Ashley Rountree
  • 07-Feb-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Wilmington, NC, USA
  • Full Time


The Healing Place of New Hanover County (THPNHC) is an independent nonprofit (501 c 3) organization opening in Wilmington, North Carolina in mid-2022, the newest replication of a nationally recognized nonprofit recovery program for men and women, The Healing Place (THP). Founded in 1989 in Louisville, Kentucky, THP has been a model that has been used to create similar but independent nonprofits in eighteen rural and urban locations in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. Today, there are three closely aligned affiliates who operate under the management of The Healing Place: our headquarters in Louisville and another site in Campbellsville, Kentucky, plus a third now set to open in Wilmington, NC.; all three provide services at no cost to the clients in order to ensure as few barriers to recovery as possible. For more than 30 years, THP has followed an unwavering mission to reach individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, provide the tools for recovery, and restore meaningful and productive lives.

THP uses a four-stage model involving an innovative peer-to-peer model: Non-medical Detox, Motivational Track, Recovery Stage, and Transitional Services. Historically, leaders in New Hanover County have been working diligently to assist people in their community who are suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Their research to find a best-in-class recovery program led them to identify The Healing Place in Louisville, Kentucky as a model. In 1998, The Healing Place was recognized as a "Model That Works" by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The success rates of the model are consistent from program to program due to the foundation and the basic core elements remaining consistent. The long-term social model provides clients with a safe and stable environment, peer accountability, and education about the disease of addiction. Most importantly, the application of the model takes place with true compassion and empathy for all clients. When it opens in mid-2022, the service area for THPNHC will include Wilmington and New Hanover County, NC and the 16 surrounding counties of North Carolina's Eastern Region. Once THPNHC is in full operation, it will have a budget of approximately $3M with a staff of 100 serving 200 clients annually. This new, critically needed service will be a force for good in North Carolina and we now seek to recruit the team to lead THPNHC in preparation, launch and funding of this newest affiliate of a nationally renowned benchmark of excellence in compassionate and effective care.

The Director of Development and Community Engagement will be a senior leader working with the Executive Director to encourage philanthropy, build community awareness, and manage the organizational brand and community footprint for The Healing Place of New Hanover County. With early "best practice" guidance from experienced THP central office staff in Kentucky, the Director will be responsible for planning, creating, and implementing successful programs for both fundraising and community awareness-building activities that will drive essential revenue sources in both philanthropy and client services. Although the initial cost of construction and start-up operations will not require a major capital campaign or fundraising at first, we forecast that annual cash philanthropy for operations will require $750K or more by Fiscal Year 2024-25. Therefore, from the start the Director will oversee the planning of a first-ever fund development program that grows thoughtfully but steadily, integrating major gifts, annual giving, corporate/foundation relations, prospect management, stewardship, planned gifts, stewardship/gift accounting, and special events. In the first year, we also expect the Director to create and execute a Strategic Plan for building Community Awareness and working with Executive Director, senior team, and Board to engage civic/political leaders, healthcare leaders, service partners, and health navigators, who can ensure that individuals who need THPNHC services are quickly identified and referred for enrollment at THPNHC. In time, the Director will be expected to accommodate the growth of his/her department with additional staffing and resources as needed to assure sustainable, renewable annual gifts, grow an endowment, and prepare for future capital expansion.


Essential functions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide strategic fundraising, public relations, and community engagement management to maintain consistent communication of mission, vision, and goals.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive community engagement plan for internal and external constituents, community leaders, referral sources, and the recovery community.
  • Provide input and support for THPNHC's strategic plan
    Develop fundraising programs that support Agency goals; Participate in the planning, management, and execution of annual funds, capital campaigns, and planned giving.
  • Identify, manage, and solicit a personal portfolio of donors and prospects comprised of individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities to secure annual operating support, planned giving, and special gifts.
  • Write and present all proposals for funding from individuals, corporations, foundations, and when needed, government entities.
  • Design and implement effective tailored cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for donor prospects in assigned portfolios; directly soliciting or, as part of a team, meeting defined goals for donor and prospect communication, visits, proposal presentations, and dollars raised.
  • Maintain records of contacts, proposals, tasks and other details for prospects, donors, and community resources. Provides reports when requested.
  • Manage contact information in donor management system and coordinate reconciliation of financial records and reporting.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan and calendar for audiences and constituents of THPNHC.
  • Communicate in a transparent and effective manner with staff, senior leadership, board members, volunteers and program alumni while cultivating positive personal relationships with all.
  • Coordinate and organize special events, promotions, and community events to further awareness and engagement of friends and donors.
  • Create and manage print, presentation, and digital communications vehicles to create momentum and awareness for the organization and events.
  • Oversee electronic communication vehicles and social media strategy for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, blogs, and YouTube.
  • Serve as a liaison between THPNHC and regional media outlets. Coordinate media placements and produce talking points and statements for dissemination to media and public.

The profile of a successful candidate for Director would include these abilities and qualities, as demonstrated by interviews with our team and a past record of accomplishment that is verified through references given by former supervisors, peers, employees, funders, and volunteer leaders:

  • Can communicate the case for support in written and verbal format with ease.
  • Collaborates with peers to provide the best donor-centered practices.
  • Maintaining a presence consistent with the professional, ethical, and moral standards of the development profession and THPNHC.
  • Being committed to the process of continuous improvement and seeking additional skills within local peer organizations and professional groups.
  • Being available to work nights and/or weekends to facilitate special events, when needed.
  • Commitment to financial controls and managing programs within an approved budget.
  • Adhere to the professional standards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and commitment to the philosophies of Donor Centeredness and Person-Centered Care while performing duties.
  • Cultivates effective, discrete, respectful relationships with residents, families, volunteers, visitors, donors, and staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality of a client's pertinent health and financial information in accordance with HIPAA guidelines, promotes client safety.

Anyone working for The Healing Place must adhere to and celebrate these fundamental core values that guide our organizational strategy and individual actions:

  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Opportunity
  • Diversity
  • Accountability


  • Bachelor's Degree preferred, open to non-traditional candidates with transferable business skills
  • A demonstrated understanding of the Wilmington/Cape Fear region is preferred
  • Three to five years of experience (paid or volunteer) in fund raising/resource development is required, including a record of success cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts
  • Additional experience in Community Engagement, Marketing, or Communications is required
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and donor database programs is required (Donor Perfect is the donor database that is used by the central office, and it will be used by THPNHC)
  • Living in or near New Hanover County NC is required
  • Ability to work flexible hours, with occasional evenings and weekends is required
  • Excellent written/oral/interpersonal communication skills is required
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of information, people and processes is required
  • Comfortable communicating with individuals with a diversity of backgrounds, income levels, and influence
  • Organized with strong time management and attention to detail

The Healing Place of New Hanover County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin

The Healing Place of New Hanover County is prepared to offer a competitive salary in the range of $60K to $80K, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and life insurance, employer-matched retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, professional development opportunities and more.

The Wilmington/Cape Fear region is a port city in North Carolina, known as a gateway to North Carolina's coastal community. Wilmington offers a high quality of life for its 250,000+ residents, with beautiful beaches, a nationally recognized historic district with year-round dining, scenic, and cultural attractions. New Hanover County is a great place to call home.

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