Associate Director of Annual Giving

Posted on 04/04/2024

UNC Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

UNCW is wrapping up the public phase of a $125 million comprehensive campaign, and the Office of Annual Giving is growing its team to better serve the needs of University Advancement. The Associate Director of Annual Giving will serve as a trusted partner to the Director of Annual Giving and will be responsible for managing many of the day-to-day operations of a centralized annual giving program. UNCW’s Office of Annual Giving is an industry leader known for its innovative strategies, collaborative spirit, and donor-centric approach. This role will help design and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan that will increase private support from alumni, parents, friends, and the campus community, including employees and students.
This position will be directly responsible for developing and executing multi-channel solicitation strategies, as well as helping to track results of annual giving campaigns and solicitations. The Associate Director will also supervise two full-time Assistant Directors.

This is an exciting opportunity for an emerging leader to play an active role in designing strategies that support UNCW’s philanthropic priorities and align with campaign goals to include increasing participation among the university’s 100,000 alumni.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • 4 years of development experience with a focus on annual giving or direct marketing experience with demonstrable results
  • Ability to set, track, and analyze progress toward annual goals
  • Ability to interpret complex data to guide strategic decisions
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
  • A commitment to understanding industry trends and best practices and implementing program changes, when necessary
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong judgment and code of personal ethics
  • Ability to operate effectively, flexibly and collegially in a complex organizational environment
  • Ability to lead and empower staff to meet both individual and team goals

Preferred Experience: 

  • Higher education experience
  • Familiarity with UNCW
  • Raisers Edge database experience
  • Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign)

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