Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University

Director of Development for University Projects - #230956

United States

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Posting Number EHRA673P

Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // jobs.wcu.edu/postings/22795 Classification Title Director Working Title Director of Development for University Projects - #230956 Department Office, VC, Advancement Anticipated Hiring Range $75,000-$80,000 About WCU

Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America's Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America's Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system's westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU's main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation's most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities. Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available. Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service. WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences – many of which are offered free of charge.

Position Summary

The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

The Director of Development for University Projects (DODUP) position will focus on cultivating and securing resources to support key goal areas of the current comprehensive campaign, specifically capital projects (academics and athletics) and the student experience(ex. mental health and counseling). Furthermore, this position will pivot in the future to new university wide philanthropic priorities as needed.

The DODUP will be a direct report to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development and work across the university on projects of direct impact to the campaign. These projects currently fall primarily, but are not limited to the College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Business, the Division of Athletics, and the Division of Student Affairs.

The DODUP will spend the majority of their time managing a portfolio of donors and prospective donors. The portfolio will be weighted to the qualification stages of the donor cycle (70-80%) and the DODUP will work to cultivate and solicit major gifts with a focus on capital needs identified in the campaign feasibility study and case for support. The DODUP will utilize best practices for development including documentation of all actions per the division's prospect management policies.

Minimum Qualifications

-Bachelors Degree -3-5 years experience in non-profit, higher education, or relevant development/sales/customer facing role.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree
  • 5 years non-profit or higher education fundraising experience
  • Experience working in capital campaigns with a focus on “bricks and mortar” capital projects
  • Experience working with Raiser's Edge CRM
  • Experience in fundraising communications and marketing.
  • Development experience in Engineering, Business, or Athletics
  • Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week 40 Number of Months Per Year 12

    Posting Text

    Open Date 05/04/2023

    Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

    To be considered, you must apply online. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

    Attach a cover letter, current resume and a list of references (including complete contact information with name, title, address, email, and phone) to complete the application.

    For questions and additional information, please contact Ben Pendry at [email protected]


    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

    Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www. dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

    Credential Verification

    All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


    Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected].

    University Safety

    The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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  • List of references
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    Director of Development for University Projects - #230956


    Western Carolina University


    United States


    May 25, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Social Science

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