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Assistant Director of Development, Department of University Advancement
Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Date Posted 08/18/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description Summary

In University Advancement, we believe in equity, not just equality. We understand that in order to develop a fully engaged constituency; individuals must receive equitable treatment instead of equal treatment. Establishing equality means treating everyone the same. Equity necessitates transforming our community to meet the needs, interests and cultural norms of our University Advancement staff.

The Assistant Director of Development, Divinity, in collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Development, identifies, cultivates, and solicits gifts to the School of Divinity Wake Forest Fund (with special emphasis on Giving Society gifts) and other projects as assigned. Manages a portfolio of at least 120 prospects, working to strengthen relationships that result in increased philanthropic support for the School of Divinity from Divinity alumni, churches, and other prospects. Other key areas of responsibility include: alumni engagement and identifying and securing new members for the School’s volunteer boards.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Assists the Assistant Dean of Development in the development and implementation of comprehensive fundraising goals, objectives, and plans for the School of Divinity. Helps strengthen board participation and identifies major gift prospects.

  • Identifies, solicits, and stewards donors to the Wake Forest Fund – School of Divinity (with particular emphasis on five year commitments of $1,000+) as well as major, restricted gifts of $50,000 - $100,000.

  • Maintains strong focus on in-person meetings with alumni and friends of the School of Divinity to enhance current relationships and build new relationships for the School that result in increased fundraising.

  • Builds the Wake Forest Fund – School of Divinity through personal solicitations, direct mail, digital, and telethon efforts.

  • Leads project based development efforts for School of Divinity among alumni, churches, and denominational organizations.

  • Develops and coordinates projects, events, and communications that will deepen the relationship between Wake Forest University (WFU) and its Divinity alumni.

  • Recruits and manages the Divinity Executive Alumni Council (alumni volunteer leadership).

  • Assists in coordinating the School of Divinity Board of Visitors.

  • Coordinates alumni meetings and other special events and works collaboratively with Wake Forest University, School of Divinity (WFUSD) offices and leaders on events and continuing education opportunities for alumni, donors, and prospective donors.

  • Contributes to a transparent and equitable organizational culture where ethical and equity policies and practices are understood and lived out by all staff.

  • Have a passion for workplace diversity and inclusion.

  • Believe in high standards for your work and are proud to contribute to a mission-driven organization.

  • Have excitement about the prospect of joining a team that is making a difference in people’s lives every day.

  • Attends receptions and events to identify and cultivate donors to the School.

  • Assists with other University Advancement events and staffing, when needed.

  • Proficiency in computer use and related software, including Word, Excel, email/internet applications and social media.

  • Ability to learn and become proficient with industry-specific software.

  • Ability to recruit, motivate, and manage volunteers.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus three to five years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, and techniques.

  • Respect for the dignity and abilities of all people.

  • Commitment to the mission and values of University Advancement and a commitment to equity, particularly racial equity, with a willingness to proactively learn about it and integrate it into all aspects of the work.

  • Proven history of gaining philanthropic support and financial commitments from individuals and foundations.

  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct multiple programs and activities.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.

  • An outgoing, personable demeanor with the ability to persuade and influence others.

  • Ability to think creatively about initiatives and programs that will increase fundraising for the School of Divinity.

  • Ability to represent Wake Forest and interface with prospects and donors at the highest level.

  • Ability to represent the School of Divinity in congregational and other faith-based settings.

  • Familiarity with Christian denominations and other faith traditions.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as required.

  • Ability to travel.

  • Ability to meet requirements of the University’s automobile insurance.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience in PowerPoint and familiarity with WebEx, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


Responsible for own work only. Responsible for travel budget.

Additional Job Description

This position will close on April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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