position, and contact information for three professional references. Semi-finalists will be asked to provide development writing samples.

Job Open Date 03/20/2019 Anticipated Closing Date 04/03/2019 Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Proposed Hire Date 05/20/2019 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.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] 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 equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you possess the following minimum requirements for this position: Requires post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience?
    • Yes, I do have the required minimum education and/or experience
    • No, I do not have the required minimum education and/or experience
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
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    Posted: 3/21/2019
    Application Due: 4/12/2019
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