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Background Check Statement:
Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.
Eligibility for Employment:
Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Five or more years successful experience in sales, major gifts fundraising, or financial services
Ability to understand the needs and interests of potential donors and donors in order to develop relationships between them and colleges or areas
Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting Appalachian's fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with faculty, senior leaders, trustees, alumni, volunteers, and the advancement office team
Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas
Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies
Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments
Frequent travel is necessary for this position, requiring flexibility in work hours to include evenings and weekends as needed to accomplish objectives and satisfy goals
This position will be located in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for building and managing a major gifts program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of major gifts prospects in the Charlotte area. A focus on pipeline development to meet increasingly aggressive annual fundraising goals is necessary.
Lead fundraising for various diversity initiatives across campus including the prestigious Willie C. Fleming Scholarship program.
Work with the Office of Prospect Management and Research to identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts prospects that are capable of contributing $25,000+ to the University; recommend and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for individual prospects; work collaboratively with administration, volunteers, advisory board members, and other advancement staff as appropriate.
Identify and interact with potential donors.
As appropriate, refer donors and potential donors to other development staff members.
Monthly contact reports, moves and prospect management activities must be recorded.
The position requires the ability to prepare written proposals to solicit prospects for gifts in support of the University to promote visionary gift opportunities
An aggressive understanding of the priorities and case for support for areas across campus is expected
The ability to work collaboratively with fundraising colleagues in central development and constituent schools and units is necessary
Strong relationship-building skills
High energy, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail
High degree of initiative and ability to work autonomously
Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
Demonstrated ability to think strategically
High ability to navigate a large organization and build internal and external relationships
Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
Passion for and knowledge of Appalachian State University
Type of Position: Full Time Position
Work Schedule/Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00-5:00 pm except when travel, evening and weekend work is required
Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow h...olistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. It is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.