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LEADERSHIP

The Rural Center is an independent nonprofit with a mission to develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life in rural North Carolina. For 30 years, the Center has operated from the core belief that our rural communities have inherent cultural value and are vital to the overall economic health of our state. The Center supports North Carolina’s 80 rural counties by advocating for sound public policy based in datadriven decision making; engaging communities in planning for their future and connecting them to the critical resources they need to be successful; and promoting inclusive leadership and nurturing a new generation of rural leaders.

The Center recently completed a comprehensive feasibility study in preparation for the expansion of philanthropic support and the launch of a comprehensive capital campaign. The Rural Center now seeks an energetic and visionary director of development to create a dynamic development program and prepare for the launch of an impending capital campaign to coincide with the Center’s 30th anniversary. The director will be one of five members of the Center’s leadership team, reporting directly to the president of the Rural Center.

Role of Director of Development

The ideal candidate must have a deep appreciation for and understanding of rural communities and the state’s current philanthropic climate. Capital campaign experience is preferred and a strong background in major gift fundraising is a must. The candidate must thrive on working independently to create a vibrant development function and be able to lead the board, leadership, and staff to embrace private philanthropy as a critical component of the long-term sustainability of the organization.

The director of development will be responsible for managing the strategic direction and tactical implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program with individual, corporate, and foundation objectives. This new position will work closely with the president and the Rural Center Board of Directors in building a diverse set of donor prospects across North Carolina and establishing a culture of philanthropy for the Rural Center. The development director will have the support of a communications/development assistant and will be a member of the organization’s executive leadership team.

Essential Duties and Functions

● Collaborate with the president, Board of Directors, and Rural Center staff to create a fund development plan that increases funding to support the Center’s strategic direction—special attention toward establishing a network of individual donors is critical;

● Build upon and expand relationships with stakeholders across all North Carolina to attract philanthropic support;

● Plan and execute effective donor cultivation, recognition, and stewardship; The Rural Center Director of Development

● Work with the senior director of public affairs to coordinate regular articles and financial information to educate donors and encourage their support;

● Work with the leadership team to develop proposals for corporate gifts and foundation grants;

● Develop and implement strategies to create a philanthropic culture throughout the organization and with the Board of Directors;

● Research public and private grant sources (e.g., government, corporations, and foundations) to identify sources of restricted and unrestricted funding;

● Supervise and coordinate activities to maintain complete and accurate records of all contributions and grants using a donor database;

● Interface with the finance office to fulfill information requests and maintain reporting accuracy of all income;

● Dedicate on-going attention to personal professional development through trade organization networks. Desired Qualifications The Rural Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and traits:

● A proven track record in major gift fundraising with a minimum of five years of experience, (emphasis on individual fundraising and donor relations);

● A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required and professional certifications are preferred;

● Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently with little administrative support;

● Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain major donor and executive-level relationships on behalf of the Center;

● Superior written communication and proposal development skills; ● Familiarity with the North Carolina and national philanthropic community, especially those funders supporting community and economic development;

● An affinity for the mission-driven approach to rural community economic development, small business development, and leadership development; and

● The ability to travel up to 50% as needed, mostly in-state.

Procedure for Candidacy

The Rural Center has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications must be submitted via email to searchservices@capdev.com. Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

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Rural Counts. A simple message... with broad implications. 

The Rural Center was founded 30 years ago with the belief that Rural Counts, and we have been working for three decades with rural communities across North Carolina to promote their value, build upon their assets, and improve the quality of life for all citizens of North Carolina.

As we look to the future, we recognize that now more than ever, rural North Carolina needs to clearly articulate what it offers the state, present its values and assets in positive terms, and work together across communities and regions to implement smart strategies that will help rural areas flourish.

The Rural Center's advocacy agenda, Rural Counts: 10 Strategies for Rural North Carolina's Future, is the product of closely listening to North Carolinian's and deeply researching the issues. The 10-point plan reflects what we heard directly from you. It is offered in the best North Carolina tradition of partnership and collaboration and represents a determination to meet our rural future head-on. It is an example of our deep belief that we are one state that we must move forward together.

