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Director of Development

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking applications for a Director of Development for the Office of University Development. The Office of University Development is dedicated to cultivating a culture of philanthropy and fostering lasting relationships with donors, alumni, corporate partners, and friends of the University. Through innovative fundraising strategies, transparent stewardship, and heartfelt engagement, we aim to strengthen the University by building a strong, vibrant philanthropic community where donors, alumni, corporate partners, and friends feel inspired to contribute financial support for the University’s strategic initiatives, scholarships, research endeavors, infrastructure and more to shape what’s next for our great University for generations to come.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of professional experience related to fundraising, nonprofit management, higher education, sales, marketing, development, business administration, project management, or relationship management. Proven experience in fundraising, development, or similar roles, with a demonstrated track record of successful donor cultivation and gift solicitation.

Essential Job Duties: Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Director of Development plays a vital role in the University’s fundraising efforts by supporting the overall development strategy and cultivating donor relationships. In conjunction with the Advancement team, the Director of Development will build a pipeline of prospective donors focused on the major gift level. The Director of Development will collaborate closely with advancement staff, volunteers, and college/unit leadership in identifying, qualifying, and developing relationships with alumni, corporate partners, and friends to secure private philanthropic support. The Director of Development will be responsible for developing and executing a major gift fundraising strategy to support the newly formed College of Humanities, Earth & Social Sciences (C.H.E.S.S) and the J. Murrey Atkins Library in alignment with the University’s strategic plan, Shaping What’s Next.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Leads efforts for the College for the upcoming capital campaign by collaborating with the College and supporting unit/program leadership to develop a philanthropic strategy that advances the key priorities for the campaign and the College’s mission.
  • Serves as the primary liaison between the Advancement division and College leadership, as well as its supporting units/programs.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and build a strategic pipeline/portfolio of prospects focused on major gift level ($35,000+).
  • Consistently meet individual metrics and fundraising goals.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records in the advancement database, tracking donor interactions, gifts, and engagement activities.
  • Independently and in collaboration with the University Advancement Special Projects team, prepare and submit proposals to current and prospective donors.
  • Collaborate with colleagues within the development team, academic departments, and other university units to coordinate fundraising efforts and ensure alignment with the overall institutional goals.

Salary and benefits are competitive; interested individuals should apply on-line at Search for job #000391. Applicants are subject to background checks.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.


About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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