Assistant Director, Development/ Park Scholarships, NC State University
The Park Scholarships program was established in 1996. About 40 Scholars are selected annually. The Park Scholarships program brings exceptional students to NC State University based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The program develops and supports Park Scholars in these areas, preparing them for lifelong contributions to the campus, state, nation, and world. The scholarship includes tuition and fees, room and board, enrichment activities, and additional expenses. Diversity and inclusion are critical to the Park Scholarships program. The department reports directly to the chancellor of the university.
In 2013, the Park Foundation announced a $50 million gift to begin an endowment for the Park Scholarships at NC State. Throughout NC State’s record-setting Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign and the generosity of alumni, families, students, and friends, the Park Scholarships program has been building on this generous gift. The Assistant Director of Development will play a key role in this effort. Learn more at park.ncsu.edu/give.
The Assistant Director of Development will advance the mission of Park Scholarships by planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of engagement and financial commitment of members of the Park Scholarships community including alumni, students, families, volunteers, faculty, staff, donors, and friends. Particular emphasis will be given to securing annual gifts to benefit the Park Scholarships Sustaining Endowment through direct mail marketing channels and campus-wide campaign efforts. Serving as a key point of contact for fundraising and development-related efforts within the Park Scholarships program, this position will be integral in ensuring the operational efficiency of fundraising and development-related work across the program.
The Assistant Director of Development will have personal contact with donors, prospective donors, friends, alumni, volunteers, and NC State faculty, staff, and students, serving as an advocate for Park Scholarships and the development team and soliciting gifts up to $50,000.
Responsibilities may include, but not be limited to:
- Manage the Park Scholarships annual giving program, including the development and implementation of solicitation efforts through direct mail, email, and NC State Day of Giving.
- Coordinate local events, regional gatherings, and class reunions, including travel and other logistical arrangements, to strengthen outreach to alumni and existing and new donors.
- Manage stewardship activities, including weekly and annual stewardship, Pack Appreciation Day activities, Park Thankathon, Thankview videos, and Park Scholar thank you letters.
- Strengthen and support fundraising efforts of the student-led Park Philanthropy Council and Park Alumni Society to increase engagement and grow student and alumni participation in giving.
- Partner with development officers across campus to identify, cultivate and steward Park Scholarships major gift donors.
- Oversee and manage donor records, gift records and reports, and all other records related to all gifts to Park Scholarships, including a quarterly audit of all gifts and pledge commitments.
- Respond to donor inquiries in writing, in person, by phone, etc.
- Lead coordination of sPark, Park Scholarships’ biennial symposium, in partnership with the sPark volunteer planning committee.
- Work with multiple endowments and other funds to ensure procedures related to contributions, stewardship, and fund management are understood and adhered to.
- Manage processes for creating distribution lists including newsletters, the annual report, holiday cards, birthday cards, event invitations, and solicitations.
- Supervise and partner with the Park Scholarships Communications Manager to develop high-quality communications via direct mail, email, social media, and video.
- Additional duties as assigned.
The position reports to the director of Park Scholarships. Work schedule is 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday (flexible for a total of 40 hours); some nights and weekends as necessary.
The Assistant Director of Development must be able to:
- Manage time well.
- Handle ambiguity.
- Attend to details well.
- Demonstrate superior judgment.
- Work proactively and independently.
- Demonstrate exceptional organizational skills.
- Build effective internal and external relationships.
- Communicate exceptionally well in person and in writing.
- Envision, organize, and manage multiple and competing priorities, projects, and deadlines.
- Interact confidently and effectively with a wide variety of constituents, including donors, alumni, university administration and faculty, high-ability students, parents, and friends of the program.
- Work well with volunteers, students, and colleagues as part of a team in a large, complex research university.
- Occasional travel to sites across North Carolina and the United States.
- Work occasional nights and weekends.
Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of progressively responsible and successful experience in nonprofit or higher education development, direct marketing for higher education, event management, communications, or a related field. A valid North Carolina driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of the start date is required.
Preference for at least 5 years of experience with:
- project management
- event management
- volunteer management
- direct marketing and communications
- honors/scholars programs/students
- donor CRMs/development databases
- Microsoft Excel and/or Google Sheets
- land-grant/research university contexts
- the advancement/development profession
- management of budget and accounting activities
- best practices associated with fundraising in higher education, including direct mail, email, day of giving campaigns, and stewardship
ANTICIPATED SALARY RANGE
Salary to be determined based on experience, within the range of $50,000-$66,000.
APPLY FOR THIS POSITION
To apply, visit https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/145942.
Open until filled; review of resumes to begin immediately with interviews to begin in late July/early August. Candidates invited to interviews will be asked to bring a sample of an actual project plan and written communication(s) they created.