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Director of Development

North Carolina State University, Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) and Shelton Leadership Center (SLC)
North Carolina, United States
$90,000.00 - $98,000.00
Closing date
Apr 29, 2023
The Director of Development’s responsibilities will be:
  • Serves as the chief development officer for the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) and the Shelton Leadership Center (SLC), two independent units that are colocated in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
  • The incumbent advises the directors and provides innovative leadership and strategic direction on constituency and external relations and philanthropy. This includes planning, managing, and implementing an annual operating plan and budget designed to attain the development goals of IEI and SLC.
  • The ability to understand, shape, and articulate the organizations’ value propositions is essential.
  • Preparation and implementation of a comprehensive major gift program that generates individual, foundation, corporate and organizational donors and other philanthropic support on a continuing basis is an essential part of this responsibility. These duties will be conducted in close coordination with the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and all relevant units of University Advancement.

Other Work Responsibilites:

    • Provide overall leadership and management for all IEI and SLC fundraising activities.
    • Work closely with the Assistant Vice Provost for University Interdisciplinary Initiatives Development, Program Directors, and University Advancement to identify fundraising priorities and develop multi-year strategies to solicit donors/prospects in support of these priorities.
    • Build a pipeline of donor-centered major and planned gift prospects, ensuring they are cultivated in an appropriate and deliberate manner leading to the solicitation of major gifts ($25,000+).
    • Develop a clear understanding and appreciation of the mission, vision, and values of IEI and SLC.
    • Coordinate with the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement to maximize and leverage resources, services, and access to the Vice Chancellor and Chancellor for all advancement-related activities.
    • Develop strategic relationships among faculty, staff, alumni, volunteers, friends, students, corporations, foundations, and campus colleagues that result in effective partnerships and increased philanthropic funding.
    • Develop effective leadership annual gift strategies and a portfolio that will drive increased gifts, loyal annual giving, and engage/inspire donors to give major gifts.
    • Partner with central university marketing and communication staff to ensure that publications and websites inform and motivate appropriate constituencies.
    • Coordinate with the directors of IEI and SLC and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations to identify prospective funding sources and facilitate proposals in support of IEI & SLC programs, engagement, and events.
    • Support and facilitate engagement with advisory boards, campaign cabinet members, and development committees to leverage networking opportunities for fundraising; help identify and recruit future board and committee members.
    • Oversee and coordinate donor-centered events in support of IEI and SLC.
    • Ensure timely, accurate documentation of contacts and cultivation strategies, proposals, pledges, fund agreements, etc.
    • Perform other duties as required or assigned.
Office of The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost: The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is the chief academic officer under the Chancellor and is responsible for the leadership, review, and approval of all academic programs and policies and the appointment, promotion, and compensation of the faculty. In addition to the University’s ten colleges, the graduate school, and the libraries, the Provost’s Office divisions include institutional strategy and analysis, enrollment management and services, faculty excellence, global engagement, instructional programs, Institute for Emerging Issues, outreach and engagement, university interdisciplinary programs, institutional equity and diversity and academic and student affairs (DASA).   The Provost’s Office has always been the heart of NC State’s academic community and continues to grow through the proactive leadership of Provost Warwick Arden. His data-driven approach does more than show what works for the university. It develops scholar leaders driving North Carolina’s economic, societal and intellectual prosperity.   The Provost’s Office also strengthens NC State by executing leadership searches and developing interdisciplinary academic programs. The provost supports the university’s academic reputation through collaboration with Chancellor Randy Woodson, the Board of Trustees, and the University of North Carolina General Administration and Board of Governors.   • About The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI)
The Institute for Emerging Issues is a nonpartisan public policy organization founded in 2002 to identify and drive change on key issues affecting North Carolina’s future economic prosperity. Through regional initiatives and the annual Emerging Issues Forum (started in 1986), IEI brings together nationally prominent thinkers and leaders with diverse groups of statewide and regional stakeholders to find consensus-based solutions on public policy solutions in the fields of economic development, education, health care, and the environment. As it looks to build a stronger future for North Carolina, IEI is deeply committed to increasing the number of people participating in local and statewide public policy discussions.

• About The Shelton Leadership Center (SLC)

The General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center was founded in 2002 following the retirement of General Shelton as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Its primary mission is to fulfill General Shelton’s vision of developing the next generation of values-based leaders, built upon the cornerstones of honesty, integrity, diversity, compassion, and social responsibility. Current programming focus includes entrepreneurial leadership throughout rural NC counties; leadership for first-generation college students at NC State; summer leadership camps for pre-collegiate students led by intergenerational teams; and customized corporate leadership development. Leadership enrichment experiences are provided for students awarded the National Shelton Scholarship, the Shelton Caldwell Scholarship, and others.   Minimum Education Experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three (3) years of experience in major gift fundraising or a related field with a proven record of success. While experience in higher education is preferred, candidates with exceptional transferable skills will be considered.

Other Required Qualificaitons

  • Sound knowledge of principles, practices, and ethics of charitable giving.
  • Excellent listening, verbal, and written communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills. Ability to effectively articulate the case for support.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills with high attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated and driven, with an entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise a high degree of sound judgment, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
  • Unrelenting commitment to a collegial team approach.
  • Willingness/availability to travel and participate in occasional weekend and evening activities.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • An advanced degree and/or fundraising credential such as a CFRE.
  • Fundraising experience in higher education or in purpose-driven organizations in relevant fields such as leadership and/or public policy.
  • Interest in public policy and leadership development.

Required Licenses or Certifications 

A valid North Carolina Driver’s License is required within 60 days of start date. Must be maintained as a condition of employment.


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University 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.


Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • HERC
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience? (May be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis)
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience producing communication pieces for philanthropic and fundraising purposes, especially major capital campaigns?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Please describe your professional experience and how it relates to this role?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience in developing and leading a fundraising campaign. Include details on amounts raised,strategies used, and whether capital or annual giving.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Do you have a valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a North Carolina driver's license within 60 days of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
Application Materials Required Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References

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