Regional Development Officer

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.

Carolina Development is seeking applications for the position of Regional Development Officer for the western-most counties in North Carolina. 

Reporting to the Executive Director of Development for Regional Programs, the Regional Development Officer will be assigned to represent the University in the greater Asheville, NC metro area, as well as the northwestern and southwestern mountain counties.   The preferred candidate will reside in the Asheville area and will have two-plus years of experience in soliciting major gifts in that market.  Coordinating with the University's overall fundraising program, the Regional Development Officer will maintain and manage a personal portfolio of top prospects to identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts to support the University, with emphasis on University initiatives that have a programmatic presence in the Asheville area, including but not limited to, Medicine, Public Health, and Pharmacy.

Principal Functions:

Maintain and manage a personal portfolio of 125 major gift prospects ($100,000+) with a mandate to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts to support the University.  Serve as a liaison to specific schools and units where appropriate.  Participate in strategic planning for the assigned geographic region(s).

Plan programs for achieving established fund-raising objectives.  Under the direction of and in consultation with the Executive Director of Development for Regional Programs, develop and implement strategies where appropriate to identify, involve, and include regional volunteers in major gift fundraising activities including prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation.  Plan and conduct special and public events in the region(s) on behalf of the University and constituent units.

Carry out other such responsibilities as may be assigned by the Executive Director of Development for Regional Programs and senior management.

Education Requirements:  A bachelor's degree is required.  A master's degree is preferred.

Qualification and Experience Requirements:

Preferably 3-5 years of demonstrated successful major gift fundraising or transferrable experience.  Proven, excellent verbal and written communication skills.  The skill to motivate and engender the confidence of prospects and donors.  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, timeliness of follow-through and strength of written and verbal communication skills.  Regular trips to Chapel Hill, evening and some weekend work are required.

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.