Director of Development, Biomedical Engineering

Director of Development, Biomedical Engineering

(Position # 20003311)

Position Summary

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University seek a seasoned development professional to lead efforts in securing external funding and partnerships for their joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. This unique position will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations on behalf of this fast growing department. The position will initiate, strengthen and manage strategic relationships with corporate and foundation philanthropic partners and individual donors, closing major and principal gifts and grants of $100,000 and above. This position will plan and implement a program of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major corporate, foundation, and individual prospects. The position will maintain offices in both Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Travel is required.

Principal Functions:

Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate, foundation and individual prospects on behalf of the joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. Maintain a high level of accountability for activity and dollars raised. Focus on gifts, grants, and endowments of $100,000 or more.

Develop and maintain a high level of knowledge of the Biomedical Engineering Department. Work with the department head to engage faculty, administrators and volunteer leadership in major gift and grant approaches.

Coordinate fundraising activities at both UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State. Meet regularly with leadership to set goals, develop strategies, and evaluate progress.

Attend professional development seminars and conferences as appropriate.

Perform other responsibilities as may be assigned by leadership.

Extensive travel is required.

Educational Requirement

A Bachelor’s degree is required. A master level or higher degree in a science or engineering discipline is preferred.

Qualifications and Experience

Ideal candidates should have: A successful track record in philanthropic and/or business development and have a working knowledge of the biomedical and/or engineering fields. Three years to five years of experience in corporate, foundation or individual fundraising or related development experience. Must demonstrate superior people skills. Experience in writing successful proposals and meeting goals. Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Mastery of the basic principles and techniques of successful fundraising as they pertain to the identification, cultivation, and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors. Ability to interact effectively in a comprehensive, research university setting. Ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, and volunteers. Willingness to do extensive travel. A strong drive to be successful. A high energy level; Integrity/sincerity.

Candidate Instructions:

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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