The Director of External Affairs and Communications in the Center for Galapagos Studies (CGS) is a full-time position (1.0 FTE) charged with building and leading a new fundraising and communications program for the Center for Galapagos Studies. The Director will play a significant role in increasing awareness and building philanthropic support for the Center as well as building and managing relationships with national and international collaborators, particularly, those associated with the International Galapagos Science Consortium. The Director will join the senior leadership team, reporting directly to the Assistant Director of the Center, working closely with senior leadership to provide strategic vision for all aspects of fundraising and communications for the Center. The Director also reports on a dotted line basis to an assigned liaison in the University Development Office, currently the Associate Director of Development for Centers & Institutes. Working closely with the Center Director and UDO Liaison, the Director will establish and meet fundraising goals, as well as activity goals typical for a University fundraiser. Duties and responsibilities of the position extend beyond development activities to include managing external affairs with national and international collaborators and communications.
The Director will be responsible for building a new, comprehensive fundraising program for the Center, including annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation grants, donor engagement and stewardship events, development communications, and acknowledgements. The Director will personally build and manage a combination leadership annual giving/major gift portfolio of 75 prospects capable of making gifts of $25,000 and up, and will work to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward new donors for the Center. The Director will continue to execute an existing engagement program for major gift prospects, including prospective donor trips to the Galapagos, and expand into local events here in the Triangle. The Director will coordinate with development directors at UNC schools and units who formally participate in the Galapagos Council, collaborating on gifts related to pan-university Galapagos initiatives.
The Director will be responsible for establishing a strategic vision and communications plan for the Center’s outward facing communications, managing and generating all communications, including public relations materials, media relations, web and other digital communications, key messaging, storytelling and development materials in support of the UNC Galapagos initiative. Working in close partnership with communications staff at the Galapagos Science Center, on San Cristobal Island, the Director will also be responsible for establishing connections and managing relationships with global members of the International Galapagos Science Consortium as related to development and communications, as well as with the Center’s strategic partner in the Galapagos, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
Education and Experience:
Qualifications and Experience:
-At least 3-5 years in development or related experience, as well as demonstrated experience developing and managing communications programs. An ability to work independently and meet high goals and to interact effectively with faculty and administrators in a research university; ability to work effectively with volunteers and donors; integrity, sincerity, enthusiasm, and exceptional written and oral skills. International and national travel and some weekend work are required.
-Demonstrated experience building annual and major giving programs. Demonstrated personal fundraising success at the major gift level of $100K or greater. -Experience developing and executing communications strategies, materials and plans. -Working knowledge of computers and the demonstrated ability to use databases, spreadsheets, and basic software systems (i.e., Microsoft Office) and desktop design programs. -Previous experience coordinating development events. -Strong written and oral communication skills, superb judgment, ability to take initiative and work independently, excellent organizational skills, and exceptional attention to detail and accuracy. -Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with a wide range of audiences to resolve problems and answer questions. -Willingness to travel to the Galapagos Science Center approximately annually, as well as locally on a regular basis.
PREFERREDQUALIFICATIONS: -Previous experience working in an academic setting, or a similarly matrixed setting. -Appreciation for and desire to learn about the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, including the social-ecological threats to their sustainability and the interactions among the social, terrestrial, and marine sub-systems in the Galapagos Islands and other similarly challenged settings around the globe. -Familiarity with island ecosystems and the social-ecological forces that affect island dynamics. -Previous experience with Blackbaud-based development software systems. -Previous experience working in Latin America, in particular Ecuador and/or the Galapagos Islands.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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