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Director of Legacy Gift Planning

The Opportunity | University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of North Carolina Wilmington has just wrapped up a year of celebrating their 70th anniversary and have much to be proud of. UNCW has been a part of the UNC system since 1969 and is currently the fastest growing university in the system with over 16,000 undergrads. The growth mode at UNCW is also reflected in programs and facilities with $125 million worth of new construction underway, including this year's groundbreaking for the 145k square foot new Allied Health building. 2017 saw the establishment of a new PhD program in Psychology and a new MS program in Data Science, while earlier this year the UNC Board of Governors announced the approval of a new undergraduate program in coastal engineering for this summer.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UNCW sixth among public universities and 14th in the South on its list of Best Regional Universities list and it was named a Best Southeastern School on The Princeton Review's list of 2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region. For the third consecutive year, UNCW is featured in the 2019 Fiske Guide to Colleges; the Fiske Guide features more than 300 of the "best and most interesting" schools in the US, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland.

The institution located in Wilmington, North Carolina which is known as a gateway to Cape Fear Coast beaches. City residents enjoy living between Cape Fear River and the beautiful NC coast line. Downtown Wilmington boasts a lovely Historic District, a Riverwalk lined with restaurants, galleries and shops and is the home to Battleship North Carolina.

The division for University Advancement responds to the needs of a variety of external and internal constituents in achieving its primary goals to: 1) Increase private financial support for prioritized university programs and activities, and 2) Improve external relations for the university through effective board management and donor stewardship. The division strives to raise funds, as outlined by the chancellor's vision statement, from the private sector to further the university mission of pursuing the resources that will enable our faculty and students to excel and become intensely regionally engaged. In doing so, the division plans strategically to facilitate the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all constituencies, and seeks to positively promote the university. The division's fundraising efforts are enhanced by effective partnerships with all components of the campus community as well as external audiences including alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, legislators, volunteer board members and friends. Development programs include major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, UNCW constituent liaison and special projects. Prospect Management and Research, Advancement Services, and External and Donor Relations are support services for the fundraising activities of the division.

The Position | Director of Gift Planning 

The Director of Gift Planning will lead and direct UNCW's planned giving program through the marketing of planned giving opportunities to external prospect constituents, serving as a resource to the other directors of development related to gift planning, and managing a portfolio of major gift prospects. In relation to these duties this position will include coordination of promotional activities (mailings, web presence, events, etc.) to market planned giving opportunities, to serve as a resource to the major gifts team through strategy development related to gift planning concepts, and coordination of planned gift processes and documentation. The Director of Gift Planning also proactively manages a portfolio of assigned prospects and will be expected to discover, cultivate, solicit and steward relationships with major gift prospects. This position will be a team member of the Office of University Advancement. Planned Giving works in partnership with units across campus to secure gifts from donors through various forms of gift planning.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred, with a minimum of five years of demonstrated successful experience in the design, implementation, and execution of successful fundraising programs or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of public and private development efforts including mastery of the basic principles and techniques of successful fundraising as they pertain to identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, group, corporate and foundation prospects, preferably in the non-profit or higher educational sector.
  • Experience in a higher education environment preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

The division for University Advancement responds to the needs of a variety of external and internal constituents in achieving its primary goals to: 

  1. Increase private financial support for prioritized university programs and activities, and 
  2. Improve external relations for the university through effective board management and donor stewardship. 

The division strives to raise funds, as outlined by the chancellor's vision statement, from the private sector to further the university mission of pursuing the resources that will enable our faculty and students to excel and become intensely regionally engaged. In doing so, the division plans strategically to facilitate the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all constituencies, and seeks to positively promote the university. The division's fundraising efforts are enhanced by effective partnerships with all components of the campus community as well as external audiences including alumni, parents, corporations, foundations, legislators, volunteer board members and friends. Development programs include major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, UNCW constituent liaison and special projects. Prospect Management and Research, Advancement Services, and External and Donor Relations are support services for the fundraising activities of the division.

College/School Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state's coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 16,500 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master's levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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UNCW has retained Capital Development Services to assist with recruitment for this position. Candidates must provide a cover letter, resume, and list of three references. All materials will be kept confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208 or .