UNC-CH School of Social Work Associate Dean for Advancement

The School of Social Work is seeking applications for the position of Associate Dean for Advancement.  This position reports directly to the Dean and is a member of the Dean’s senior management team.  In consultation with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Advancement is responsible for creating a strategic vision for the School’s overall fundraising program and its office of communications.  The Associate Dean must develop strong stakeholder relationships with specific focus on faculty, marketing, communications and finance.  This position staffs the Dean’s work with select principal prospects and manages the School’s portfolio of top prospects to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major and principal gifts.

The primary function of the Associate Dean is to serve as a member of the Dean’s senior management team, which guides the programmatic, operational, and strategic direction of the School of Social Work.

Principal Functions:

Plan, manage, and execute a comprehensive advancement program for the School of Social Work.  Work closely with the Dean, faculty, and staff to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major, principal, annual, planned giving, and corporate and foundation gifts to support the School of Social Work.  Develop and implement diversified strategies to ensure that the School sets and meets growing annual revenue and campaign goals.  Manage a portfolio of top prospects, and set and meet typical metrics for personal visits and gifts. Interface with all constituent stakeholders to build, maintain, and interact with growing prospect list, and create a development plan for the School that includes a stewardship plan for existing donors.  Recruit and manage volunteers to assist with The School’s fundraising efforts.  Develop and manage a comprehensive annual fund campaign for alumni, parents, students and friends of the School.  Develop creative strategies to increase annual giving.  Plan for and manage support staff who support the Alumni Council.  Plan and implement alumni activities focusing on advancement goals and efforts.

Provide support to the Dean and other members of the School community for private research funding. Work closely with faculty and students to identify private, foundation, and corporate sources of funding that may offer support for research activities and other identified priorities.  Identify possible funding sources and provide proposal development support.

Serve as a member of the School’s Scholarship committee by specifically assuring that students receiving financial support are meeting the requirements as noted in the scholarship authorizations.

Serve as the Executive Director and ex-officio member of the School of Social Work Foundation.  Recruit members to the foundation board.  Plan and manage Board meetings.  Ensure that the School of Social Work Foundation complies with all relevant rules and regulations as a university-associated entity.  Update by-laws as necessary and provide regular reports to the University’s finance department.  Oversee annual audits of the foundation.  Serve as a member of the Alumni Council and the Board of Advisors.  Recruit Board members and plan meetings.

To ensure a comprehensive advancement program, develop, evaluate and manage the School’s public relations and communications efforts.  Coordinate the work of the Communications and Public Affairs department and create and execute an effective public relations and development strategy for all School communication outlets.

Serve as the School of Social Work liaison with the University Development Office, and participate and coordinate with the activities of the University Development Office. Ensure that the School’s fundraising needs are being addressed at the University level and that the School’s fundraising activities and communications are in compliance with UNC-Chapel Hill’s generally accepted guidelines. In consultation with the Dean, work with University Development Office to set appropriate goals on an annual basis.

Carry out other such responsibilities as may be assigned by the Dean.

Education Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

Qualification and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in the field of development
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishments with respect to major gifts and corporate and foundation fundraising
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a comprehensive fundraising program working independently and with volunteers
  • Ability to interact effectively in a comprehensive environment such as, a research university setting; and exhibit the highest standards of professionalism and performance as evidenced by collaborative teamwork, initiative, critical thinking, good judgment, consistency of output, and timeliness of follow-through
  • The skill to motivate and engender the confidence of prospects and donors
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to work efficiently on multiple projects
  • Travel, occasional evening and weekend work required

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Candidates should electronically upload a curriculum vita, a letter outlining interest and prior experience regarding development, fundraising, marketing and leading a team for a major fundraising event.

All applicants must apply online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/124648 .

Include within the electronic application three to four professional referees; their institution, email and phone number (referees will receive a system generated email to upload a referee letter when a finalist pool has been established). Please Note: Referee letters SHOULD NOT be mailed directly to the School of Social Work.

Uploaded cover letters may be addressed to:

Jack Richman, PhD, Johnson-Howard-Adair Distinguished Professor
UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work
325 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3550

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.