 

Learn More

Get Involved

Resources

2017 Advocacy Priorities

North Carolina Advocacy

  • Use our handy NCGA Bill Tracker to keep up-to-date on legislation pertaining to the 10 Rural Counts Strategies
  • North Carolina's lobbying law.
  • Visit the N.C. General Assembly website to find contact information for your state Representative and Senator. Tell them that Rural Counts

Federal Advocacy

Newsletter

Webinars

 

jason lenoir

 

 

 

Contact

John Coggin

Director of Advocacy

(919) 250-4314

jcoggin@ncruralcenter.org

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 toms email signature

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     Board of Directors

N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, Inc.

Click on each item to download a PDF version of the document.

 

Board of Directors Meeting — December 9, 2015 

Agenda

Minutes from the September 28 meeting and November 23 conference call (Item 1)

Note: Item 2 will be distributed at the meeting

History of the Rural Center Mission Statement (Item 3)

Note: Items 4-6 will be distributed at the meeting

 

Board of Directors Conference Call — 3:30 p.m. November 23, 2015 

Call-in Number: 800-832-0736     Conference Room: 1302795

Memo: Rural Impact of Connect NC Bond

Resolution: Connect NC Bond

Legislation: Connect NC Bond Act

Connect NC: Honorary and Working Committee

Connect.NC.gov

 

Board of Directors Meeting — September 28, 2015

Agenda

Minutes from May 27 meeting (Item 1)

State Budget Update (Item 2)

2016 Meeting Schedule (Item 3)

Rural Assembly Meeting Locations

Note: Items 4-8 will be distributed at the meeting

Governance Committee Nominations (Item 9)

 

Corporate Partners Breakfast — June 25, 2015

Agenda

Presentation

 

Board of Directors Meeting — May 27, 2015

Agenda 

Minutes (Item 1)

Appointment of Assistant Secretary (Item 2)

Mission Statement (Item 3)

Regional Advocacy Meetings (Item 4)

Note: Item 5 and Item 6 will be distributed at the meeting, in addition to information from Wells Fargo Advisors. 

Definition of Rural (Item 7)

Board Survey (Item 8)

Note: Item 9 will be distributed at the meeting. 

 

Program Updates — March 2, 2015

Entrepreneurship and Lending   Barry Ryan

Small Business Credit Initiative   Tom Wall

Leadership and Community Engagement   Misty Herget and Chilton Rogers

Training and Event Schedule

 


Board of Directors Meeting — February 25, 2015

Revised Agenda for Conference Call (Updated 2/24/15)

Original Agenda

Minutes from December 10 Meeting (Item 1)

Financial Activities Summary (Items 2 & 3)

There is no Item 4

Investment Committee Update (Item 5)

Advocacy Approach (Item 6)

State Advocacy Strategy (Item 7)

Federal Advocacy Strategy (Item 8)

Research Strategy (Item 9)

Communications Strategic Plan (Item 10)

 

We have a great opportunity for the right organization

 

The N.C. Rural Center has space available for lease in its office building on Carya Drive in Raleigh.

Rural Center exteriorThe building, which is located in a Wake County government office complex with convenient Beltline access, features abundant free parking, shared meeting spaces, a modern phone system and a state-of-the-art conference center. There is an employee kitchen, as well as a kitchen to service the conference center.

We have work-ready offices and cubicles, with configurations to welcome up to 21 employees. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if your organization needs less space; we’re flexible.

The Rural Center is open to discussing a number of options that could your streamline your operations and ease your transition, including:

  • Receptionist services
  • Technology services
  • The use of copy machines
  • The use of computers, desks and other office furniture, equipment and supplies

We are looking for an organization with a mission that dovetails with our own. Our space is available to a group that provides economic or community development services in North Carolina, including the rural areas of our state.

Rent is negotiable.

For more information, please write Patty Eller or call her at 919-250-4314.

