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Associate Dean for Advancement, Kenan-Flagler Business School

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
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Mar 5, 2024

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Associate Dean for Advancement, Kenan-Flagler Business School

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina


The Search


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) seeks a strategic, collaborative, and aspirational fundraising professional to serve as the Associate Dean for Advancement (ADA) for Kenan-Flagler Business School (School). Reporting to the Dean and serving on their Executive Leadership Committee, the Associate Dean for Advancement collaborates closely with the dean and other senior leaders across Kenan-Flagler Business School. Through these partnerships, the ADA will establish and pursue the strategic direction, goals, and externally sourced funding streams to build on past success and propel the institution forward through a period of growth and innovation as one of the world’s top business schools.


As an innovative and highly collaborative leader, the Associate Dean for Advancement leads the Kenan-Flagler Office of Advancement, with a team of approximately 30 talented professional staff, in a range of mission-critical activities that include fundraising and donor development, alumni engagement, stewardship, brand-building, and impact reporting. Engaging a passionate alumni network, corporations, and other friends of the school, the ADA works with key constituents, including the dean, UNC’s development office, and the school’s advisory and foundation boards to raise significant private funds to enable Kenan-Flagler Business School to continue engaging top faculty, delivering outstanding academic programming, innovating in learning and student engagement, and extending the School’s positive impact in North Carolina, the United States, and around the world.


The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with the ability to plan and achieve ambitious goals, evidenced through at least six years of successful leadership and management experience in a fundraising organization and ten or more years of professional-level, direct solicitation fundraising experience. The successful candidate must possess exceptional written and oral communication skills. The next ADA must be willing and able to lead a collaborative team of talented, highly capable staff in a goal-oriented development organization. The candidate should have a proven track record of generating substantial financial contributions, along with strong enthusiasm for development and alumni engagement in a comprehensive research setting. The ADA should evidence exceptional interpersonal skills, professional drive, integrity, and capacity to build and maintain trusting relationships over time. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work efficiently on multiple assignments involving staff, faculty, volunteers, and donors. They will possess familiarity with current practices, tools, technology, and metrics supporting a professional advancement organization. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master's degree is preferred.


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has retained Jack Gorman of the national executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to assist in this important recruitment. Applications should be submitted through the University of North Carolina’s PeopleAdmin recruitment portal:


Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to the search firm at:


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


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