The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill works to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve state and local government. As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the School of Government offers up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. In addition, faculty members annually publish approximately 50 books, manuals, reports, articles, bulletins, and other print and online content related to state and local government. The School is also home to a nationally ranked graduate program in public administration and specialized centers focused on information technology and environmental finance.
The School of Government (SOG) recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School's commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page: https://www.sog.unc.edu/resources/microsites/diversity-and-inclusion.
The Advancement Division raises private funds to support the School of Government’s work to improve the lives of North Carolinians through teaching, research, and advising. The Advancement team works closely with faculty and staff to identify individuals, corporations, private foundations, and other funders that have an interest in supporting existing and emerging programs and projects that improve North Carolina’s communities. The division raises funds to support School work through sponsorships, endowments, flexible annual funds, gifts and grants for specific programs and projects, and scholarships for MPA students and public officials.
The Donor Relations/Discovery Officer supports the efforts of the School’s $50 million fundraising campaign by conducting in-depth research on prospective donors, including traveling to meet with prospects to identify their interest in the School of Government and assess their giving capacity and inclination to make gifts to the School. This position will function as a junior front-line fundraiser whose fundamental goal of this position is to increase community awareness, advocacy, and financial support to the School of Government and MPA Program through donor solicitation and stewardship. The Donor Relations/Discovery Officer will also be responsible for access to or knowledge of academic and community protocol, donor, friend, and prospect information, and event databases. This position creates profiles on prospects and documents the School’s contacts with them. The Donor Relations/Discovery Officer engages in planning, conceptualizing, implementing, and managing full details of fundraising events, from conception through delivery. This position is housed in the Advancement Division of the School of Government and is a member of the University’s larger One Carolina development team.
A bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree in public administration or related field is preferred.
Qualification and Experience Requirements
A minimum of one year of professional-level, direct solicitation/fundraising experience.
Comfortable with the basic principles and techniques of successful fundraising as they pertain to the donor identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual prospects.
Ability to effectively plan, prioritize, and organize workload to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated strong interpersonal/customer service skills, including the ability to deal with a variety of people in an effective and diplomatic manner and the skill to motivate and engender the confidence of prospects and donors.
Eagerness and ability to travel frequently.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated interviewing and listening skills.
Demonstrated strong attention to detail.
High level of energy, creativity, and strong drive to be successful
Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
Ability to work independently with minimal direction, as well as function successfully in a team environment.
Knowledge of North Carolina or a sensitivity to the special nature of the southern United States.
Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Demonstrated working knowledge of registration software, preferably NetSuite.
Demonstrated working knowledge of customer relations management systems.
Preferably two years of demonstrated successful experience in higher education development.
An employment history highlighted by increasing levels of responsibility.
Demonstrated integrity and sincerity.
Familiarity with the University’s DAVIE (Database for Advancing our Vision of Institutional Excellence) customer relationship management (CRM) system or other CRM system. Experience or familiarity with Blackbaud CRM a plus.
The mission of the School of Government (www.sog.unc.edu) is to improve the lives of North Carolinians through engaged scholarship that helps public officials improve state and local government. The School also houses a nationally ranked graduate program in public administration.
The Development division raises private funds to support the School’s work to improve the lives of North Carolinians t...hrough teaching, research, and advising. Members of the division work closely with faculty and staff to identify individuals, corporations, private foundations, and other funders that may be interested in supporting existing and emerging programs and projects that improve North Carolina's communities.
The division raises funds to support School work through sponsorships, endowments, flexible annual funds, gifts and grants for specific programs and projects, and scholarships for MPA students and public officials. The division also oversees the School’s membership dues cultivation campaign.