NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
DIRECTOR of the FRIENDS of the LIBRARY (DEVELOPMENT OFFICER)
The NCSU Libraries has a well-earned reputation for creating adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The D. H. Hill Library combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons and Technology Sandbox. Soon we will open a magnificent new library that promises to be nothing less than the best learning and collaborative space in the country. Located on NC State’s Centennial Campus, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library will be an iconic space, a place where people gather to explore new ways to research, learn, experiment, collaborate, and affect the world. Designed as a working incubator for educational technology, the Hunt Library will serve as a second “main library,” complementing the D. H. Hill Library, with services focused on the Centennial Campus community. If you would like to help insure the NCSU Libraries’ continuing excellence, please consider applying for the following position.
The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for a Development Officer to serve as the Director of the Friends of the Library. This position is strategically important to the Libraries’ mission and goals, and reflects an increasing need to seek support from the private sector, strengthen the Libraries’ public relations efforts, and extend the Libraries’ outreach and promotional activities. Led by a Board of Directors comprising donors, alumni, faculty, administrators, business owners, and other key members of the community, the Friends of the Library (FOL) advocates and raises funds for the improvement of the NCSU Libraries. Supporting over 1,600 members, FOL activities and events occur frequently throughout the year and include annual recognition banquets, a book sale, and special lectures for the NC State and Research Triangle community. This position reports to the Associate Director for Collections and Scholarly Communication and works closely with the Director of Major Gifts and the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries.
The Director of the Friends of the Library:
- Manages corporate fundraising and provides coordination and support for the Friends of the Library
- Spends approximately 30% of his/her time engaging major gift prospects/donors (identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship) in collaboration with the Director of Major Gifts
- Participates in a “moves management” program to manage a portfolio of major gift level prospects/donors while meeting specific monthly call expectations
- Initiates and implements annual membership drives on behalf of the Friends of the Library for individuals and corporate partners, supports special fund drives, and coordinates the annual booksale
- Oversees donor relations and stewardship, and donor file management
- Furthers the Libraries’ public relations through Friends of the Library programming (Fall Luncheon, donor receptions, etc.), preparation of Friends-related news releases, articles, and event announcements, and maintenance of the FOL website
- Manages the day-to-day operations of the FOL office with a full-time program assistant and part-time student assistants
- Bachelors degree
- At least 2 years’ relevant and successful professional experience in fundraising, donor relations, board and membership management
- Excellent communication skills including composition, grammar, and editing skills
- Understanding of the mission of a research university and ability to articulate the role of the academic library to an external audience
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills, including experience in planning and coordinating constituent-focused events
- Experience with relevant technologies for donor and gift management, web editing, e-communications, etc.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively as a team member and individually
- Capacity to thrive in an exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment, and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities
- A valid driver license, and ability to travel (locally and nationally) and ability to work evenings and weekend on occasion
- Relevant professional experience in a university setting
- Experience directing staff and other resources
The Libraries, the University, and the Area
The NCSU Libraries and its staff have won numerous awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and six Movers and Shakers awards. The library system currently consists of the D. H. Hill Library and branch libraries for design, natural resources, textiles, and veterinary medicine, with the James B. Hunt Jr. Library opening soon. With a staff of 260+ FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.4 million volumes in its collection, acquires more than 62,000 print and electronic serials, and has a total annual budget of over $25 million, with approximately $9.5 million allocated to collections. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents.
The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University form the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), with combined resources exceeding 17 million volumes and collections budgets totaling more than $30 million.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities in science and technology, with strong programs in the humanities and social sciences, NC State offers degrees through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 34,000 students and offers doctoral degrees in 61 fields of study. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents. NC State is a national leader in networking technologies and a charter member of the North Carolina Networking Initiative (NCNI), an Internet2 initiative with the most advanced operational networking system infrastructure in the nation.
North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks lies. One of the nation's premier concentrations of academic, corporate, and public research, the area combines moderate year-round temperatures, rolling hills, championship college athletics, and a rich diversity of cultural events. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Businessweek rated Raleigh as “the best American city” in 2011, recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-one place for business and careers and as the number-two spot for young professionals.
Salary and Benefits
The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Benefits include: 24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at http://www7.acs.ncsu.edu/hr/benefits/
Application process and schedule
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable.
Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/. Search in the keyword box by position number 00001585. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.