Assistant Dean of Development, School of Divinity and Wait Chapel, University Adv

Wake Forest University
North Carolina, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 2, 2022

View more

Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising
Community Foundations, Education
Employment Type
Full Time

Summary: Responsible for fundraising for the School of Divinity and Wait Chapel initiatives, including annual, capital, and endowment support. The Assistant Dean is charged with leadership for the cultivation and solicitation of prospects, making personal visits to alumni, parents, and friends to identify, steward, and solicit major gifts and supporters of the school. Assistant Dean works with the Dean on all functions of the School of Divinity Board of Visitors and is an integral member of the School of Divinity senior staff.

This Job Is For You If You Are Able To….

  • Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising goals, objectives and plans for the School of Divinity and Wait Chapel.
  • Create and carry out effective plans for promoting capital needs (including future renovation of Wait Chapel), endowments, and other long-range funding activities.
  • Coordinate the School of Divinity Board of Visitors.
  • Write and submit proposals which reflect fundraising priorities of the School of Divinity and Wait Chapel.
  • Interface with congregations, denominations, and ecclesiastical fellowships that support and extend the work of the Divinity School.
  • Prepare reports for donors on the use of gifts.
  • Contact donors and prospects via direct mail, email, telethons, and personal visits.
  • Establish and implement short-term and long-term departmental goals and objectives; evaluate program effectiveness and effect changes required for improvement.
  • Represent the University in various institutional divisions as well as the general public and local community.
  • Assist with University Advancement departmental events as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Have high standards for your work and are proud to contribute to a mission-driven organization.
  • Contribute to a transparent and equitable organizational culture where ethical and equity policies and practices are understood and lived out by all staff.
  • Get excited about the prospect of joining a team that is making a difference in people’s lives every day.

What Skills Do You Need?

  • Bachelor’s degree with eight to ten years of fundraising experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A demonstrated and successful track record as a major and principal gift fundraiser.
  • A skilled manager and leader of people and programs. Experience at the leadership level in promoting an environment of change and growth; possession of the cultural sensitivity and political acumen necessary to lead a proud, tradition-laded institution to new levels of aspiration and accomplishment.
  • Confidence personal will, political savviness, decisiveness, and courage of conviction.
  • Superior strategic thinking skills with exceptional communication and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct multiple programs and activities.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze data and to develop and deliver presentations and stewardship reports.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and other productivity software applications.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills both speaking and in writing.
  • Ability to supervise and train staff.
  • Ability to organize workflow and coordinate activities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ecclesiastical practices and customs.
  • Ability to travel as required.
  • Must be able to meet the requirements of the University’s insurance policy.
  • Respect for the dignity and abilities of all people.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of University Advancement and a commitment to equity, particularly racial equity, with a willingness to proactively learn about it and integrate it into all aspects of the work.

Desired Skills and Abilities: As the incoming Assistant Dean of Development, School of Divinity and Wait Chapel, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • Possesses an understanding of the donor cycle.
  • Some experience in sales and marketing, or public relations preferred.
  • Familiarity with theological education.


  • Responsible for own work; meets goals for monthly visits, solicitations and commitments.
  • Responsible for monitoring travel and entertainment budget
  • Responsible for supervision of administrative and professional staff.

*Applications for this position will be accepted through June 3, 2022 @ 11:59 p.m. EST*

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert