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Development Officer for Parent Giving

UNCW is recruiting for a frontline fundraiser who is eager to make a lasting impact on the lives of students by leveraging the power of parent involvement and philanthropy.

The Development Officer for Parent Giving will play a key role in enhancing UNCW’s culture of philanthropy by building and developing relationships with current parents, encouraging involvement, securing private support to enhance the student experience, and communicating impact. This role will personally solicit parents for leadership annual gifts ($25,000 to $1,000). In addition, the Development Officer for Parent Giving will design effective engagement opportunities, provide counsel to the annual giving team on solicitation strategies and messaging, and assist with the discovery and cultivation of major gift-rated parent prospects. This role will help strengthen the donor pipeline at UNCW and will report to the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.

This is a great opportunity to join a university on the rise with the impending conclusion of a $125 million comprehensive campaign and the introduction of a new 10-year strategic plan. UNCW’s Division for University Advancement offers a fast-paced yet lighthearted working environment where work-life balance and teleworking flexibility are afforded, all while honoring our values of accountability, collaboration, and efficiency.

  • Manages a comprehensive parent giving program to engage and inspire philanthropic support from parents. Coordinates strategies within Advancement to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward parents.
  • Creates and manages a portfolio of leadership annual giving rated parent prospects
  • Develops a strong understanding of UNCW’s parent community to be able to provide counsel to colleagues on priorities, perceptions, and preferences.
  • Cultivates relationships with parents through personalized outreach, meetings, events, and volunteer opportunities
  • Collaborates with Advancement staff as well as with campus partners on effective engagement opportunities
  • Participates in the coordination of research efforts to identify highly rated parent prospects
  • Responsible for management of the Parents Council (a parent-giving society) with the goal of refining and building upon its current structure to maximize its impact and increase membership
  • Implements strategies to increase unrestricted support of the Parent Opportunity Fund
  • In conjunction with university leadership, identify mini-fundraising campaign projects that would resonate with parent donors
  • Plans, implements, monitors, and evaluates both engagement and solicitation strategies to determine the successful return on investment in support of the division’s strategic goals and fundraising targets

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