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NorthWest Arkansas Community College
  • Position Number: 4039102
  • Location: Bentonville, AR
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising

Assistant Director of Advancement

NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) provides quality and affordable higher education to empower lives and strengthen communities within Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas.

As the largest community college in Arkansas, NWACC is recognized as a leader in education. NWACC offers a full range of associate degrees, certificates and workforce training programs that prepare students for rewarding futures and careers.

NWACC employees are dedicated to fostering a diverse educational community and cultural learning environment that supports student success.

The Assistant Director for Advancement will implement strategic fundraising efforts in areas of major gifts, annual giving, private scholarships, alumni relations, planned giving and other areas as assigned. As a member of the NWACC’s Advancement team, the Assistant Director for Advancement is a key player in the overall advancement initiatives of the College.

Essential Duties

  • Assists in managing administrative and business functions of the NWACC Foundation, a separate 501©(3) organization; serves as the Foundation figurehead and authority in the absence of the Executive Director.

  • Assists Executive Director with major gift prospect management, with primary focus on individuals.

  • Provides support in long-range planning, strategy, evaluation and strengthening of programs in support of the NWACC Foundation’s mission.

  • Assists advancement team with event planning for the annual Gala, Scholarship Luncheon, and other events and Foundation activities as needed.

  • Leads in developing and implementing a strategic plan to raise annual funds and scholarship funds, both outright and endowment gifts.

  • Oversees scholarship management of process and funds, working with the college scholarship coordinator and other departments to ensure student financial assistance.

  • Identifies, researches, cultivates, and solicits prospective donors within the donor constituency (including alumni, friends, trustees, foundations, corporations, etc.) to contribute to the overall fundraising needs.

  • Represents NWACC in both internal and external communities, to continually build and foster partnerships for Foundation programs and projects.

  • Maintains donors through effective follow-up and appropriate stewardship.

  • Solicits sponsorships from individuals, corporations, and foundations for special event fundraisers.

  • Co-develop solicitation materials, gift proposals, presentations, reports, and other documentation as needed.

  • Drafts letters of inquiry, proposals, grant writing and other documents to solicit potential funding.

  • Assists in the development and coordination of communication materials such as newsletters, brochures, annual reports, special event marketing pieces, webpage content, and social media.

  • Assists with preparations for meetings and communication with the regional Foundation Board of Directors.

  • Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.

Rate of Pay: $50,000 annualized

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of donor management system Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT preferred; ability to plan, organize and implement fundraising campaigns and build relationships with donors, alumni and community members; excellent organizational and planning skills; ability to participate as a team member; ability to handle confidential material; ability to adjust to change; ability to meet deadlines

Physical Demands 

The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations. 


While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, talk or hear; regularly required to reach with hands and arms, taste or smell; occasionally required to walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. 


Environmental Conditions 

The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree required. 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising, donor relations and grant writing, plus 1 or more years management/leadership/financial related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

NWACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, please see our EEO policy.

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