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Leadership Annual Giving Officer

Appalachian State University
Job Location:
Boone, North Carolina
Development and Fundraising
Boone, NC

Faculty Rank: No

Provide Rank: n/a

Position Number: 066161

Department: University Advancement-VC - 500000

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Three or more years of successful experience in sales or fundraising
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of potential donors and donors in order to develop relationships between them and college or University
  • Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting Appalachian's fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with faculty, senior leaders, trustees, alumni, volunteers, and the advancement office team
  • One to two years experience in making cold calls as well as the ability to develop cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of successfully completing assignments
  • Must be willing to work evenings, some weekends, and travel up to 40% of the time
  • Ability to manage competing priorities consulting with supervisor as necessary and meet tight deadlines
Preferred Qualifications
  • The position requires the ability to prepare written proposals to solicit prospects for gifts in support of the University to promote visionary gift opportunities.
  • An aggressive understanding of the priorities and case for support for areas across campus is expected.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with fundraising colleagues in central development and constituent schools and units is necessary.
  • Frequent travel is a priority in this position requiring flexibility in work hours to include evenings and extensive travel as needed to accomplish objectives and satisfy goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding alumni, corporate partners, parents, and friends of the institution capable of making gifts of $1,000 or more.
  • Implement new strategies to acquire new Dean's Club members.
  • Help grow Annual Giving donors into future Major Gift Donors.
  • Develop a pipeline to meet increasing annual fundraising goals by working with the Office of Prospect Management and Research to identify, cultivate and solicit major gift and leadership annual giving prospects who are capable of contributing to the Walker College of Business.
  • Work with supervisor to recommend and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for individual prospects.
  • Under supervision, prepare written proposals to solicit prospects for gifts in support of the University; use of persuasive language to promote visionary gift opportunities.
  • Have the ability to follow procedures in coordination with the Office of Gift Processing to ensure effective collecting, recording, accounting, acknowledgment and follow-up on all gifts.
  • Work collaboratively with administration, faculty, center directors, volunteers, advisory board members, and other advancement staff as appropriate.
  • As appropriate, refer donors and potential donors to other development staff members.
  • Monthly contact reports, moves and prospect management activities must be recorded.
  • Frequent travel is a priority in this position requiring flexibility in work hours to include evenings and travel as needed to accomplish objectives and satisfy goals.
Type of Position: Full Time Position

Staff/Non-Faculty: Staff/Non-Faculty

Appointment Type: 1.0

Work Schedule/Hours
Mon-Fri, 8:00 - 5:00 pm except when travel, evening and weekend work is required

Number of Hours Per Week: 40

Number of Months Per Year: 12

Mandatory Staff: No

Suggested Salary Range: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Posting Date: 10/11/2021

Open Until Filled: Yes

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire: 01/03/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach required documents:
Cover Letter
List a minimum of 3 professional references in the application or attach a List of References with Contact Information

Search Chair Name
Kyle Allen

Search Chair Email

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187
Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144
ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

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