Executive Director of Institutional Advancement

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement


Southwestern Community College
447 College Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: 828-339-4000

Job Location

Sylva, NC


Dependent on Education and experience


State Health Plan, life insurance,

Job Category

  • Executive/Administrative/Managerial

Application Period

Opens: Monday, October 9, 2023
Closes: Monday, November 20, 2023

Target Start Date

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Expected Work Hours

8 am - 5 pm Mon - Thurs, 8 am - 12 pm Fr

Reports to


Employment Type

Full-Time Exempt Staff

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications


Master’s Degree in education, creative or technical writing, public administration, or other related field from an accredited college/university.

Preferred Qualifications


Position Description

Statement of Primary Purpose

This position provides strategic leadership for SCC’s development and fundraising activities. Promotes the progress of the College and its community by:  detecting and anticipating promising growth opportunities; aligning and integrating conceptual initiatives within an institutional framework; and identifying, capturing, mobilizing and deploying resources to advance College driven activities.


In addition, the ED secures philanthropic support and is responsible for ensuring the establishment of annual and long-term goals and strategies, securing revenue, drafting and reviewing funding proposals and donor appeals, and tracking the status of solicitations.  The ED brings innovative outreach and strategies, prompts the identification of priority areas and opportunities, management of donor relationships, and timely and accurate reporting.  The ED operates and executes responsibilities in full collaboration with the Foundation Board and College President. The paramount objective is to enhance financial resources that support the College’s mission and strategic priorities.



College Administrator; full-time; exempt


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Strategic Development:

  • Retention and strengthening of current donors.
  • Growing funds
  • Development of annual and multi-year fundraising goals that include expected revenue and

sources and create a detailed work plan to accomplish goals.

  • Evaluating the status of fundraising activities and expected revenues from prospects and

project funding on a multi-year basis.

  • Working with college administrators and key program staff to identify priority areas and

strategic opportunities for funding, including alliances and collaborations with individual

donors and industries.

  • Identifying ways to ensure the SCC Foundation’s existing revenue-generating activities are

more predictable, lucrative, and sustainable over a multiyear period.


Prospecting, Cultivation, and Stewardship:

  • Identifying and researching potential new sources of funding, including foundations and

individuals, through research, with external partners and staff, and staying current on

trends and opportunities.

  • Identifying and cultivating non-foundation institutional donors - e.g. businesses and


  • Tracking and documenting contacts, activities, and status related to all funders and


  • Guiding the development of prospect materials such as funding proposals/applications 
  • Meeting with and/or arranging meetings for key staff with current and prospective


  • Ensuring that current donors receive timely updates and reports, and are included in key

organizational activities such as the annual gala. Working with marketing/communications staff to develop informational materials.

  • Maximizing the functionality of the Foundation’s database to support donor cultivation

and relationship management.


Special Events:

  • Planning and launching events that will engage, inform, and recognize prospective and existing donors, alumni, corporate partners, and community leaders.


Supervision of Grants Development:

  • Direct oversight in the development, and submission of original grant proposals and applications.
  • Work with College senior administrative staff to detect and anticipate promising growth opportunities, integrate conceptual initiatives within an institutional framework, and facilitate the development of strategic institutional priorities;
  • Provide coordination and support to the President’s Office related to special projects, strategic initiative development;
  • Provide leadership and support for the establishment and maintenance of organizational relationships, partnerships and alliances;
  • Identify funding opportunities that address the College’s stated mission and goals;
  • Work with leadership to provide seamless resource development support for the College and its community;
  • Collaborate with College faculty, staff and community partners to develop project ideas;
  • Supervise the coordination and maintenance of grant-related research & resource library and Office for Grant Activities web page.
  • Maintain centralized files for externally funded programs and other activities.
  • Act as a liaison with appropriate private and public funding agencies and organizations; and

Facilitate the creation and implementation of policy and procedure for the Office for Grant Activities.


Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interact with students, the public, the community, and co-workers in a cooperative, courteous, and professional manner.
  • Assist with the re-accreditation process.
  • Serve on committees and teams as assigned.
  • Comply with the college’s policies and procedures as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Participate in the preparation of annual unit planning goals, process improvement priorities, and new initiatives for the annual Continuous Improvement Plan.
  • Coordinate grant-related professional development for faculty and staff.
  • Direct projects and assume other duties as assigned by the President.


Minimum Qualifications


Master’s Degree in education, creative or technical writing, public administration, or other related field from an accredited college/university.


Knowledge and Skills    

Five to seven years of related work experience required, to include the evidence of the following:

  • Proven history of successful fundraising experience, development, or community outreach.
  • Understanding of prospect research and grant development;
  • Rich background in conceptualizing and designing projects, programs and initiatives;
  • Exceptional written, communication, organizational and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to function effectively as part of a team;
  • Ability to independently initiate, oversee and complete large, complex projects;
  • Advanced word processing, graphics and research skills;
  • Ability to draft clear, concise narratives, correspondence, budgets and other documents;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other institutions of higher education, schools, and agencies at the local, state and national levels


Physical Demands          

Sitting for long periods of time or standing for long periods.  Lifting supplies up to 25 pounds, bending.


Licensing Requirements              

Related professional certification preferred.


Working Conditions and Environment

Office setting; periodic travel to meet with funders and partners; work hours could include nights and weekends during peak periods.


Equipment Operation

General office equipment, desktop computer, fund development software/applications.


This position description covers the most essential functions and duties associated with this position.  Other duties may be assigned by the President or appropriate supervisory personnel.  The College reserves the right to alter duties, responsibilities, conditions, working hours, and job title as necessary.

How to Apply

Apply on Southwestern Community College website:  https://southwesterncc.hirecentric.com/jobs/228010-21374.html

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