College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advancement
NC State University
The Opportunity Reporting to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, the Executive Director and Assistant Dean serves as the chief fundraising officer for the College. The position is a core member of the Dean's administrative team and advises the Dean and Directors on alumni and external relations, philanthropy and advocacy. This includes planning, managing, and implementing an annual operating plan and budget designed to attain the development goals and the academic, research and extension missions of the College. Preparation and implementation of a comprehensive major gift program that generates individual and corporate donors and other philanthropic support on a continuing basis is an essential part of this responsibility. These efforts will be initially carried out in close coordination with the University's Think & Do the Extraordinary Campaign.
The Executive Director and Assistant Dean will propose and lead strategic initiatives to identify, qualify, prioritize, cultivate, solicit, recognize, and steward donors and prospects as well as collaborate with and support volunteers and other leaders in their related fundraising efforts. A major responsibility is to provide innovative leadership, oversight, and strategic direction to the CALS Advancement team, a group of 26 professional staff, in recommending, organizing, directing and implementing activities and programs.
The successful candidate will be a seasoned development professional with significant leadership experience in a complex university or not-for-profit environment.
Provide overall leadership and management oversight for all CALS fundraising activities;
Set fundraising strategies in support of the NC State Think & Do the Extraordinary Campaign priorities, the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative and other established CALS priorities;
Collaborate with the Dean, Directors and Unit Heads to identify the College's fundraising priorities and develop multi-year strategies to solicit donors/prospects in support of these priorities that will broadly benefit the College's diverse array of programming;
Maintain a strong, collaborative and productive partnership with University Advancement and its partner units;
Recruit, hire, lead and retain a diverse and productive team of Advancement professionals;
Lead and organize CALS development officers to create, oversee and assist in the development and execution of fundraising plans for assigned areas;
Actively manage a portfolio of principal (>$1M) and major (>$50K) gifts prospects;
Plan systematic, appropriate and effective solicitation strategies for these prospects including collaborating with key partners in CALS and University Advancement;
Partner with CALS and University Communications and Marketing to structure and implement an externally oriented marketing effort, ensuring that publications and websites inform and promote relationships among alumni, corporations and other key stakeholders;
Provide effective fiscal stewardship of the CALS Advancement budget, in close collaboration with the College Business Office;
In collaboration with the Treasurer and Foundation Presidents, coordinate all activities of CALS Foundations including management, funding priorities, and fundraising efforts;
Serve on CALS Foundation boards as appropriate;
Responsible for the recruitment and selection of Board and Committee members to serve on the CALS Foundation Boards with a goal of enhancing diversity;
Develop professional relationships with corporations, commodity groups, philanthropic foundations and individuals to maximize fundraising success for the College;
Represent CALS Advancement as the senior Advancement administrative officer as an integral part of the Dean's senior management team and as a part of the University Advancement Team;
Develop relationships and articulate the College's message and vision to a wide variety of constituents to enhance recognition and philanthropic support of the College;
Work with the Dean and Directors and the CALS Advancement senior staff to solicit external input and support for the implementation of the College's strategic plan;
Manage all fundraising efforts using best practices and with accountability and transparency; and
Work with Departments and faculty to develop detailed assessments of their needs that will lend to coordinated, successful and impactful fundraising efforts.
About The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences discovers, develops, teaches, and applies knowledge and technology that enable students, clientele, and citizens of North Carolina and others to improve the quality of their lives and to enhance the agricultural, economic, environmental, and social well-being of the state and world and to create and extend new knowledge through scientific research and extension in agriculture and life sciences. The assets beyond the main campus include research stations, 4H camps, extension offices, field labs, research forests, and other miscellaneous mission-supporting facilities.
About CALS Advancement The mission of the Office of College Advancement is to enhance, promote, and support the academic programs, research and extension efforts of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Within CALS Advancement are the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. and the NC Tobacco Foundation, Inc. non-profit, 501(c)3 organizations formed as a means of supporting agricultural research, extension, and teaching activities in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. The CALS Advancement team works in close partnership with the central University Advancement Office and its partner colleges. In 2016, NC State launched the Think & Do the Extraordinary Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the University with a $1.6 billion goal. Priorities include dramatically increasing endowment to benefit students and faculty, enhancing facilities and strengthening support for current operations. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' goal in the campaign is $400 million with an emphasis on scholarships, professorships, research and continued investment in Cooperative Extension.
Qualifications The successful applicant will hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with preference given to those with an advanced degree. A minimum of eight years of experience in fundraising is required, preferably at an agriculture institution or university, or an institutionally-related foundation.
Applicants must have the ability to take academic priorities and translate them into development opportunities. Candidates should have familiarity with and appreciation for North Carolina's diverse and impactful agricultural, biotechnology and life sciences industries, and an understanding of the land grant and research university context. Candidates should have expert knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethics of successful fundraising, as well as experience working with foundations and 501(c)3 organizations.
The successful candidate must have a demonstrated ability to motivate, lead and manage people. Candidates should possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and have the ability to organize and complete complex tasks on deadlines. Strong relationship-building skills are also required. Computer literacy and competency with electronic donor information systems is expected.
Applicants must have willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed. A valid driver's license is required and a North Carolina Driver's License must be obtained within 60 days of hire, and maintained as a condition of employment.
Search Specifics The Nominating Committee invites applications to be submitted online at https://jobs.ncsu.edu (position number 00001686). Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references. Confidential review of materials will begin July 10, and will continue until the appointment is made. Additional information can be found at http://ess.hr.ncsu.edu/current-searches. Please direct all inquiries to Justin Lang, Director, NC State Executive Search Services, at email@example.com or (919) 513-1936.
About NC State NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today NC State is a pre-eminent research and teaching leader that excels in agriculture, science, technology, engineering, math, design, humanities and social sciences, textiles and veterinary medicine. NC State students, faculty, and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government, and nonprofit partners to solve them.
Our 34,000-plus students apply what they learn in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures they leave here ready to lead the workforce, confident in the knowledge that NC State consistently rates as one of the best values in higher education.
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About Raleigh and North Carolina North Carolina is one of the fastest-growing states in America. Agriculture is the top industry in the state, producing $84 billion in revenue each year. A leading state in diversity and a top spot for young professionals and families, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a city on the rise:
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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. The University welcomes the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.