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The Morehead-Cain Foundation, home of the first merit scholarship program in the United States, seeks energetic and organized professionals to serve as an annual fund coordinator or a scholar advisor.


The Morehead-Cain is a four-year merit scholarship for students of the highest caliber to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, providing full funding for academic study and four distinctive summer opportunities in outdoor leadership, civic collaboration, global perspective, and professional experience. The more than 270 current Morehead-Cain Scholars enrich UNC’s vibrant campus community as leaders and innovators, and they join a network of more than 3,000 exceptional and connected alumni.

Annual Fund Coordinator

The Morehead-Cain Foundation seeks an energetic, organized, and flexible person to join its team as annual fund coordinator. The annual fund coordinator is a key contributor to the Morehead-Cain development program. The coordinator works closely with the director of development, the western region development officer, the associate director and the executive director.

Key priorities include:

  • leading the Foundation’s annual fund;
  • managing the senior class campaign and identifying and engaging senior class parent leaders;
  • engaging and motivating alumni volunteers;
  • managing, tracking, and analyzing gifts and donor stewardship; and
  • implementing data-driven fundraising strategies.

In addition, the annual fund coordinator is a key member of the Morehead-Cain team, and is expected to understand the Foundation’s entire operation and calendar, and to seek opportunities to assist other team members and improve processes. This is an exciting opportunity for a development professional who is motivated by the educational mission of the Morehead-Cain Foundation and ready to assume major responsibility for its continued success.

Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree and experience in professional development, alumni relations, or fundraising in higher education or a nonprofit environment. Occasional travel for alumni visits and regional events required

The Morehead-Cain Foundation administers the Morehead-Cain Scholarship—the first merit scholarship program in the United States, founded at the nation’s first public university. Its mission is to sustain and enhance the excellence of the University of North Carolina by identifying, investing in, and inspiring promising leaders.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to David Greer, director of development, via email to

Scholar Advisor

The Morehead-Cain Foundation, home of the first merit scholarship program in the United States, seeks an engaging professional to advise the Morehead-Cain Scholars and lead its enrichment programs.

The Basics

A scholar advisor is an upbeat, organized, and flexible person who plays a key role in the Morehead-Cain Scholars’ experience. You will work directly with the scholars—individually and in groups—to help them set and achieve goals and plan and carry out their Summer Enrichment Program experiences.

Your responsibilities will include planning and executing scholar programming and communications; building authentic relationships with advisees; and handling the placement, training, and oversight of each scholar as they launch into their placements each summer.

Skills you’ll need

A scholar advisor has many of the same characteristics we seek in our scholars: an innate curiosity about the world; a lifelong love of learning; influential leadership in their previous roles; and exemplary character composed of integrity, empathy, and optimism. In addition, you will need:

  • Personal authenticity, dignity, and an ability to build sincere relationships with scholars, fellow staff members, and all Foundation constituents
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral (clarity, brevity, authenticity, spelling, grammar, and pizzazz)
  • Program and event management skills
  • Awareness of scholars’ goals, needs, concerns and feelings; ability to give support where needed and stay calm under pressure
  • Flexibility, creativity, intelligence, dependability
  • An enthusiasm for working with a collaborative, engaged team
  • Sharp attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Charm, charisma, and a cheerful disposition
  • Self-starter, motivated, high-achiever
  • A great sense of humor

We are a distinctly collaborative organization where every team member wears many hats. You will collaborate with the scholar selection team to help select and recruit each new class of scholars, assist our communications team on internal and external written communications and videos, support Foundation events throughout the year, and much more.

Education and Experience

  • Four-year undergraduate degree, minimum 2–3 years of relevant work experience (including student advising) is required, although longer is preferred. Unique life experiences and background desired; master’s degree is preferred.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply,  please submit a cover letter and resume to Hannah Hannan, executive assistant, via email at

Morehead-Cain is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.