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Associate Dean for Advancement

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Competitive Salary
Start date
Oct 19, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Dean for Advancement
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Department Description:  
Gillings Advancement offers a variety of services to facilitate the School’s research, teaching and service mission, promoting the development of public health policy, publicizing School activities and public health issues, and generating financial support from alumni, foundations, corporations and the NC Legislature. The office also coordinates special events.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position description:  
The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the top public school of public health in the U.S. and second overall, behind Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings. The School is known for anticipating future public health threats and challenges and accelerating solutions. With a history of outstanding research, education and service, the School is poised for an even greater future. We aim to enhance our reputation, fundraising, global partnerships and resources to facilitate the School’s efforts to turn research into real-world solutions and train the next generation of public health leaders. Effective, creative and cutting- edge fundraising strategies are an important part of our leadership strategy. 

The Associate Dean for Advancement is the School’s chief fundraising leader and also serves as Executive Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Public Health Foundation, Inc. The Associate Dean is a member of the Dean’s Council in a senior management capacity. In these dual roles, they are responsible for identifying, developing and nurturing relationships with alumni, major donors, influential individuals who may become donors, foundations, corporations, and other potential funders to expand the assets of the Foundation and the capacity of the School. In this capacity, they lead the volunteer board and oversees all its activities. The position also manages the SPH Advisory Council and oversees the Alumni Association Board. Other ad-hoc volunteer groups also are created from time to time for particular purposes. 

 SPH Advancement includes fundraising functions, external affairs and alumni relations. The Associate Dean integrates and coordinates advancement activities and assures that they meet the goals and objectives of the School, in collaboration with internal and external leadership. This position will also ensure like communication to state legislators, local leaders and NC General Assembly support staff. Exercising judgement in responding to governmental or constituent inquiries, developing rapport with members of the North Carolina General Assembly and legislative staff, and staying of developments that impact Gillings. They will also be expected to establish and manage key relationships with other state agencies, elected officials at all levels, and maintain an understanding of state activities and possible impact to the school. 

The Associate Dean will work closely with the Dean to oversee successful planning and execution for a SPH fundraising campaign that exceeds 200 million and they also will maintain a portfolio that includes some of the highest-rated donors and potential donors to the School. Finally, the Associate Dean functions as a member of the UNC Development team to lead the overall UNC Chapel Hill development operation. In that capacity, there is a dotted line relationship to the University’s Vice-Chancellor for Development.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:  
Expansive prior advancement leadership experience; Experience establishing effective working relationships with leaders, donors, faculty, students; Attention to detail, time-management, and excellent organizational skills; Able to interact effectively in a complex setting, able to function in a fast-paced, excellent but lean organization with a high energy level and the drive to be successful; Ability to lead and manage a high-performing team and to collaborate effectively with other teams and individuals across the School, University and beyond; Willingness to attend functions nights and weekends; and Flexibility to travel up to 30-40% of the time.

Education Requirements:  
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent) with three years or greater of related professional experience; for candidates demonstrating comparable professional backgrounds, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and five years or greater of relevant experience in substitution.

Qualifications and Experience:  
Minimum ten years successful fundraising experience in a higher education setting with a proven track record of soliciting and closing gifts above 1 million; Exceptional written and oral communications skills, including through use of digital communications; Demonstrated, effective experience leading volunteer boards; Experience producing case statements and other campaign tools. Facility with social media and the use of internet tools in donor relations. Knowledge of North Carolina, sensitivity to the special nature of the region, and an appreciation of the role of the public University in North Carolina and the potential impact of advancing the public’s health as well as advancing the discipline of public health.

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Department Contact Name and Title:  LaSonya W. Hudson

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Posting Open Date:  10/17/2023

Posting Close Date:  11/13/2023

Open Until Filled:  No

Office of Human Resources Contact Information:  If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to
Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

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