Executive Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations

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Executive Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations (#20014274)

Position Summary: The University of North Carolina has enjoyed a long-standing place among leaders in higher education since it was chartered in 1789 and opened its doors for students in 1795 as the nation's first public university.  Situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, N.C., Carolina has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by any public university in the nation. 

Carolina Development is proud of its donor-centered philosophy, pursuing activities that always respect the interests and intentions of the donor as well as the University.  The organization's collaborative nature is a critical component to fulfilling our mission of raising private funds to benefit the university.  The university is in the early stages of planning its next comprehensive campaign and is currently recruiting top national talent to join the team. 

The Executive Director of Stewardship will have responsibility for the overall vision and direction of Carolina’s stewardship efforts as well as the development and implementation of innovative, strategic, comprehensive and successful stewardship programs. Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, the Executive Director plans, designs, implements, assesses and coordinates all aspects of the Stewardship programs including donor recognition, stewardship reporting, and related communications that strategically target donors at all levels of giving to the University. 

Principal Functions:

  • Designs, implements and coordinates a university-wide donor recognition program that consistently engages and recognizes all donors at every level. Possesses the ability to work closely with the schools and units
  • Develops and manages a multi-year, donor-centric stewardship and donor relations plan and a set of program performance metrics including an evaluation procedure that monitors the relationship between stewardship and successful future solicitations.  Establishes and manages assessments and evaluations to engage the effectiveness of the program based on input from donors and internal stakeholders.
  • Builds and nurtures cooperative relationships with development officers and university leadership and provides individualized support and assistance appropriate to each school and unit’s needs.  Convenes quarterly stewardship Council consisting of stewardship representatives from across the university.  
  • Develops and maintains an effective process to ensure excellence in acknowledgments, financial and usage report.  Collaborate with Development Communications to ensure the highest quality donor stewardship materials.  Communicate and work directly with donors regarding a variety of inquiries and activities and proactively engage family members in addition to the donors.
  • Provides high quality touches from high level donors such as working with the schools and units to create individual stewardship plans, impact reports, endowment reports and unified stewardship reports.
  • Collaborates with University Events to develop strategy for effective engagement and recognition stewardship events.
  • Manages the activities and membership for the university’s recognition societies including cumulative giving through Lux Libertas and annual giving through the Chancellor’s club.
  • Supervise staff and manage operations of the Stewardship Office. 
  • Carry out other such duties assigned.  

Education Requirements:  A Bachelor’s degree required.    

Qualification and Experience Requirements:

A minimum of seven to ten years of experience, preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization), in development, stewardship, donor relations or a related field is required.  Previous experience interacting with donors is highly desirable as well as exceptional written and oral communication skills.  An employment history highlighted by increasing levels of responsibility and a demonstrated ability to exercise sensitivity and good judgment in dealing with staff and the public.  Ability to work effectively development colleagues, and University leadership.  High level of initiative and ability to work independently.  A strong drive to be successful.  A high energy level and the capacity to handle a heavy work load.  Integrity.  Sincerity. 

Candidate Instructions:

Please apply online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/98753.  All candidates must apply online and submit a cover letter and resume.   

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We also encourage protected veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. 

Additional questions about the application process may be directed to Lisa Waldeck, HR Consultant at 919-962-0015 or Lisa_Waldeck@unc.edu.