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LEADERSHIP

The Rural Center is an independent nonprofit with a mission to develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life in rural North Carolina. For 30 years, the Center has operated from the core belief that our rural communities have inherent cultural value and are vital to the overall economic health of our state. The Center supports North Carolina’s 80 rural counties by advocating for sound public policy based in datadriven decision making; engaging communities in planning for their future and connecting them to the critical resources they need to be successful; and promoting inclusive leadership and nurturing a new generation of rural leaders.

The Center recently completed a comprehensive feasibility study in preparation for the expansion of philanthropic support and the launch of a comprehensive capital campaign. The Rural Center now seeks an energetic and visionary director of development to create a dynamic development program and prepare for the launch of an impending capital campaign to coincide with the Center’s 30th anniversary. The director will be one of five members of the Center’s leadership team, reporting directly to the president of the Rural Center.

Role of Director of Development

The ideal candidate must have a deep appreciation for and understanding of rural communities and the state’s current philanthropic climate. Capital campaign experience is preferred and a strong background in major gift fundraising is a must. The candidate must thrive on working independently to create a vibrant development function and be able to lead the board, leadership, and staff to embrace private philanthropy as a critical component of the long-term sustainability of the organization.

The director of development will be responsible for managing the strategic direction and tactical implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program with individual, corporate, and foundation objectives. This new position will work closely with the president and the Rural Center Board of Directors in building a diverse set of donor prospects across North Carolina and establishing a culture of philanthropy for the Rural Center. The development director will have the support of a communications/development assistant and will be a member of the organization’s executive leadership team.

Essential Duties and Functions

● Collaborate with the president, Board of Directors, and Rural Center staff to create a fund development plan that increases funding to support the Center’s strategic direction—special attention toward establishing a network of individual donors is critical;

● Build upon and expand relationships with stakeholders across all North Carolina to attract philanthropic support;

● Plan and execute effective donor cultivation, recognition, and stewardship; The Rural Center Director of Development

● Work with the senior director of public affairs to coordinate regular articles and financial information to educate donors and encourage their support;

● Work with the leadership team to develop proposals for corporate gifts and foundation grants;

● Develop and implement strategies to create a philanthropic culture throughout the organization and with the Board of Directors;

● Research public and private grant sources (e.g., government, corporations, and foundations) to identify sources of restricted and unrestricted funding;

● Supervise and coordinate activities to maintain complete and accurate records of all contributions and grants using a donor database;

● Interface with the finance office to fulfill information requests and maintain reporting accuracy of all income;

● Dedicate on-going attention to personal professional development through trade organization networks. Desired Qualifications The Rural Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and traits:

● A proven track record in major gift fundraising with a minimum of five years of experience, (emphasis on individual fundraising and donor relations);

● A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required and professional certifications are preferred;

● Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently with little administrative support;

● Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain major donor and executive-level relationships on behalf of the Center;

● Superior written communication and proposal development skills; ● Familiarity with the North Carolina and national philanthropic community, especially those funders supporting community and economic development;

● An affinity for the mission-driven approach to rural community economic development, small business development, and leadership development; and

● The ability to travel up to 50% as needed, mostly in-state.

Procedure for Candidacy

The Rural Center has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications must be submitted via email to searchservices@capdev.com. Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

rural counts web address

Rural Counts. A simple message... with broad implications. 

The Rural Center was founded 30 years ago with the belief that Rural Counts, and we have been working for three decades with rural communities across North Carolina to promote their value, build upon their assets, and improve the quality of life for all citizens of North Carolina.

As we look to the future, we recognize that now more than ever, rural North Carolina needs to clearly articulate what it offers the state, present its values and assets in positive terms, and work together across communities and regions to implement smart strategies that will help rural areas flourish.

The Rural Center's advocacy agenda, Rural Counts: 10 Strategies for Rural North Carolina's Future, is the product of closely listening to North Carolinian's and deeply researching the issues. The 10-point plan reflects what we heard directly from you. It is offered in the best North Carolina tradition of partnership and collaboration and represents a determination to meet our rural future head-on. It is an example of our deep belief that we are one state that we must move forward together.

