Associate Director of Athletics for Major Gifts

Vacancy #13E044
Position # 1937

The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, is seeking an Associate Director of Athletics for Major Gifts. The Associate Director will function as a member of the major gift team in the Division for University Advancement and is under the joint supervision of the Director of Athletics and the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.

Located in southeastern North Carolina within minutes of the Atlantic Ocean, UNC Wilmington is one of 17 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and more than 35 graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, for approximately 13,000 students. Ranked among the top 10 public master’s institutions in the South by U.S. News and World Report for the last 14 years, UNC Wilmington is an active learning community that is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service.

The responsibilities of the Associate Director of Athletics for Major Gifts include management of UNCW’s development efforts as they relate to prospect identification, major donor relationship cultivation, solicitation and stewardship in the area of Athletics in order to reach the strategic and foremost fundraising objectives of the university.  Must be able to travel and attend weekend and evening events.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelors degree required, with a minimum of five years’ management experience working in a higher education fundraising department at a professional level.  The successful candidate will have experience with university capital and comprehensive campaigns and working knowledge of IRS regulations governing charitable giving. Masters degree preferred, with advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations and public relations, and experience in athletics fundraising. (Amended October 31, 2012). 

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the web at A letter of application, curriculum vita and contact information (including e-mail address) for three current professional references should be addressed to the Associate Director of Athletics for Major Gifts Search Committee and attached to the online application – not e-mailed or mailed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are specifically preferred. Letters of reference will be required for highly ranked candidates. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Jennifer Coombs at 910.962.3196.  Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and are not subject to public release. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by November 18, 2012.

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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