Director of Development for Major Gifts

Vacancy: #14E067
Position: #1389

The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, is recruiting for a Director of Development for Major Gifts. The Director will function as a member of a team of development and advancement professionals and a member of the University Advancement staff.  Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement, this position will work with senior administration and volunteers to identify, cultivate and solicit prospective major donors. This particular position will work closely with the Watson College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services to build and manage a robust portfolio of prospects in partnership with the respective deans.

Located in southeastern North Carolina within minutes of the Atlantic Ocean, UNC Wilmington is one of 17 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and more than 35 graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, for approximately 13,000 students. Ranked among the top 10 public master’s institutions in the South by U.S. News and World Report for the last 14 years, UNC Wilmington is an active learning community that is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Responsibilities: The responsibilities of a Director of Development for Major Gifts includes serving on a team charged with managing UNCW’s development efforts as they relate to major gift prospect identification, major donor relationship nurturing, and solicitation and stewardship in order to reach the strategic and foremost fundraising objectives of the university, and particularly the College of Health and Human Services and the Watson College of Education. This position will be expected to effectively manage a portfolio of roughly 150 major gifts prospects with the intent of developing relationships that inspire major gifts of $25,000 and above.  This position’s portfolio will be aligned with the Watson College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services.  Extensive interaction with external constituencies entails a significant part of the responsibilities of this position.  Secondary duties include consultation for and attendance to activities essential to effective development work including development articles for campus publications, public relations materials and special events.  

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelors degree required with a minimum of a five-year demonstrated track record of public or private development efforts, preferably in the non-profit or higher education sector.  Preferred qualifications include master’s degree and experience managing relationships with high-level prospects in an effort to secure major gifts.

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the web at  A letter of application, curriculum vita and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three current professional references should be addressed to the Director of Development for Major Gifts Search Committee and attached to the online application – not e-mailed or mailed.  Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are specifically preferred.  Letters of reference will be required for highly ranked candidates.  For questions regarding the online application process, contact Jennifer Coombs at 910.962.3196 or   Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and are not subject to public release.  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 20, 2014, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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