Development Officer for Alumni Giving

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 09, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Working Title
Development Officer for Alumni Giving
External Link to Posting
Vacancy Number
Position Number
Location of Workplace
Wise Alumni House
University Advancement - 50000
University Advancement - 50000 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The university is preparing to publicly launch a comprehensive fundraising campaign at the beginning of 2021, and this Development Officer for Alumni Giving position will help inspire leadership level philanthropic investment among university constituents, especially among our 90,000 alumni. Successful candidates will help convey important campaign priorities to key constituents and help University Advancement build momentum around alumni participation goals.

We are seeking a candidate who proactively seeks out opportunities to connect with potential donors in order to increase annual giving production and meet campaign goals, as well as someone who will contribute new ideas and establish operations that transcend the campaign period.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a nationally recognized development team that values innovation, collaboration and accountability. The Development Officer for Alumni Giving provides a platform to build meaningful relationships with alumni from various decades, degree programs and regions in North Carolina and beyond. A great growth opportunity, offering the incumbent the ability to influence UNCW’s alumni participation rate concurrent with the university’s rising reputation.

Key responsibilities:
• Manages a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects, primarily alumni, with the goal of increasing membership in the UNCW Society with annual gifts generally of $1,000 to $25,000
• Attends special events, board meetings, and other events held during and after normal working hours to cultivate and steward donors and prospective donors
• Collaborates with colleagues in support of the ongoing development and implementation of marketing strategies and stewardship efforts aligned with the UNCW Society.
• Involves planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating strategies to obtain outright annual gifts and pledges.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

A bachelors’ degree is required. A minimum of two years of professional fundraising experience in a higher education environment and/or experience in sales, marketing or communications.

• Superior verbal and written communication, interpersonal, relationship building, creative problem-solving skills
• Demonstrated ability to work interdependently and independently in a collaborative environment
• Ability to request and interpret complex data reports to evaluate prospects and progress
• Computer literacy, using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, is fundamental
• Competency in navigation and use of the university’s database (Raiser’s Edge) and other development related software is essential
• Knowledge of the moves management cycle and process
• The incumbent must possess a passion for service excellence, integrity, a positive outlook, commitment to highest standard of donor ethics, a strong work ethic, be self-motivated and committed to high performance and dedication to the value of higher education.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

• Understanding of the needs and interests of donors in order to develop relationships between them and the university and the ability to travel extensively.
• Knowledge of the “Moves Management System.”
• Ability to request and interpret complex data reports to determine potential prospects.
• Superior written and verbal communication, interpersonal, relationship building, creative problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work interdependently and independently in a collaborative environment is vital.
• Demonstrated passion for service excellence, integrity, a positive outlook, commitment to highest standard of donor ethics, a strong work ethic, be self-motivated and committed to high performance and dedication to the value of higher education.
• Experience in sales, marketing or communications.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The division for University Advancement responds to the needs of a variety of external and internal constituents in achieving its primary goals to: 1) Increase private financial support for prioritized university programs and activities, and 2) Improve external relations for the university through effective board management and donor stewardship. The division strives to raise funds, as outlined by the Chancellor’s vision statement and strategic plan, from the private sector to further the university mission of pursuing the resources that will enable our faculty and students to excel, and becoming intensely regionally engaged. In doing so, the division plans strategically to facilitate the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all constituencies, and seeks to positively promote the university. The division’s fundraising efforts are enhanced by effective partnerships with components of the campus community as well as external audiences including alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, legislators, volunteer board members and friends. Development areas include major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, UNCW constituent liaison and alumni relations. Prospect management and research, advancement services, stewardship and advancement events and boards are support services for the fundraising activities of the division.

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Special Notes to Applicants

Months Per Year
12 Months
Position Type
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe how you would effectively build rapport with alumni and other donors through email, phone and in-person communications.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * What are the top 1-2 strategies or tactics an effective leadership annual giving officer should be proficient at in order to be highly effective, especially as it relates to inspiring alumni to give.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Share the different approaches you would use in order to communicate effectively with all generations of alumni.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington (2019-2020)?
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW Facebook Page
    • UNCW Linkedin Page
    • UNCW Twitter Account
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women In Higher Education
    • Other