The Director of Development will be responsible for conducting and coordinating specialized and ongoing programs to raise funds, particularly major gifts, and cultivating relationships with donors. Reporting to the Executive Director of Individual Engagement, the Director of Development will be responsible for strategic and effective management of a portfolio of 150+ major gift prospects. In coordination with Advancement colleagues, the Director of Development also will encourage the full participation of his/her portfolio in the annual giving and alumni relations programs, moving them through the solicitation cycle and providing appropriate follow-up and stewardship activities that ensure donors’ continued commitment to the college.
Identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects for assigned constituents and areas, collaborating with college colleagues.
Makes personal visits on individuals to cultivate their interest in GGC and solicit financial support.
Perform major gift prospect identification, research and internal and external communications for assigned areas, both independently and collaboratively with college colleagues and/or key volunteers.
Create effective and impactful solicitation proposals and other communications to prospects based on GGC priorities and prospect interest.
Steward existing relationships, as assigned, and prepare reports for these donors reflecting the uses of their gifts.
Oversee the coordination of area-related advisory councils, as assigned.
Assist college colleagues in building the resources necessary for successful prospect/donor relationship development and fundraising, as assigned.
Participate in short-range and long-range strategic planning with the Executive Director of Individual Engagement to develop and implement comprehensive fundraising goals, objectives and plans. This will include creating and implementing an effective management, evaluation, and reporting system for assigned development priorities.
Manage information on and activities with key constituents and provide regular reporting on progress through Raiser’s Edge.
Represent GGC and its Advancement division at local and business community meetings, events, etc. as assigned.
Work on assigned special college-wide projects and provide support at college events.
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the college, its history, programs and funding priorities and be able to articulate the “GGC story” to prospects, donors and the greater community.
Other duties as assigned.
A minimum of three years of successful experience in fundraising.
Must possess a mature ability to participate in building a comprehensive development program for Georgia Gwinnett College.
Must be team oriented and have a demonstrated ability to work successfully with various internal constituencies.
Have a high comfort level integrating and using various types of technology in daily work activities.
Can work independently, setting timelines to meet deadlines.
The successful candidate can demonstrate a proven track record of fundraising success with a record of achieving and exceeding goals.
Must be a self-starter who requires little supervision to succeed. Strong organization and leadership capabilities are required. Must possess the ability to plan, organize and direct multiple programs and activities concurrently.
Must demonstrate the ability to use independent judgment. Exemplary interpersonal skills and community relations skills are essential, as is the ability to motivate and impact volunteer leaders and major gift donors.
Must function well on a collegial team and be capable of succeeding in a fast-paced, collaborative and fluid work environment focused on performance and outcomes.
Must possess strong presentation and public speaking skills in addition to exceptional oral and written communication skills. Must have the ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to develop and implement comprehensive goals, strategies, and plans.
General knowledge of budget preparation, financial/business analysis techniques and fiscal
Experience in major gift fundraising in higher education and working successfully with alumni, faculty, administration, and a variety of other constituents associated with the college.
Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the College unless an applicant is selected for an interview. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and proof of eligibility will be contemporaneously required upon acceptance of an employment offer. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and credit check if applicable to the position, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.
This position raises funds for both Georgia Gwinnett College and secondarily for the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation. Position may require local travel. Ability to lift and carry files and materials. Ability to move from one office to another office on campus. Adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to interact with people in person, on the phone and in writing. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.
About Georgia Gwinnett College
Founded in 2005, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is one of 28 institutions within the University System of Georgia. GGC is a premier 21st century liberal arts institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Serving nearly 13,000 students, GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture, and extremely affordable tuition are changing the game in higher education and changing the future for students at all levels, of all ages, and from all walks of life. Gwinnett County (pop. 920,000+) is home to a variety of businesses, including organizations involved in health care, education and information technology.