Development Officer for Leadership Annual Gifts

Vacancy # 13E074
Position # 1372

The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, is recruiting for a Development Officer for Leadership Annual Gifts.  The successful candidate will function as a member of a team of development and advancement professionals and a member of the University Advancement staff to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors in the leadership category (which is defined as gifts between $1,000 and $25,000) as well as manage the annual giving clubs.

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.

Responsibilities: The primary purpose of the Development Officer for Leadership Annual Gifts is to manage certain segments and/or a portfolio of donor prospects with the goal of upgrading or initiating annual gifts.  Solicitations will be multi-channel including but not limited to phone calls, mail, emails and some personal visits.  The Development Officer will also be responsible for managing the annual giving clubs to include developing and implementing a marketing plan, solicitation strategies, and stewardship efforts to increase the level of annual gifts.  

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelors’ degree is required as well as broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising and ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle.  A minimum of two years of professional fundraising experience in a higher education environment and experience in sales, marketing or communications are preferred qualifications.

Salary Range:  The hiring range for this position is between $44,000 and $46,000

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 addresses) for three current professional references should be addressed to the Development Officer for Leadership 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 or   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 April 11, 2013, however the position will remain open until filled. 

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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