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Associate Director of Gift Planning

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
May 3, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director of Gift Planning
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




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Hiring Range
$91,800 - $119,800

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Department Description:  
University Development’s purpose is to support the mission of the university by raising private resources to enhance financial support for students, faculty, programs, and facilities. University Development provides leadership and centralized services to all development offices throughout the University, serving as a focal point for annual giving, application development and IT support; campaign management; constituent programs; corporate and foundation relations; donor relations; gift planning; gift services; industry relations; marketing/communications; parents giving; principal gifts; prospect management, research and analytics; regional programs; scholarships and student aid; talent management; university events; and volunteer engagement.

Carolina Development is proud of its donor-centered philosophy, pursuing activities that always respect the interests and intentions of the donor as well as the University. The organization’s collaborative nature is a critical component to fulfilling our mission of raising private funds to benefit the university.

Location, Location, Location 
* Want to live in Chapel Hill? If so, we have tons of perks to offer you. Discounts and access to many UNC-CH athletics, Performing Arts, Gym memberships and many more on campus and local community opportunities along with a perks program that provides employees with over 800 local deals. 
* Want to live outside of Chapel Hill but still in the area? You have a choice of smaller communities, cities, or even suburbs in areas like Raleigh and Durham. Both living experiences offer a multitude of advantages designed to fit your needs and still enjoy the perks offered by UNC-CH. 

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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:  
This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement that may include a partially remote work location, consistent with System Office policy. UNC Chapel Hill employees are generally required to reside within a reasonable commuting distance of their assigned duty station.

The Associate Director of Gift Planning will make up a team of four professional fundraisers and three professional administrators. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Associate Director will represent the tradition, mission, programs and needs of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to all constituent groups and serve as a liaison between the Office of University Development and assigned development officers of schools, units and affiliated foundations. The Associate Director will directly solicit donors; work closely with alumni and friends of the University and their financial advisors and attorneys regarding the structure of lifetime and testamentary gifts that will benefit the University. Provide active, ongoing personal stewardship of donors and perform other program duties as assigned. Travel is required.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:  
Superior interpersonal, oral and written communications skills. Candidates will also be able to work both independently and as a team player, meet ambitious goals and interact effectively with alumni, friends, faculty and staff in a research university.

Education Requirements:  
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required (or foreign degree equivalent) with related experience. For positions with responsibility for direct solicitation of gifts and funds, a minimum of 1 year of professional-level, direct solicitation/fundraising experience is required.

Qualifications and Experience:  
Leading candidates will have demonstrated success in a gift planning development position or related field, with a minimum of two years of experience in gift planning or a substantially related field such as major gift fundraising, trust administration, higher education, financial planning or legal practice. Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations governing charitable estate planning is preferred.

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Posting Open Date:  04/02/2024

Posting Close Date:  04/23/2024

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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