Assistant Director of Annual Giving
About the Department
North Carolina State University was founded in 1887 with the purpose of creating economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina. Today NC State is the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 37,000 high-performing students, 9,000 preeminent faculty and staff and 260,000 alumni. NC State is a research-extensive university known for its leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We’re also at the forefront of teaching and research in agriculture, business, design, education, humanities and social sciences, natural resources, textiles and veterinary medicine. NC State is consistently named as one of the best values in higher education, and many of our programs are ranked at the top of their respective disciplines. We take a great deal of pride in our collaborative, supportive and collegial team culture. All staff are provided opportunities for training and professional development, with an eye to personalized career growth.
University Advancement secures support for NC State University by raising funds from private sources, engaging current and future alumni, building a culture of philanthropy, and enhancing the university’s reputation through integrated marketing and communications. University Advancement fulfills its mission through the operations of four main units: University Development, which seeks and obtains philanthropic support; the Alumni Association, which fosters and maintains mutually rewarding relationships with the university’s alumni; University Communications and Marketing, NC State’s dedicated communications agency; and Advancement Services, which provides information management support to all University Advancement units.
The mission of the Office of Annual Giving within the Division of University Advancement at NC State is to raise philanthropic support for university goals and priorities that benefit our students, faculty, this campus and ultimately, the state of North Carolina.
The mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is to enhance animal and human health and well-being through the education and advanced training of veterinarians and comparative biomedical scientists, and provide leadership in veterinary care, biomedical research and outreach through innovation and interdisciplinary partnerships. The mission contributes to developing and sustaining North Carolina and global economies and advancing the profession.
The College of Natural Resources (CNR) at North Carolina State University (NC State), where “the planet is our classroom,” has a compelling 90+ year history of creating value at the intersection between the natural and built environment. CNR’s comprehensive approach to teaching, research, extension, and engagement empowers our students and stakeholders, and encompasses the many and varied ways in which people’s physical, economic, and social needs are met through the responsible use of natural resources.
Essential Job Duties
The Assistant Director is responsible for serving as a liaison with the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Natural Resources. The position will be the annual giving fundraising advocate, resource and expert for assigned colleges while maintaining a strong working relationship with associated staff.
In this role, the Assistant Director works with the Annual Giving team to manage and implement fundraising strategies, which align with college and Annual Giving goals.
The Assistant Director also monitors all data and trends for the Colleges providing regular updates to the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Natural Resources.
The Assistant Director reports to the Associate Director, College/Unit Strategy and Day of Giving Manager and works closely with the Annual Giving staff, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Natural Resources and the University Communications team.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide strategic direction and long-range/short-range planning for growing the annual giving program while supporting the greater development and campaign goals of the colleges.
- Act as the top annual giving fundraising advocate, resource and expert for the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Natural Resources while maintaining a strong working relationship with associated staff.
- Manage and execute mail, email and web solicitations sent from the annual giving office that utilize content and segmentation strategies for the colleges.
- Integrate colleges’ messaging within the scope of the annual giving team’s university-wide fundraising campaigns.
- Maximize return for NC State Day of Giving for the colleges through the utilization of segmentation and unique content.
- Perform copywriting for fundraising communications of the colleges.
- Perform copywriting and editing for university-wide fundraising communications as needed.
- Partner with NC State Annual Giving, University Communications and provide strategic direction and long-range/short-range planning for growing the annual giving program while supporting the greater development and campaign goals of the colleges.
- Work with marketing and communications staff for design, editing, videography and other asset deliverables.
- Utilize data and reporting information to strategically enhance marketing efforts.
- Serve as the primary point of contact for the colleges and provide regular updates to the teams.
- Follow emerging trends and best practices in annual giving direct marketing strategy
- Assist in the detailed planning of annual solicitation programs, which may include special campaigns.
- Perform other duties as required or assigned.
- Attend a variety of events throughout the year.
- Occasional travel and occasional night and weekend work is required.
Minimum Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and one year of professional-level experience in direct solicitation / fundraising or a closely related field (such as sales) are required.
Other Required Qualifications
- Project management experience with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and make decisions to move the program forward.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, complex, team-oriented environment
- Demonstrated project management and organizational skills with a strong attention to detail and deadlines
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Working knowledge of Mac OSX and Windows desktop environments
- Ability to work independently, to be creative and exercise initiative
- High energy level and strong drive to be successful
- Unquestioned integrity in dealing with confidential information
- Open and accessible interpersonal style; good listener
- Optimistic, persistent and positive attitude
- Knowledge of strategies that target annual giving prospects, donors and alumni.
- Experience in a non-profit development office is preferred. Vendor management is a plus. Familiarity with direct marketing practices and techniques, including test strategies, segmentation strategies, and measurement of results is desirable.
- Proven experience in fundraising operations.
- Experience producing and executing large scale/comprehensive mailings (50K+ constituents) is desirable.
- Work experience requiring effective writing, proofing and editing skills is preferred.
- Knowledge of principles, practices and ethics of fundraising.
- An understanding of the land grant, research Tier One university environment.
$57,000 – $60,000
Link to apply: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/192483