 

Learn More

Get Involved

Resources

2017 Advocacy Priorities

North Carolina Advocacy

  • Use our handy NCGA Bill Tracker to keep up-to-date on legislation pertaining to the 10 Rural Counts Strategies
  • North Carolina's lobbying law.
  • Visit the N.C. General Assembly website to find contact information for your state Representative and Senator. Tell them that Rural Counts

Federal Advocacy

Newsletter

Webinars

 

jason lenoir

 

 

 

Contact

John Coggin

Director of Advocacy

(919) 250-4314

jcoggin@ncruralcenter.org

email signature 4

 

 

barrys email signature

 

 toms email signature

amandas email signature

     Board of Directors

N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, Inc.

Click on each item to download a PDF version of the document.

 

Board of Directors Meeting — December 9, 2015 

Agenda

Minutes from the September 28 meeting and November 23 conference call (Item 1)

Note: Item 2 will be distributed at the meeting

History of the Rural Center Mission Statement (Item 3)

Note: Items 4-6 will be distributed at the meeting

 

Board of Directors Conference Call — 3:30 p.m. November 23, 2015 

Call-in Number: 800-832-0736     Conference Room: 1302795

Memo: Rural Impact of Connect NC Bond

Resolution: Connect NC Bond

Legislation: Connect NC Bond Act

Connect NC: Honorary and Working Committee

Connect.NC.gov

 

Board of Directors Meeting — September 28, 2015

Agenda

Minutes from May 27 meeting (Item 1)

State Budget Update (Item 2)

2016 Meeting Schedule (Item 3)

Rural Assembly Meeting Locations

Note: Items 4-8 will be distributed at the meeting

Governance Committee Nominations (Item 9)

 

Corporate Partners Breakfast — June 25, 2015

Agenda

Presentation

 

Board of Directors Meeting — May 27, 2015

Agenda 

Minutes (Item 1)

Appointment of Assistant Secretary (Item 2)

Mission Statement (Item 3)

Regional Advocacy Meetings (Item 4)

Note: Item 5 and Item 6 will be distributed at the meeting, in addition to information from Wells Fargo Advisors. 

Definition of Rural (Item 7)

Board Survey (Item 8)

Note: Item 9 will be distributed at the meeting. 

 

Program Updates — March 2, 2015

Entrepreneurship and Lending   Barry Ryan

Small Business Credit Initiative   Tom Wall

Leadership and Community Engagement   Misty Herget and Chilton Rogers

Training and Event Schedule

 


Board of Directors Meeting — February 25, 2015

Revised Agenda for Conference Call (Updated 2/24/15)

Original Agenda

Minutes from December 10 Meeting (Item 1)

Financial Activities Summary (Items 2 & 3)

There is no Item 4

Investment Committee Update (Item 5)

Advocacy Approach (Item 6)

State Advocacy Strategy (Item 7)

Federal Advocacy Strategy (Item 8)

Research Strategy (Item 9)

Communications Strategic Plan (Item 10)

 

We have a great opportunity for the right organization

 

The N.C. Rural Center has space available for lease in its office building on Carya Drive in Raleigh.

Rural Center exteriorThe building, which is located in a Wake County government office complex with convenient Beltline access, features abundant free parking, shared meeting spaces, a modern phone system and a state-of-the-art conference center. There is an employee kitchen, as well as a kitchen to service the conference center.

We have work-ready offices and cubicles, with configurations to welcome up to 21 employees. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if your organization needs less space; we’re flexible.

The Rural Center is open to discussing a number of options that could your streamline your operations and ease your transition, including:

  • Receptionist services
  • Technology services
  • The use of copy machines
  • The use of computers, desks and other office furniture, equipment and supplies

We are looking for an organization with a mission that dovetails with our own. Our space is available to a group that provides economic or community development services in North Carolina, including the rural areas of our state.

Rent is negotiable.

For more information, please write Patty Eller or call her at 919-250-4314.

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