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Executive Director of Development for Strategic Initiatives

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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University Development Office-250100

Career Area :

Development and Fundraising

Posting Open Date:


Application Deadline:


Open Until Filled:


Position Type:

Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)

Working Title:

Executive Director of Development for Strategic Initiatives

Appointment Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

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Vacancy ID:


Full Time/Part Time:

Full-Time Permanent



Hours per week:


Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Based on qualifications/experience, internal equity, and departmental budget restrictions.

Proposed Start Date:


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

University Development’s purpose is to support the mission of the university by raising private resources to enhance financial support for students, faculty, programs, and facilities. University Development provides leadership and centralized services to all development offices throughout the University, serving as a focal point for annual giving, application development and IT support; campaign management; constituent programs; corporate and foundation relations; donor relations; gift planning; gift services; industry relations; marketing/communications; parents giving; principal gifts; prospect management, research and analytics; regional programs; scholarships and student aid; talent management; university events; and volunteer engagement.

Carolina Development is proud of its donor-centered philosophy, pursuing activities that always respect the interests and intentions of the donor as well as the University. The organization’s collaborative nature is a critical component to fulfilling our mission of raising private funds to benefit the university.

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Position Summary:

The University Development Office is seeking an Executive Director of Development for Strategic Initiatives, who would be responsible for developing and executing fundraising strategy for a specific strategic initiative. The person holding this position will be the fundraising subject matter expert for initiative. As the subject matter expert, the executive director will marshal the resources of the academic unit(s), partner(s) and the University Development Office to develop private philanthropic support for the initiative.

This position will also be a key strategic partner for the lead academic officer(s) for the initiative (typically a dean, provost or similar role), the vice chancellor for development, the principal gifts team and the corporate and foundation relations team. The executive director will be expected to identify appropriate funding opportunities and potential donors from the Carolina alumni base, corporate and foundation partners and beyond who would be interested in those opportunities. In addition to developing strategy, this position is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations on behalf of the partner(s) associated with a specific initiative. The position will initiate, strengthen and manage strategic relationships with corporate and foundation philanthropic partners and individual donors, closing major and principal gifts and grants of $100,000 and above. This position will plan and implement a program of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major corporate, foundation, and individual prospects.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required (or foreign degree equivalent) with related experience. For positions with responsibility for direct solicitation of gifts and funds, a minimum of 1 year of professional-level, direct solicitation/fundraising experience is required.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required with related experience. Minimum of five years of experience in higher education fundraising.

Mastery of the principles and techniques of successful fundraising as they pertain to the identification, cultivation, and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors with demonstrated ability to close major gifts of $100,000 or greater. Must demonstrate superior people skills. Experience in writing successful proposals and meeting goals. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to interact effectively in a comprehensive, research university setting. Ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, and volunteers. Willingness to do extensive travel. A strong drive to be successful. A high energy level; Integrity/sincerity.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Fundraising experience for strategic or multidisciplinary initiatives.
Appropriate subject matter expertise that matches to one or more university strategic priorities.
Demonstrated ability to close gifts of $1 million or greater.
Success working with both individual donors and corporate, foundation and other institutional donors.
*Prior experience staffing academic administrators in development setting.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

To express interest in the position, please submit your confidential application materials comprised of resume and letter of interest to

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The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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