Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)


School of Journalism and Media-350100

Working Title:

Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs

Appointment Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Position Posting Category:

Development and Fundraising

Salary Range:

Dependent on experience and qualifications

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Summary:

The Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs is the chief development officer of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media and has overall leadership responsibility for development at the School, including major and principal gift fundraising, as well as operational and strategic planning, board management, fund distributions, development communications, donor events, and alumni relations. This position reports directly to the Dean with a dotted line to the School’s University Development Office (UDO) liaison and is a member of the Dean’s senior management team, known as the Dean’s Cabinet. In this capacity, the Associate Dean participates actively in the overall strategic planning and management of the School.

In consultation with the Dean, the Associate Dean is responsible for creating a strategic vision for the School’s overall fundraising program and the development of strong stakeholder relationships. This position staffs the Dean’s work with select principal prospects and manages the School’s portfolio of top prospects to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major and principal gifts as well as the School’s annual unrestricted gifts.

The incumbent serves as the Executive Director in an ex-officio position with the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media Foundation, which focuses on the financial health of the school and reviews the Foundation-held funds and monitors the University-held funds. All funds are invested in the Chapel Hill Investment Fund held at the UNC Management Company. The Associate Dean is responsible for maintaining the official books and records for the Foundation, including the annual required audit and filing of IRS Form 990. In addition, the School has two other active boards: The Board of Advisers and the Hussman Alumni Association Board. He or she will keep all Board and Committee members engaged and informed, help create a culture of philanthropy on the Boards, and lead and motivate Board members to participate actively in peer networking to identify and cultivate new potential major donors for the School.

In conjunction with UDO colleagues, the Associate Dean plans, organizes, and directs fundraising, special events, and volunteer enlistment for the School. The incumbent has overall responsibility for setting and meeting the School’s ambitious annual and capital campaign goals, as well as activity metrics typical for a university fundraiser. This position will work to identify new revenue sources, especially those reflecting the new digital trends in the industry, while maintaining and expanding stronger ties with existing individual, corporate and foundation donors for the School and its affiliated programs including the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. To be successful, the Associate Dean must develop strong relationships across the School with specific focus on faculty, marketing & communications, and finance.

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required.

Qualifications and Experience:

Preferred qualifications and experience:

Ten years of progressively responsible experience in the field of development, preferably in higher education advancement, development experience in journalism media a plus. Related for-profit experience will also be considered. History of major gifts or sales marketing results at the six and seven figure level, based on building strong relationships with a diverse group of donors or customers; experience working with entrepreneurs and the digital media industry a plus. Proven record of accomplishment of working closely with organizational leadership to cultivate and close high-level gifts. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work in an interactive, multifaceted, diverse and fast-paced environment and within a large complex organization. Capable of leading and participating in building alliances and effective collaborations that make strategic sense. A record of working effectively with a Board of Directors preferred. A seasoned team leader and manager with a track record for creating and nurturing effective, collaborative work environments built on trust, creativity and quality work; a sincere interest in the well-being of staff and the ability to make difficult personnel decisions when necessary. Excellent communicator in both written and oral form. Exceptional planning and time-management skills; goal-, results- and detail-oriented and able to set and meet deadlines; able to construct, articulate, implement and evaluate written annual plans. Experience building and managing budgets and finances as well as implementing best practices to ensure quality and efficiency in office operations, procedures and policies. Energetic, confident in abilities, creative and with a sense of humor and the ability to assume new responsibilities as the job demands. Values and encourages diversity in all aspects of the work.

This position requires ability to travel frequently and work nights and weekends.

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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Please apply online at and upload a CV / resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references.




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Posted: 4/27/2021
Application Due: 5/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time