Assistant Director of Advancement Events and Boards

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 22, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Vacancy Number
Position Title
University Program Specialist
Working Title
Assistant Director of Advancement Events and Boards
Competency Level
University Advancement - 50000
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The division of 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, and external and donor relations are support services for the fundraising activities of the division.

University Advancement - 50000 College
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.

Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

Reporting to the Director of Advancement Events and Boards, the Assistant Director of Advancement Events and Boards is responsible for assisting the Director in providing broad program knowledge and guidance to the Advancement Events and Boards team, University Advancement (UA) as a whole with respect to advancement related special events and board management for specifically the Board of Visitors, as well as a broad knowledge of the Board of Trustees External Affairs Committee, the Foundation Board, and Friends of UNCW . This includes strategically positioning the university to identify, cultivate, ask and steward donors at all levels, including major and principal donors ($25,000-$100,000 major donors; $1,000,000+ principal donors), as well as annual donors (to a lesser degree).

Key Responsibilities:
• Collaborates with high level University Advancement administrators to provide superior experience, events and stewardship for major and principal donors, prominent alumni, community leaders, nationally and internationally known individuals and government leaders.
• Collaborates with high level administrators, development directors and volunteers (i.e. board members) – major and principal donors on identification, cultivation and stewardship of board volunteers to influence gift outcomes.
• Collaborates with university advancement partners and university partners to provide high impact events for alumni and annual donor cultivation and stewardship to influence gift outcomes.
• Initiates and directs board planning in conjunction with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development Operations and the Director of Advancement Events and Boards with oversight to promote building positive donor and prospect relationships.
• Establishes internal relationships with program leaders in order to highlight outstanding students, faculty and programs for major and principal gift donors/prospects.
• Manages events and board budgets for the Board of Visitors.
• Negotiates with vendors to provide the highest quality possible.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

• Ability to identify, analyze and evaluate situations or problems with attention to detail to determine and implement appropriate courses of action.
• 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 the highest standard of donor ethics, a strong work ethic, self-motivated and committed to high performance and dedication to the value of higher education.
• Ability to organize and adjust workload to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
• Ability to maintain positive working relationships using good judgment and discretion with high level UA administrators and other staff along with their university partners that they encounter in their work.
• Dedication to providing common support to the UA Division and to participate and engage in activities that support this mission beyond those items specifically listed above.
• Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel, Word; project management software experience a plus.

Preferred education, professional skills and experience

Ability to organize and adjust workload to handle multiple responsibilities and projects simultaneously.

Experience with Raiser’s Edge & Blackbaud NetCommunity; ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate situations or problems to determine and implement appropriate courses of action.

Must be proficient in written and oral communication skills; excellent professional interpersonal skills including excellent oral and face-to-face communication skills as well as the ability to consistently produce concise, professionally written communications and the ability to interact with all levels of the organization.

Honesty and integrity with the ability to manage highly confidential information with respect and discretion; ability to exercise sound, independent judgment where appropriate, following established protocols and procedures; high aptitude for successful decision-making and problem-solving based on collaborative input, feedback and knowledge.

Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team-based environment, utilizing strong project management and problem-solving skills; independently manage multiple diverse and competing priorities while meeting deadlines; statistical literacy, strong analytical, outstanding organizational and time-management skills; high level of attention to detail.

Required Certifications or licensure


Recruitment Range
$43,647 - $48,542
1.0 (40 hours per week)
Months Per Year
12 Months
Work Days
Monday - Friday, occasional weekend and nights
Work Hours
8:00AM-5:00PM, some evenings as needed
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited

Position Number
Job Posting Date
Posting Close Date
Special Notes to Applicants

PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application before you apply for this position. Failure to answer all required questions will cause the system to disqualify your application.

For more info/to apply visit Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

You will be required to attach a cover letter and resume to successfully apply for this position. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position.

This position is being recruited at the Journey level. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

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.

External Link to Posting
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (HISTORICAL) List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Similar jobs

Similar jobs