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Executive Director of Philanthropy

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Employment Type
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Executive Director of Philanthropy

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Education and Experience.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday; 8-5 plus weekend, evenings, and overnight travel

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

University Development

About the Department:

North Carolina State University was founded in 1887 with the purpose of creating economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina. Today NC State is the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 37,000 high-performing students, 9,000 preeminent faculty and staff and 260,000 alumni. NC State is a research-extensive university known for its leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We’re also at the forefront of teaching and research in agriculture, business, design, education, humanities and social sciences, natural resources, textiles and veterinary medicine. NC State is consistently named as one of the best values in higher education, and many of our programs are ranked at the top of their respective disciplines. We take a great deal of pride in our collaborative, supportive and collegial team culture. All staff are provided opportunities for training and professional development, with an eye to personalized career growth.

This is a particularly exciting time for NC State and the University Advancement team on the heels of the successful completion of the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, the largest in the University’s history, having raised $2.1 billion on a $1.6 billion goal. NC State continues to experience record fundraising years, which combined with strong budget support from the state and a bold strategic plan, will have profound impacts at the institution for generations to come.
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Essential Job Duties:

The Executive Director of Philanthropy is the College of Design’s chief fundraising and engagement leader and will be responsible for managing the College’s advancement program and growing fundraising results in close collaboration with university partners – faculty, staff, other fundraising professionals, campus leaders, volunteers – and in alignment with industry best practices. This position will provide the strategic direction and coordination for all development efforts including the creation of fundraising strategies that increase the organization’s support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources.

The Executive Director leads the complete range of development activities including planning, managing and implementing an annual operating plan and budget designed to attain development goals. Implementation of a comprehensive major gift program that generates individual and corporate donors and other philanthropic support on a continuing basis for the college is an essential part of this responsibility.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development in collaboration/cooperation with the Dean of the College of Design.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans, directs, and implements a comprehensive major gift program that generates philanthropy from individuals, as well as foundations, corporations, and other constituents, on a continuing basis to achieve fundraising goals;
  • Leads strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, prioritize, solicit, recognize, and steward all donors and prospects; collaborates with volunteers, other University development and advancement staff, and other organizational leaders in these efforts;
  • Works with the Dean and the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development in developing annual goals and comprehensive strategies to achieve those goals; monitors progress and shares reports for internal and external stakeholders;
  • Works extensively with the Offices of Gift Planning and Corporate & Foundation Relations on strategies to maximize giving to the College;
  • Provides sound leadership, coaching, and mentoring to the advancement team (4); Manages team to university performance standards; ensures the appropriate systems, staffing, and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals;
  • Tracks all College major gift prospect contacts to ensure productive and purposeful prospect and donor engagement;
  • Ensures effective & meaningful donor stewardship is a priority throughout the College
  • Collaborates with College and University staff to ensure that publications and websites include donor-focused content, including stories and statistics that demonstrate the impact of philanthropy;
  • Assists the Dean in working with the college’s Advisory Board to enhance development efforts.
  • Adheres to the highest ethical standards; demonstrates empathetic disposition and perseverance; reflects optimistic and positive attitude;
  • As a member of the University’s development team, participates in all University-wide development activities.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Perform other duties as required or assigned;
  • Attend a variety of events throughout the year;
  • Regular travel and occasional night and weekend work are required.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, plus at least five or more years of experience in major gift fundraising or a substantially related field (such as sales or wealth management).

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Relevant success in a leadership role and demonstrated managerial accomplishments with visionary and administrative components;
  • Expert knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethics of fundraising;
  • Demonstrated success in securing major gifts from individuals, foundations, and/or corporations;
  • Ability to take institutional priorities and translate them into development opportunities;
  • Ability to establish and build effective working relationships with key stakeholders and partners across an organization;
  • Commitment to a collegial and collaborative team approach to fundraising;
  • Strong organizational skills with a high attention to detail; ability to manage multiple and competing priorities;
  • Excellent listening, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills;
  • Computer literacy and competency with electronic donor information systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree;
  • Volunteer management experience;
  • Experience in higher education fundraising.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three (3) professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:


Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID:

082001 - University Development


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. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. 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.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

NC State bldg in darkOur Centennial Campus, an award-winning public-private research campus, is home to more than 70 partner organizations working alongside more than 70 NC State research and academic units. Centennial is also the location of the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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