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Director of Development #000399

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

To be considered, you must apply online. Attach a cover letter, current resume and a list of references (including complete contact information with name, title, address, email, and phone) to complete the application. For questions and additional information, please contact Jamie Raynor, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development at 828-227-3052 or jtraynor@wcu.edu.

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number EHRA158P
Quick Link for Internal Postings http://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/7364
Classification Title Director
Working Title Director of Development #000399
Department Office, VC, Advancement
Anticipated Hiring Range
Position Summary

The Director of Development is an EHRA non-faculty, direct fundraising position that reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development. This position serves as the principal development office contact for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Technology and is responsible for the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for an assigned group of prospects, including individuals and corporations/foundations, with a focus on major gift activity for gifts at $25,000 and above; the identification and qualification of new prospects; and the management and implementation of assigned fundraising projects. This position will have the exciting opportunity to work with the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college on campus, as they build a new natural sciences building. While the College of Engineering and Technology is one of WCU’s youngest colleges, great opportunities exist to engage a successful alumni base and build relationships with corporate partners.

In collaboration and coordination with the Division of Advancement staff, this position is responsible for providing leadership, management, and strategic direction for assigned prospects and projects in line with the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign and overall University development priorities and policies. Under the direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development, this position will assist in providing overall development leadership and counsel to the Deans and faculty/staff leaders of the assigned 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 Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development and the Vice Chancellor for Advancement.

The Director of Development will be looked upon to set a new tone for professional aggressive fundraising at WCU. He or she will be an accomplished fundraising professional who has a demonstrated knowledge of the nature and purpose of public higher education and who has: extensive, successful experience in fundraising at progressively higher levels; strong interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills reflected in an ability to work effectively and collegially 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 fundraising goals with database documentation of fundraising activity; and exceptional written and oral communication skills. A working knowledge of the fundamentals of planned giving and annual giving is preferred. The Director of Development will conduct themselves in a professional and appropriate manner at all times. Additionally, the Director of Development may be called upon to provide assistance to the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Assistant Vice Chancellor and other staff members of Western Carolina University.

Responsibilities:
1. Establish and maintain a portfolio of 120 qualified prospective donors.
2. Actively qualify prospective donors for integration within the overall prospect portfolios for both Colleges.
3. Develop, document, and implement comprehensive strategies for assigned major gift prospects, and create monthly reports to support the evaluation of results and the refinement of ongoing prospect and donor development strategies.
4. Serve as the primary development office liaison for assigned colleges (College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Technology), and work with the Deans on efforts to identify and cultivate major gift prospects and to develop and execute purposeful solicitation strategies to secure support for priority initiatives and needs.
5. Develop targeted relationships with key faculty and staff within the Colleges as part of prospect cultivation and donor stewardship efforts.
6. Integrate alumni engagement opportunities within larger prospect cultivation plans.
7. Meet and/or exceed established metrics including overall fiscal year fundraising results for both Colleges, the monthly target of 12 face-to-face visits, and other categories of meaningful contacts with assigned prospects.
8. Prepare donor proposals and gift agreements, as necessary.
9. Create and file digital contact reports through the Banner database, in accordance with office policy, to track and document contacts with assigned prospects.
10. Develop and implement plans for new fundraising initiatives.
11. Attend departmental, campaign, college, and university alumni and development functions as appropriate.
12. Work evenings and weekends on occasion, staff Alumni and other campus events, which may directly impact fundraising. The candidate will be expected to travel frequently and be fluent in the various options needed to schedule efficient, safe, and cost effective travel.
13. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years of experience in fundraising in a non-profit setting that includes successful closure of significant individual and/or corporate/foundation gifts.

Preferred Qualifications

A working knowledge of the fundamentals of planned giving and annual giving is preferred.

Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week 40
Number of Months Per Year 12

Posting Text

Open Date 07/21/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered, you must apply online.

Attach a cover letter, current resume and a list of references (including complete contact information with name, title, address, email, and phone) to complete the application.

For questions and additional information, please contact Jamie Raynor, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development at 828-227-3052 or jtraynor@wcu.edu.

Background/E-Verify

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

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Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.

AA/EOE

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at jobs@email.wcu.edu.

University Safety

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. List of references
Optional Documents

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