Primary Purpose of Position
The Director of Development is responsible for designing strategies that will permit the institution to acquire, manage, and distribute funds that will enhance the educational mission of the institution. This position is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing approaches to acquire or solicit funds from various sources including governmental grant programs, public/private foundations, corporate giving programs, through individual or small group gifts and bequests, capital campaigns, special projects, and through other sources. The Director of Development is also responsible for coordinating the long-range planning program of giving opportunities; for providing effective systems of communications between the institution and the current and potential funding sources of the institution; and for developing and maintaining data gathering and informational systems.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Division of University Advancement is one of seven administrative divisions at North Carolina A&T State University. Our mission is to support the university through the enhancement and management of private resources by expanding opportunities for engagement, increasing the division’s resources, strengthening the university’s brand, and improving communications.
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required with related experience. Experience in development with a non-profit or in higher education preferred. Ability to work independently and in teams, meet high goals and interact effectively with alumni, friends, faculty and staff in a comprehensive research university setting. Willingness to travel and work weekends.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
- Master’s degree.
- Seven years or more of related experience.
- Skills and experience relevant to securing major gifts, which can include front line fundraising, financial advising, and estate planning
- A strategic, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach to fundraising
-A knowledge of contemporary philanthropy and the vehicles available to individuals to achieve their philanthropic goals
- A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and collaboratively
- The capacity to communicate with a wide variety of individuals and inspire them to support programming in a broad range of University programs
- An understanding of complex, comprehensive institutions and an appreciation for and understanding of diverse audiences and communities.