Director of Development

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Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, the incumbent will oversee the comprehensive management and implementation of all development strategies with the focus of achieving all annual giving goals set for each fiscal year.

Job Responsibilities

  • Meet and/or exceed annually assigned fundraising goals for the annual unrestricted fund, general scholarship fund, Barton Society, and Bell society as well as metrics for donor retention, alumni giving, and other annual giving metrics as assigned.
  • Manage a portfolio of individual annual leadership givers (capacity: $1,000-$25,000)
  • Implement the annual giving calendar: print appeals, digital solicitations, giving programs.
  • Provide oversight of the Bell Society in coordination with the Director of Donor Relations.
  • Function as the liaison to the Athletic Department for athletic giving programs.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Donor Relations to create the optimal donor experience.
  • Provide accurate and timely activity reports and revenue forecasts.
  • Respond in a timely manner to all annual giving inquiries and issues.
  • Other duties as assigned including assisting as needed in all fundraising programs and activities of the College.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment. Travel around the region and to other areas of the country as well as evening and weekend work hours may be required.

Physical Demands

The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear; frequently required to use repetitive hand motion, to handle or feel, and to stand, walk, reach, bend, or lift up to 20 pounds. Contact with the public and people in general office environments may risk exposure to a variety of behaviors, and other risks accordingly. The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Desired Education, Skills, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field and a minimum of 3 years of experience in fundraising within a higher education institution is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to build effective internal and external relationships.
  • Experience overseeing the development and maintenance of an annual giving program.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of donors.
  • A strong work ethic, personal integrity, and ability to be discreet in handling confidential and proprietary information appropriately.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills and a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment.
  • Evidence of ability to produce results as well as a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth are also required.
  • Self-motivated and an eagerness to be part of an emerging team.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Optimistic attitude.

Preferred Skills or Knowledge

  • Familiarity with Barton College and a small liberal arts environment
  • Experience in:
    • Stewardship and cultivation of donors, alumni, and other constituents
    • Adobe Suite, Blackbaud, and Raiser’s Edge NXT

Application Process

Please submit a current resume and contact information for at least three professional references (all should be MS Word or PDF format) to Human Resources at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Barton College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Any claims of discrimination for Title IX or otherwise should be directed to our Title IX Coordinator, Victoria A. Morris, at P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893, or at 252-399-6330 or

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