Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 03/14/2019

UNC Asheville

Asheville, NC

Position Summary

  • The Director of Annual Giving provides strategic leadership and management of a comprehensive, integrated annual giving program for UNC Asheville.
  • Responsibilities include achieving the giving goals and objectives by planning, managing, and executing the University’s annual fundraising initiatives.
  • The Director achieves this by utilizing multi-channel communication methods of social media, email, mail, telephone, and face to face to seek financial gifts from the University’s prospective donors, including alumni, friends, parents, faculty/staff, and students who make gifts below $25,000.
  • The Director is responsible for drafting and maintaining the annual production plan on behalf of the constituent programs to address all Annual Fund and solicitation needs. In addition to solicitations, the Director will also provide stewardship to current donors.
  • The Director will supervise one staff member and the student call center. The Director will also oversee the volunteer Advocates for giving campaigns. He/She will work with the Alumni Association Board of Directors and will serve as the liaison to the Philanthropy Committee of this board.
  • The Director will collaborate with department heads within the division and across campus, as appropriate, to develop and implement communication plans to engage and solicit their specific audiences. The Director will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of donors for leadership annual gifts.

Required Education/Experience/Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree and equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • One to three years of direct fundraising experience.
  • All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills

  • Experience with effective multi-channel solicitation and/or communication strategy
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and best practices
  • Project management and organizational skills
  • A commitment to staying educated on trends and new technologies necessary to grow the Annual Giving program
  • Experience in a comprehensive campaign in higher education

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to use data analytics to develop strategies and vision of annual giving program
  • Proven track-records of completing a metric-driven and project-based projects
  • Demonstrated success in planning and executing successful fundraising campaigns and/or communication projects
  • Ability to clearly articulate the mission, vision, and values of the University.
  • Knowledge of UNC Asheville’s history, traditions and program.

Work Schedule and Hours

  • Typical office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but extended afternoon, evening and weekend work is required to be successful in this position.
  • Work on evenings and weekends is required for advancing social media during and after events.
  • Much work is accomplished outside of regular office hours (8am-5pm).
  • Office hours and conditions are adjusted to meet the needs of the position.
  • Full-Time

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.

UNC Asheville’s commitment to increasing and sustaining the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is reflected in our strategic plan goals of diversity and inclusion, and social sustainability. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions 

  • Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date for each specific position. Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.
  • Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution.
  • If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.
  • It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

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