Director of Development
The Rural Center is an independent nonprofit with a mission to develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life in rural North Carolina. For 30 years, the Center has operated from the core belief that our rural communities have inherent cultural value and are vital to the overall economic health of our state. The Center supports North Carolina’s 80 rural counties by advocating for sound public policy based in data-driven decision making; engaging communities in planning for their future and connecting them to the critical resources they need to be successful; and promoting inclusive leadership and nurturing a new generation of rural leaders.
The Center recently completed a comprehensive feasibility study in preparation for the expansion of philanthropic support and the launch of a comprehensive capital campaign. The Rural Center now seeks an energetic and visionary director of development to create a dynamic development program and prepare for the launch of an impending capital campaign to coincide with the Center’s 30th anniversary. The director will be one of five members of the Center’s leadership team, reporting directly to the president of the Rural Center.
Role of Director of Development
The ideal candidate must have a deep appreciation for and understanding of rural communities and the state’s current philanthropic climate. Capital campaign experience is preferred and a strong background in major gift fundraising is a must. The candidate must thrive on working independently to create a vibrant development function and be able to lead the board, leadership, and staff to embrace private philanthropy as a critical component of the long-term sustainability of the organization.
The director of development will be responsible for managing the strategic direction and tactical implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program with individual, corporate, and foundation objectives. This new position will work closely with the president and the Rural Center Board of Directors in building a diverse set of donor prospects across North Carolina and establishing a culture of philanthropy for the Rural Center. The development director will have the support of a communications/development assistant and will be a member of the organization’s executive leadership team.
Essential Duties and Functions
The Rural Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and traits:
Procedure for Candidacy
The Rural Center has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications must be submitted via email to email@example.com. Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.