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Development Officer
Category: Manager

The North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, North Carolina

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Development Officer

The North Carolina Arboretum

Position Number 019174
Job Category EPA (Exempt Non Faculty)
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time
Posting Information The Development Officer is a non-faculty, EPA professional responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the development component of The North Carolina Arboretum. This position reports to the Executive Director.

In collaboration with the Arboretum’s Board of Directors, The North Carolina Arboretum Society Board of Directors, and the administrative Strategy Council, the Development Officer is responsible for the planning, implementation and successful completion of a comprehensive giving program that includes the areas of major giving, membership, annual giving, memorials and tributes, and community sponsorships.  Also included in the scope of giving are unrestricted annual gifts, restricted annual gifts, expansion of the Leadership Giving Circle, personal visits, special events, and grants.

The Development Officer will be an accomplished professional who understands the nature and purpose of public higher education and cultural organizations, and who has: demonstrated successful experience in development planning and strategy; fund-raising in the context of professional best practices; strong interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills reflected in an ability to work effectively with senior management personnel, professional colleagues, and prospects in a team-oriented environment; a high energy level and commitment to professional growth and responsibilities; unquestioned integrity and fiscal accountability; ability to plan and achieve long and short-term fund-raising goals; and exceptional written and oral communication skills. A working knowledge of current best practices in higher education and cultural philanthropy is strongly preferred.

Responsibilities, Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:

  • Create the infrastructure, relationships, practices involved in expanding the institutional capacity for major gifts.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive strategies for major gift prospects.
  • Plan, create and implement a comprehensive development/institutional advancement program to include the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of all gifts including memberships.
  • Create and implement strategies to increase annual giving revenue, the number of donors, and the participation rate.
  • Manage and oversee the activities of the Membership Services/Technical Coordinator, the Membership Services Associate and the Manager of
  • Memorials/Tributes and Community Partnerships, as well as future staff of the development department.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with an active list of prospective donors.
  • Serve as primary development liaison between the Arboretum and the University.
  • Provide leadership and manage all donor communication.
  • Personally solicit a select portfolio of annual giving donors with emphasis on gifts of $1,000 or more.
  • Produce regular reports on the status of the annual fund.
  • Manage the data entry and gift acknowledgement process.
  • Analyze and interpret data regarding giving to improve solicitation effectiveness.
  • Meet goals and deadlines within budget.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum training and Experience Requirements:   A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required. Minimum of two years experience in fundraising in a higher education, public garden or cultural institution setting strongly preferred. Strong computer and analytical skills are required. Ability to work evenings and/or weekends, as necessary, is required. Occasional overnight travel is required. 

Preference will be given to those applicants with the following training and experience Master's degree is preferred. CFRE certification is a plus, as is a passion for the mission elements of The North Carolina Arboretum. Expertise in Microsoft Office preferred. Expertise in Raiser’s Edge preferred.

Salary Range: $45,000 to $55,000 depending upon credentials and experience.

Competency Level (SPA Banded positions only):  Department Development/Institutional Advancement

Work Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, ability to work evenings and weekends as required.  Occasional overnight travel is required.

Job Open Date: January 22, 2014
Job Close Date: February 14, 2014

Application Procedure
The following documents must be received before your application is processed:

  • Completed North Carolina State Application form PD107 (and 107a if continuation pages are needed) is required for all positions.  Please use continuation pages to list your entire job history.  Both forms can be obtained in multiple formats from
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application contains all required documents.

Application materials may be submitted in person, by e-mail to, by fax to (828) 665-8714, or by mail to:
The North Carolina Arboretum
Attn: Human Resources
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28806-9315
If you have questions about a position posting, please call the Human Resources Office at 828.665.2492, Ext. 200.

Special Instructions to Applicants: 
If no applicants apply who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience Requirements, then management may consider other applicants.

The North Carolina Arboretum is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

An official set of transcripts must be sent to Human Resources within 30 days of hire.  Degrees must have been awarded by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.  If the degree was obtained outside of the U.S., it must have been awarded by an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.

Final applicants for employment will be subject to criminal background checks.  Some vacancies may also require credit or motor vehicle checks.
Additional Comments Candidates called back for a second interview will be required to give a presentation on an assigned topic as well as compose a letter on an assigned topic.

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