Assistant Director, Annual Giving

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Vacancy TypeSAAO Tier IIIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoWorking TitleAssistant Director, Annual GivingSalary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate with Education and ExperiencePosition Number00107848Work ScheduleMon-Fri 8-5, nights and weekends with overnight travel as neededFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.0Department082001 - University DevelopmentDepartmentUniversity DevelopmentJob City & StateRaleigh, NCPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina State University (NC State) was founded in 1887 with the purpose of creating economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina. Today it is the largest university in North Carolina with more than 34,000 high-performing students, 8,000 pre-eminent faculty and staff, and 205,000 alumni. NC State is known for its leadership in research, education and service, and as a research extensive university, is recognized for its strengths in science, engineering, and technology. The University consistently ranks among the top public national universities and one of the best values in higher education.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit – University Development:
The mission of University Development within the Division of University Advancement at NC State is to raise philanthropic support for university goals and priorities that benefit our students, faculty, this campus and ultimately, the state of North Carolina. The department includes the offices of Annual Giving, Central Major Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Relations and Gift Planning.

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 mission of the Office of College Advancement (CALS Advancement) is to enhance, promote and support the academic programs, research and the system of agricultural extension services in each county in NC.

Within CALS Advancement are the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. and the NC Tobacco Foundation, Inc., non-profit, 501©3 organizations formed as a means of supporting agricultural research, extension and teaching activities in the College. The CALS Advancement team works in close partnership with the central University Advancement Office and its partner colleges.

CALS is one of the largest colleges of its kind in the nation, with nearly 3,400 students pursuing associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and 1,300 on-campus and 700 off-campus faculty and staff members. Its research engine ranks in the top of land-grant university colleges. Research expenditures total $130 million annually. Over 28,000 living CALS Alumni make up the pride of the Wolfpack!

Essential Job Duties

The Assistant Director is responsible for serving as a liaison between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The position will be the annual giving fundraising advocate, resource and expert for assigned college(s) and unit(s) while maintaining a strong working relationship with associated staff.

In this role, the Assistant Director works with the Annual Giving team to manage and implement fundraising strategies, which align with college and Annual Giving goals.
The Assistant Director also monitors all data and trends for the College providing regular updates to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director of Annual Giving and works closely with the Annual Giving staff, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the University Communications team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and long-range/short-range planning for growing the annual giving program while supporting the greater development and campaign goals of the college.
  • Act as the top annual giving fundraising advocate, resource, and expert for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences while maintaining a strong working relationship with associated staff.
  • Manage and execute mail, email, and web solicitations sent from the annual giving office that utilize content and segmentation strategies for the college.
  • Integrate college’s messaging within the scope of the annual giving team’s university-wide fundraising campaigns.
  • Maximize return for NC State Day of Giving for the college through the utilization of segmentation and unique content.
  • Perform copywriting for fundraising communications of the college.
  • Perform copywriting and editing for university-wide fundraising communications as needed.
  • Partner with NC State and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences marketing, and communications staff for design, editing, videography, and other asset deliverables.
  • Utilize data and reporting information to strategically enhance marketing efforts.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the college and provide regular updates to both teams.
  • Follow emerging trends and best practices in annual giving direct marketing strategy.
  • Assists in the detailed planning of annual solicitation programs, which may include special campaigns.
Other Work/Responsibilities
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.
  • Attend a variety of events throughout the year.
  • Occasional travel and occasional night and weekend work is required.
Minimum Education/Experience

Post-baccalaureate credentials or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least two or more years of professional-level experience in direct solicitation/fundraising or a closely related field (such as sales) are required.

Departmental Required Skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, complex, team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail and deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Mac OSX and Windows desktop environments or similar computer software.
  • Ability to work independently, to be creative, and exercise initiative
  • High energy level and strong drive to be successful
  • Unquestioned integrity in dealing with confidential information
  • Open and accessible interpersonal style; good listener
  • Optimistic, persistent and positive attitude
  • Knowledge of strategies that target annual giving prospects, donors, and alumni.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
  • Experience in non-profit development office is preferred.
  • Vendor management is a plus.
  • Familiarity with direct marketing practices and techniques, including test strategies, segmentation strategies, and measurement of results is desirable.
  • Project management experience with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and make decisions to move the program forward.
  • Proven experience in fundraising operations
  • Experience producing and executing large scale/comprehensive mailings (50K+ constituents) is desirable.
  • Work experience requiring effective writing, proofing, and editing skills is preferred.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and ethics of fundraising
  • An understanding of the land grant, research Tier One university environment
  • 1-3 years of experience.
Required License or Certification

A valid North Carolina Driver’s License is required within 60 days of start date. Must be maintained as a condition of employment.

Special InstructionsJob Open Date09/08/2020Anticipated Closing DateOpen until filled.Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire Date11/01/2020AA/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

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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
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    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
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  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

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  3. Contact Information for References
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    Posted: 9/9/2020
    Application Due: 9/22/2020
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