Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle, NC Chapter

Division of University of Advancement at NC State

2 January 2018
 January 2, 2018

Associate Director of Development

College of Education Raleigh, North Carolina

The Opportunity | Division of University of Advancement at NC State

First established in 1927, the NC State University College of Education is regarded as a leader in developing educational professionals, advancing cutting edge research and ensuring the educational success of all North Carolinians. The college offers graduate and undergraduate degrees across many disciplines to prepare outstanding teachers and leaders. With nearly 15,000 alumni, 1,500 students and 150 faculty and staff, the College of Education has tremendous reach and impact. Graduates include a former governor, state superintendents, college presidents, professional football coaches and industry leaders.

In October 2016, NC State publicly launched the Think & Do the Extraordinary Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university with a $1.6 billion goal. Priorities include dramatically increasing endowment, enhancing facilities and strengthening support for current operations. The College of Education’s goal in the campaign is $21 million with an emphasis on scholarships, fellowships, and research.

The College of Education development team works in close relationship with the dean, college faculty, University Development and the Alumni Association to develop partnerships with alumni, friends and organizations to increase private financial support to advance the vision and priorities of the college. We are donor centered, and focus on connecting individual areas of interest with the mission of the college.

The Position | Associate Director of Development

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Associate Director of Development is responsible for identifying, qualifying, soliciting and stewarding major gift and leadership annual gift donors to the college and the university. Working both independently and in coordination with university colleagues, the Associate Director will expand the $25,000+ major gift pipeline thorough research, upgrade and loyalty strategies, and face to face visits with alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Secure private support for established priorities of the College of Education by developing relationships among faculty, alumni, friends, students, corporations, foundations and campus colleagues that result in effective partnerships and increased philanthropic funding.
  • Meet fundraising and contact goals and provide direction for a portfolio of major gift prospects.
  • Develop effective leadership annual gift strategies and a portfolio that will drive increased gifts, loyal annual giving and engage and inspire donors to give major gifts.
  • Create strategies for cultivation and stewardship, coordinate campus visits, and lead appropriate recognition.
  • Coordinate with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations to identify prospective funding sources and assist and facilitate proposals in support of academic programs, faculty and research.
  • Passionately articulate college needs, values and ambitions through excellent informal and formal comments to make a persuasive oral and written case for supporting key programs and priorities.
  • Assist the Executive Director of Development with special projects, staffing of the College of Education Advisory Board, prospect research and data analysis, special events.
  • Work collaboratively with external volunteers, administration, faculty, alumni and professional development staff in cultivation of potential donors. Ensure that prospects are cultivated in a thoughtful and deliberate manner.
  • Ensure timely, accurate documentation of contacts and cultivation strategies, proposals, pledges, fund agreements, etc.
  • Serve as an active team member in the development and implementation of Development Office’s short-term and long-term planning objectives.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and participate in occasional evening and weekend activities.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

The Candidate | Critical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Minimum Education/Experience      

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  • A minimum two years’ experience in front line fundraising or a related field. Major gift experience preferred. Strong preference for fundraising experience in higher education.
  • Proven fundraising success, including ability to evaluate, qualify and move prospects through the cultivation/solicitation cycle.

Departmental Required Skills          

  • Sound knowledge of principles, practices and ethics of charitable giving.
  • Experience in cold calling, negotiating and securing philanthropic gifts.
  • Ability to work well with faculty, administrators, volunteers and other advancement and development colleagues as part of a team in a large, complex research university.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to effectively articulate the case for support.
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment.
  • Possess strong organizational and analytical skills with high attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated and self-starting.
  • Unquestioned integrity.
  • Open and accessible interpersonal style.
  • Computer Literacy.
  • Ability to travel and participate in evening and weekend activities.

 Application Process

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NC State has retained Capital Development Services to assist with recruitment for this position. 
Candidates must provide a cover letter, resume, and list of three references.  All materials will be kept confidential.  Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208 or



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