Assistant Director of Library Development


POSITION:         Assistant Director of Library Development (At Will Appointment)

AVAILABLE:        April 1, 2017

 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a motivated, energetic, innovative, collaborative, and knowledgeable individual for the position of Assistant Director of Library Development. The individual in this position will work closely with the Director of Library Development to identify and engage annual fund level donors as well as maintaining a portfolio of major gift level prospects, as well as other projects. This position will work with the entire University Libraries, including the Davis Library, Wilson Special Collections Library, House Undergraduate Library, Health Sciences Library, Sloane Art Library, Kenan Science Library, School of Information and Library Science Library, the Stone Center Library, and the Music Library.

Under the direction of the Director of Library Development and in collaboration with the Associate Director, the Assistant Director will help to identify and manage a group of about 100 prospects for major gifts. This will include local and national travel for qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The Assistant Director will arrange appropriate opportunities for key library administrators to meet with potential donors and will arrange for other’s participation as appropriate. This will include meetings with individuals in their local communities and regional events to bring attention to Library needs, collections and programs. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Director of Library Development to plan and execute the University Library’s campaign, which will run through 2022 with a tentative goal set between $40 million and $50 million. The Assistant Director may be responsible for the implementation and management of special campaigns such as reunion class gifts, endowments for specific areas, or other special projects within the Library. The work will include writing proposals and/or preparing materials for use in specific solicitations.

In conjunction with the Director and Associate Director of Library Development, the Assistant Director will participate in other related development activities designed to enhance a successful fund-raising program and will carry out other such responsibilities as may be assigned by the Director. The work environment of the University Libraries encourages collaboration with professionals throughout the organization and the Associate Director will have the opportunity to work closely with librarians who are experts in a variety of subject areas including geographic area studies, humanities, the arts, and the sciences. There is a strong atmosphere of support for all development activities, including willing and creative participation in special events, donor education, proposal development, grant-writing and stewardship.


Bachelor’s degree. Demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of the annual gift identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process. Demonstrated success in professional fund-raising and development; knowledge and understanding of the nature and purpose of public higher education; demonstrated experience in making, and eagerness to make, discovery calls to engage new prospects; demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple time-sensitive tasks; exceptional written and oral communication skills (writing samples or test may be requested as part of the interview process); demonstrated experience working with and managing volunteers and boards. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and enthusiastically in a research university setting. Must be willing and able to travel locally or nationally seven to nine days per month, and occasionally to work evenings and weekends.

Knowledge of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina. Experience collaborating with, motivating, and/or mentoring colleagues to meet or exceed fundraising goals. Experience working in a metrics-driven fundraising setting.  Experience utilizing events to engage prospects and donors. Experience working collaboratively as part of a small team or department. Interest in continuing education to stay knowledgeable about trends in library fundraising and higher education fundraising.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is part of the University Libraries and is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.  University Library collections include over 7.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on March 10, 2017.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.