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Director of Development

Position Deleted on 4/22/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Cullowhee, NC
Admin - Development and Fundraising
01/10/2013 (Reposted Job: Initially posted on 09/04/2012)
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
The Director of Development is a non-faculty, EPA direct fundraising position. This position is responsible for the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for an assigned group of prospects, including individuals, corporations and foundations, with a focus on major gift activity; identification and qualification of new prospects; serving as manager for assigned fundraising projects; and serving as a principal contact for the College of Education and Allied Professions and the College of Health and Human Sciences. This position reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development.

In collaboration and coordination with the Office of Development staff, this position is responsible for providing leadership, management, and strategic direction for assigned prospects and projects in line with the University's comprehensive fund-raising program and overall University development priorities and policies. Under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, this position will assist in providing overall development leadership and counsel to Deans, department heads, and faculty of the colleges as they develop and execute unit-specific fundraising plans. The position will undertake other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development.

The Director of Development will be an accomplished fund-raising professional who understands the nature and purpose of public higher education and who has: extensive, successful experience in fund-raising at progressively higher levels; strong interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills reflected in an ability to work effectively with senior management personnel, professional colleagues, and prospects in a team-oriented environment; a high energy level and commitment to professional growth and responsibilities, unquestioned integrity and fiscal accountability, and ability to plan and achieve long and short-term fund-raising goals; exceptional written and oral communication skills. A working knowledge of the fundamentals of planned giving is preferred.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with an active list of 225-250 prospective donors.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive strategies for assigned major gift prospects.
  • Serve as the primary development office liaison for assigned college(s) to identify major gifts prospects, develop appropriate strategies, and develop initiatives and priority needs.
  • Prepare donor proposals and gift agreements, as necessary.
  • Create and file contact reports, in accordance with office policy, to track moves with assigned prospects.
  • Identify and develop plans for new fundraising initiatives.
  • Attend departmental, college and university alumni and development functions as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Masters preferred. CFRE a plus. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years experience in fundraising in a higher education setting that includes successful closure of significant individual and/or corporate or foundation gifts.

To be considered, you must apply online. HARD COPY APPLICATIONS AND RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Attach a cover letter, current resume, and a list of references (including contact information) to complete the application.

Effective July 1, 2007 final candidates for employment will be subject to criminal background checks. Some vacancies may also require credit or motor vehicle checks.
An official set of transcripts must be sent to Human Resources within 30 days of hire. Degrees must have been awarded by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
Western Carolina University will provide equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, or political affiliation, except where religion, sex, or age are bona fide job related employment requirements.

Final candidates for employment are subject to criminal background checks. Some vacancies also may require credit or motor vehicle checks. A previous criminal conviction does not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration for employment. However, failure to provide complete and accurate information will be considered "falsification" and applicants will be removed from consideration
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