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Senior Director of Development

Elon University
North Carolina, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Apr 14, 2023

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Elon University in the search for a Senior Director of Development.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for University Advancement, the Senior Director of Development will identify and develop relationships with Elon’s stakeholders with the goal of soliciting annual, major, and planned gifts while implementing strategies that ensure proper qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

Elon University, founded in 1889, is a selective private university located in central North Carolina. Renowned as a national model for engaged and experiential learning, Elon students work closely with faculty dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarship. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. Elon's 480 full-time faculty teach in more than 70 undergraduate majors, along with master’s programs in business administration, management, accounting, education, higher education, interactive media, and physician assistant studies, as well as doctoral programs in physical therapy and law. Its more than 6,000 undergraduate students, and nearly 800 graduate students, come from 49 states and 50 countries to study in one of the six schools and colleges of Elon University.

Global engagement is key to Elon’s student experience. Consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation, nearly 50% of Elon students participate in at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research, or service. The university also offers opportunities for students to study away within the United States, with programs in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D. C., Hawaii, and Alaska. In addition, community service is central to an Elon University education with the institution earning top rankings by the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service. More than 80% of students participate in service-learning opportunities during their time at Elon. Large percentages of Elon students also complete internships, hold a campus leadership position, and work on undergraduate research projects—demonstrating the importance of experiential learning in an Elon University education. More than 200 student organizations thrive on campus, providing a variety of opportunities for students to get involved and the 17 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams offer additional avenues for Elon students to succeed. The university competes as a member of the Colonial Athletics Association in NCAA Division I. There are also 18 intramural and 21 club sports offered.

Elon University is ranked among the top 100 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, earning the top national ranking for undergraduate teaching for two consecutive years and sixth for innovation. Elon is also a leader in the “Programs to Look For” feature as the only college or university ranked in the top 20 in all eight categories of academic programs linked to student success and positive learning outcomes. Elon is named in the top five “best-run” colleges by Princeton Review and is recognized for excellence in academic and student life programs with the #6 best college theater, eighth most beautiful campus, #9 best career services, and thirteenth best college dorms. Poets & Quants ranks Elon University among the nation’s top undergraduate business, marketing, and MBA programs. In addition, Elon is named one of the nation’s top 30 “best value” private universities by Kipllinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

Elon University values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and perspectives of its community members. It embraces diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, diversity of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, and intellectual viewpoint.

Elon University will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least five years of development or relevant experience, preferably within higher education, is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Elon University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus. Preference will be given to applications received by April 20, 2023.

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