The Director of Development will identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit gifts from alumni and non-alumni friends to forward the fundraising goals and mission of the university. The Director of Development will develop, manage, and execute prospect strategies to increase donor engagement with a focus on raising gifts of $35k+ from individuals. The Director of Development works collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other development and advancement staff, and other College representatives to cultivate and solicit donors for college-wide priorities.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Director of Development plays a vital role in the University's fundraising efforts by supporting the overall development strategy and cultivating donor relationships. In conjunction with the Advancement team, the Director of Development will build a pipeline of prospective donors focused on the major gift level. The Director of Development will collaborate closely with advancement staff, volunteers, and college/unit leadership in identifying, qualifying, and developing relationships with alumni, corporate partners, and friends to secure private philanthropic support. The Director of Development will be responsible for developing and executing a major gift fundraising strategy to support the newly formed College of Humanities, Earth & Social Sciences (C.H.E.S.S)andthe J. Murrey Atkins Library in alignment with the University's strategic plan, Shaping What's Next.
Key responsibilities will include:
Leads efforts for the College for the upcoming capital campaign by collaborating with the College and supporting unit/program leadership to develop a philanthropic strategy that advances the key priorities for the campaign and the College's mission.
Serves as the primary liaison between the Advancement division and College leadership, as well as its supporting units/programs.
Identify, qualify, cultivate, and build a strategic pipeline/portfolio of prospects focused on major gift level ($35,000+).
Consistently meet individual metrics and fundraising goals.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records in the advancement database, tracking donor interactions, gifts, and engagement activities.
Independently and in collaboration with the University Advancement Special Projects team, prepare and submit proposals to current and prospective donors.
Collaborate with colleagues within the development team, academic departments, and other university units to coordinate fundraising efforts and ensure alignment with the overall institutional goals.
Perform other duties as required or assigned.
Attend a variety of events throughout the year.
Regular local travel and some regional/out-of-state travel are required for this position.
Minimum Experience / Education:
Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years of professional experience related to fundraising, nonprofit management, higher education, sales, marketing, development, business administration, project management, or relationship management.
Proven experience in fundraising, development, or similar roles, with a demonstrated track record of successful donor cultivation and gift solicitation.
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
Team-oriented, self-starter who can proactively work and manage complex tasks.
Proficiency in using fundraising databases and software.
Commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
Passion for the mission of the University and the ability to articulate its impact effectively.
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. Our campus is located in the piedmont of North Carolina, just two hours from the mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Ocean. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 27,200 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home.