The Senior Director of Development and Planned Giving will be a leader in the Division of Advancement and looked upon to set a tone for amplified professional fundraising at Western Carolina University, is responsible for developing and implementing plans for securing major and deferred gifts from donors through estate planning, outright gifts, pledges and other types of gifts. This position will be responsible for the management of development officers, the cultivation, solicitation and securing/closing of planned and major gifts and management of real estate matters for Western Carolina University Foundation. This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Advancement, serves on the Vice Chancellor's leadership team, works closely with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development, Executive Director for Advancement Services, Director for Alumni Engagement, the Western Carolina University Foundation support staff, and the university's Office of General Counsel.
A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of development management experience, preferably in higher education. Experience in strategic planning and serving as an active member of a leadership team. Deep knowledge of current estate planning, including wills, trusts, and estate and gift tax laws. Experience using planned giving or fundraising software used by nonprofits. Ability to work independently, research and analysis, goal-setting, communication and project management. Proven record in securing major and planned gifts and demonstrated expertise in knowledge of best practices related to major gifts and planned giving programs. Ability to work in an environment that encourages consensus building, teamwork, collegial decision-making, and accountability for results is essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience in working with academic leaders, university administrators and volunteer boards. Willingness and ability to carry out the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement and the ability to create policy and direction and allocate fundraising resources most effectively. Willingness to travel and work nights and weekends.
A Juris Doctorate is preferred and experience dealing with legal issues related to real estate matters.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered, you must apply online.
Attach a cover letter, current resume and a list of four references (including complete contact information with name, title, address, email, and phone) to complete the application.
For questions and additional information, please contact Joyce Carpenter at 828-227-3054.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.