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 
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, high energy, flexibility, drive, and 
• 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 
• 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.

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