Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Engagement

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Working Title

Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Engagement

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Location of Workplace

Main UNCW Campus


University Advancement - 50000


University Advancement - 50000 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Assistant Director of Corporation and Foundation Engagement works with the Director to create and execute strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporation and foundation prospects that results in significant contributions to UNCW and strengthens scholarly efforts across all academic disciplines. This position reports to the Director of Corporation and Foundation Engagement and works closely with the Associate Provost for Research on managing key grant proposals from identification through stewardship.
This position is a team member of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Engagement in University Advancement, working in partnership with units across campus to secure funding from corporations and foundations.

The Assistant Director of Corporation and Foundation Engagement:

  • Strengthens and grows the corporate and foundation philanthropy program, positioning UNCW to raise significant money through complex, multifaceted, high quality relationships with corporations and foundations.
  • Works collaboratively with faculty, academic administrators and advancement to match university needs, strengths and interests with the interests of prospective foundation and corporate supporters.
  • Manages a portfolio of funding prospects at the local, regional/state and national level.
  • Manages proposal and LOI development for corporate and foundation prospects (write, review and edit content, including narratives, budgets and attachments).
  • Maintains report and proposals deadline calendars.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Relevant post-baccalaureate degree required, or undergraduate degree with relevant experience in substitution.

Minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated successful experience in the design, implementation, and execution of successful fundraising programs, including proposal and grant writing; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Preferred qualifications include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in a higher education
  • Ability to understand the nature of corporate and foundation philanthropy as it relates to higher education and the ability to communicate the critical role of corporate and foundation support in ensuring the success of the research, teaching, scholarship, and outreach mission of the university
  • Superior written and verbal communication and interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills and the ability to initiate and collaborate with others, at all levels
  • Ability to work interdependently and independently in a collaborative environment
  • Possesses a passion for service excellence, integrity, a positive outlook, a strong work ethic, be self-motivated and committed to high performance and dedication to the value of higher education.
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment of public and private development efforts including proficiency in the basic principles and techniques of successful fundraising as they pertain to identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, group, corporate and foundation prospects, preferably in the non-profit or higher educational sector

Required Certifications or Licensures


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, university events and boards, and the business office 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.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Number of Openings

Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

Months Per Year

12 Months

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Writing Sample
Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have any experience with Proposal Writing? If so, please give an example.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington (2021)?
    • 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

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