Director of Library Development

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Created: February 23, 2018


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an experienced, articulate, and energetic individual to lead the University Library’s advancement outreach and fundraising programs. The Director of Library Development is responsible for establishing the strategic direction and tactical implementation of activities in support of fundraising for the University Library and will direct and supervise all fundraising activities including annual, capital, and planned gift programs. In conjunction with the Vice Provost for University Libraries & University Librarian, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Library, UNC’s Executive Director of Development for Constituent Programs, and in coordination with the University’s overall fundraising program, the Director is responsible for cultivating and leading efforts to work with individuals, corporations, and foundations to raise significant private funds for the University Library.

Reporting to the Vice Provost for University Libraries & University Librarian, the Director will provide leadership and management of the Library’s development team of two major gifts officers and three support staff. As a member of the Library Leadership Team, the Director participates actively in overall strategic planning and leadership of the University Library and will work to create a culture of philanthropy throughout the library and with the Friends of the Library Board. To be successful in this position, the Director will embrace and articulate the mission of the University Library; develop an extensive working knowledge of its campus libraries, departments, and operations; and create opportunities for prospects and donors to learn about how the University Library is the academic heart of the campus and plays an integral role in supporting the research enterprise, preserving the scholarly record, and facilitating student learning.

The University is in the public phase of an ambitious, multi-year, comprehensive $4.25 billion campaign. The incumbent will be responsible for leading the University Library’s campaign with a current goal of $50 million. The University’s overall development organization is managed collaboratively under the leadership of the University Development Office (UDO). The successful candidate will work closely with the Library’s UDO liaison—the Executive Director of Development for Constituent Programs—on a dotted line reporting basis, to ensure alignment between the Libraries development program and the overall university development organization. Working together with the Vice Provost and the Executive Director, the incumbent will have overall responsibility for setting and meeting the Library’s annual and campaign goals as well as activity metrics typical for a university fundraiser.

The Director staffs the Vice Provost for University Libraries’ work with select principal gift prospects and donors and personally manages a portfolio of top prospects to cultivate and solicit major and principal gifts. He or she will provide entrepreneurial leadership to the Library, working to identify new revenue sources, especially those reflecting the current and emerging trends in digital scholarship and library space planning, while maintaining and expanding ties with existing donors.

The Director leads the development team of 5 F.T.E. as they plan, organize, and execute outreach and development activities for the Library. This position supervises and mentors the fundraising activities of the Associate Director, the Assistant Director, as well as the Library’s public events program, gift reporting, acknowledgment, stewardship, donor relations, development communications, and donor cultivation activities. The Director also manages the activities of the Friends of the Library Board; leading and motivating Board members to actively participate in peer networking to identify and cultivate new potential major donors for the Library.

Principal Functions

65% Fundraising
Plans, manages, and executes a comprehensive advancement program for the University Library. Sets and meets fundraising goals in close collaboration with the Vice Provost for University Libraries & University Librarian and the Library Leadership Team. Works closely with the Vice Provost, librarians, archivists, and library staff in identifying priorities and opportunities for fundraising on behalf of the Library.

25% Leadership and Management
Serves as a member of the Vice Provost’s Leadership Team, which guides the programmatic, operational, and strategic direction of the University Library. Leads the University Library Development team of five staff. Manages the Friends of the Library Board.

10% Liaison to University Development Office
Works closely with the University Development Office (UDO) with a dotted reporting line to the Executive Director of Development for Constituent Programs. Represents the University Libraries in the UDO and with development colleagues across campus.



• Bachelor’s degree
• Demonstrated management and leadership skills as well as the ability to think, plan, and execute strategically.
• Seven years of progressive fundraising experience, preferably in higher education or academic libraries, with demonstrated record of accomplishments with regard to major gifts.
• Enthusiasm for fundraising in a comprehensive research university setting and a demonstrated record of significant fundraising.
• Experience working in a highly matrixed, metrics-driven fundraising environment.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, high energy, flexibility, drive, and integrity.
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work efficiently on multiple assignments involving administrators, librarians, archivists, library staff, volunteers, and donors.
• Ability to effectively establish objectives, priorities, and achieve individual and team goals.
• Desire to work collegially within a goal-oriented fundraising organization.
• Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.


• Knowledge of libraries or background directly applicable to the library environment.
• Knowledge of North Carolina and/or the University of North Carolina.
• Capital campaign experience in a research university setting.
• ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science.
• Track record of working effectively with a Board.

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, social work, information science, and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library.  The University Libraries hold 8.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audio visual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, 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, healing, 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, at-will appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on March 16, 2018. 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.


Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 00:22 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 00:22 UTC