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Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Employer
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location
Asheville, NC

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

UNC Asheville Overview:

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.
UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate is expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Type:

EHRA Staff

Title:

Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Position Number:

006224

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule and Hours:

The Advancement Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Regular evening and weekend work is required as well as the ability to travel.

Full-Time / Part-Time:

Full-Time

Months per Year:

12 Months

Position Summary:

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its history as a unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences university. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,600 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life and Town-Gown Relations.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for University Advancement will play a pivotal role in securing the future of the institution as it approaches its Centennial. This is a senior management role that will bring best practices and help build a world class advancement program for UNCA. The AVC for University Advancement will collaborate with senior campus leaders to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects with the capacity to make commitments of $500,000 +. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of establishing long-term relationships with donors and prospects. The position will design and implement strategies for increased engagement, incorporating senior leadership and volunteers, with current and prospective principal gift donors that match donors’ passions with institutional priorities.

The AVC will supervise the Major Gift team, providing coaching and support to ensure the success of Gift Officers working with donors capable of giving between $25,000 and $1 million.

The AVC will supervise a recently launched Planned Giving Program, which includes both proactive marketing and reactive gift planning components.
The AVC will also supervise Donor Relations to ensure that philanthropic supporters of the university feel appropriately appreciated for their support and clear about the impact of their gifts.
UNC Asheville is undertaking its first-ever comprehensive campaign, and the AVC for University Advancement will collaborate with University leaders on campaign strategy and manage implementation of a comprehensive campaign plan to secure philanthropic support of campaign initiatives. The AVC has the opportunity to ensure the success of the campaign by securing gifts and managing efforts across campus to ensure a successful campaign.

FLSA:

Exempt

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • A Master’s degree, may also consider a Bachelor’s degree, with an equivalent combination of education and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience in fundraising and institutional advancement
  • Track record of working collaboratively to secure six- and seven-figure gifts
  • Experience with comprehensive campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to coach direct reports and lead a team
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to think strategically and formulate, document, and execute plans that meet goals
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently as appropriate

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Graduate degree from an appropriately accredited institution
  • Eight (8) to ten (10) years related work experience in fundraising
  • Experience leading comprehensive campaigns
  • Superior management and leadership skills that will enable direct reports to function effectively
  • Strong knowledge of the advancement field, and principal gift cultivation and solicitation
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Ability to navigate complex organizational structures to build consensus and reach goals
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with ability to collaborate to maximize effectiveness
  • Excellent active listening skills and ability to connect donor interests to University priorities
  • Ability to build relationships with a wide range of constituents
  • A growth mindset, and ability to approach challenges creatively

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

  • Ability to effectively communicate the vision, values and mission of UNC Asheville as a liberal arts and sciences university, while capturing the interest of prospective donors
  • Working knowledge of all facets of fundraising fit together, including comprehensive campaigns, planned giving, annual giving, prospect management, etc.
  • Ability to develop and initiate new strategies to achieve goals
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules
  • Adept at problem solving, creating contingency plans and handling challenging issues when necessary
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to quickly understand and recall details about donors and projects


Special Instructions to the Applicant:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned. Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations. It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

Posting Number:

E0389

Posting date:

10/12/2023

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Organization

The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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