moss+ross specializes in CEO/Executive Director and development professional searches for Triangle-based nonprofit organizations including community-based nonprofits, universities, and independent schools. We work with a client’s desired geographic scope – local to national – to find the best and the brightest in the field whether they are rising stars, veterans, local professionals, or searching from afar.

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Unlike firms from outside the region, we live with the outcomes of our work, and we know the success of the new executive is important to our community. We are in this business out of a respect for nonprofits and want our local nonprofit sector to be the best it can be.

moss+ross reviews applicants, conducts telephone or preliminary interviews and prepares a summary analysis for client review. After the client determines finalists, moss+ross facilitates reference checks and interview sessions and discussions. Once a client selects a candidate, moss+ross can help develop a competitive offer, negotiate with the selected finalist, and plan press announcements.

We can craft a plan for a new executive’s seamless transition into your organization, tailored to the needs and goals of the organization as well as the strengths of the executive. If your organization requires interim staffing during a transition, moss+ross can provide full or part-time coverage to ensure important projects stay on track.

Director of Development

The Bald Head Island Conservancy seeks a skilled Director of Development with entrepreneurial vision, energy, and an excitement for promoting the Conservancy’s coastal conservation mission to Discover, Learn, Conserve, and Preserve in an unmatched setting of maritime forest, salt marsh, and beaches on Bald Head Island, North Carolina (BHI). About to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Conservancy champions the sustainability of barrier islands through high-quality research and education programs, as well as a nationally renowned Sea Turtle Protection Program. The Director of Development provides full-time strategic leadership for a comprehensive fundraising program that builds lasting donor relationships to support annual operating and capital needs. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with a collegial team, has five or more years of successful non-profit fundraising experience, and will bring a strong commitment to growing philanthropy that extends the Conservancy’s reach on BHI and throughout the region. Click here for the full job description and to apply.

Chief Development Officer

The YMCA of the Triangle Area is seeking an experienced fundraiser, natural relationship builder and mission-driven thought leader to join the C-Suite of the organization. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will guide the next chapter of financial development focused on broadening philanthropic engagement through inclusive and innovative fundraising strategies that welcome and engage the entire community in supporting healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The CDO leads financial development initiatives across 17 YMCA branches and 3 overnight camps, building key relationships with individual donors, corporations, and foundations, providing strategic leadership for prospect identification, donor cultivation, engagement and stewardship and works in partnership with the Chief Strategy Officer to advocate for local and state government support.  Click here for the full job description and to apply.

Check back for job descriptions for upcoming searches:

Executive Director, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

Executive Director, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals


moss+ross is not leading the following searches, but would like to share these opportunities with you on behalf of current or former clients.

BETH EL SYNAGOGUE, Executive Director

From Beth El: Beth El, a thriving Conservative Jewish congregation located in Durham, NC, was established in 1887 and has long served the vibrant Jewish communities of the Triangle including Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh. Beth El is now seeking a new Executive Director to work with the Rabbi and lay leadership to effectively provide for the collective needs of the congregation. The Executive Director reports to the Beth El Board President and is responsible for the synagogue’s administrative, financial, and business operations, in addition to supporting the congregation’s religious and membership services.  Click here for the full job description and to apply.

Posted 3/17/23

ENO RIVER ASSOCIATION, Development Manager, and Finance & Operations Manager 

From Eno:  The Eno River Association is strengthening our team to increase our impact in the Eno River watershed! We have just launched a robust five-year strategic plan to meet the needs of our community, and are seeking applicants for two full-time positions to support our growing business operations and development. These two positions – Development Manager, and Finance & Operations Manager – are full-time, approximately 40 hours per week, exempt from overtime. Most work will take place during regular working hours, but some evening and weekend work may be necessary. Click here for the full job description and to apply.

Posted 2/14/23

HEALING TRANSITIONS, Development Coordinator

From HT: The Development Coordinator will manage all activities related to fundraising such as managing the grant calendar, writing grants, reports and assisting in annual giving strategy and events. Collaborate with all fundraising activities of the board of directors, staff and volunteers.  The major objective of the job is to assist to the Development Director in the administration and implementation of department goals and all fundraising activities and programs in accordance with the mission, purpose, philosophy and values of Healing Transitions.  Click here for the full job description.

Posted 2/23/23


From JFRC: The Director of Development will support and grow our donor base while stewarding a culture of philanthropy throughout our community. We seek a forward-thinking leader, able to manage and implement multiple strategies and initiatives to engage the community, solicit financial resources, and advance our mission. First-hand experience in a development department responsible for raising at least $1 million annually is preferred, along with a comfort level soliciting and closing gifts ($1,000+), and working with corporate sponsors.  Click here for the full job description.

Posted 3/8/23


From JLR: The Junior League of Raleigh (JLR) is a local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, whose purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The League Director provides leadership and continuity for the JLR’s day-to-day operations and supports our facility, the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership (CCL). As the director for a membership organization, the League Director works closely with the Board of Directors and provides strategic leadership of paid staff in support of the members, the mission and the programs of the JLR.  Click here for the full job description.

Posted 2/8/23


From PORCH: PORCH CHC is a volunteer-led, grassroots, hunger relief organization providing food security to families in need in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors, the Program Manager, the staff, and our network of approximately 500 well-organized volunteers to ensure the organization’s Strategic Plan goals and mission are achieved in support of our three hunger relief programs: Food for Pantries, Food for Schools, and Food for Families. The ED will be responsible for the organization’s management, fundraising, and new development strategy.  Click here for the full job description.

Posted 2/14/23


From Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi seeks a Major Gifts Officer, a senior frontline fundraiser who establishes and builds strong, authentic long-term relationships with donors in support of scientific research. Must be an energetic, goal-oriented, team player who enjoys learning about various fields of science and engineering. Proven track record of closing 5-figure gifts required. Experience in estate-giving vehicles or corporate sponsorships is a plus. Click here for the full job description.

Posted 3/17/23

SOUTHEAST RALEIGH PROMISE, Director of Resource Development

From SERP: The Director of Resource Development serves as a leadership team member and is responsible for leading the design and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising and communications plan that cultivates public and private support in line with the brand of the organization. The Director manages organizational fundraising activities – individual and major gifts, planned giving, donor relations, and special events – and collaborates with members of the organization at every level. The Director works closely with the CEO, Board of Directors, and Advisory Committee to advance strategic goals and objectives of the organization.  Click here for the full job description.

Posted 3/13/23

UNC-CH KENAN INSTITUTE OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, Assistant Director of Business Development

From UNC: The Assistant Director of Business Development will build new relationships and expand existing partnerships with corporations to advance the mission of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. The Assistant Director will also act as a liaison between the institute and its business partners with the goal of further developing the organization’s unique brand of thought leadership in the corporate community, and will work collaboratively with the Kenan-Flagler business partnership office, affiliated research centers, corporate and foundation relations, advancement, faculty, and, alumni and across the University.  Click here for the full job description.

Posted 2/10/23