Assistant Director Development, Honors College

Georgia State University
Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 24, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Honors College

The Honors College was founded in 2011 and preceded by an honors program, which existed within the College of Arts & Sciences since the 1970s. As a non-degree granting unit, the Honors College seeks to provide students with experiential learning opportunities and a rigorous honors education that molds them into future leaders.  Over 1,500 students are enrolled in the Honors College.


Job Description

This position conducts a specialized ongoing development program for the Honors College. The position reports to the AVP for University Advancement and works collaboratively with the AVP on the identification, cultivation, and stewardship of new and existing donors while planning, organizing, and conducting specific initiatives in support of the college’s fundraising goals. The position is responsible for writing and editing fundraising and communication pieces and coordinating strategic development initiatives that emphasize increased annual, mid-level, and major gifts from students and their parents, alumni, corporations, and foundations while simultaneously laying the foundation for a robust future major gifts pipeline. This includes but is not limited to assisting the AVP for University Advancement and Dean of the Honors College on coordinating donor-related relationships, programs, board meetings, and special projects, such as stewardship communications, major gift proposals, Dean’s Society events, and other key projects. The position works closely with the Honors College’s Board of Visitors.



Donor Discovery, Cultivation, Solicitation, and Stewardship

  • Maintain an active pool of annual, leadership, and mid-level prospects under strategic management through a consistent program of prospect/donor outreach
  • Identify and qualify gift prospects through discovery visits, commensurate with portfolio composition, that includes personal visits, invitations to Honors College events, online meetings, phone calls, emails, mail, social media, and other strategies as appropriate
  • Determine prospects’ passions, interests, and needs that align with the Honors College’s funding priorities and opportunities
  • Develop and implement targeted strategies to maximize involvement of key volunteers
  • Conduct joint visits with unit administration or other Development colleagues, as appropriate
  • Attend Honors College, Alumni Association, Athletics, Advancement and other events where opportunities to engage with prospects present themselves


  • Work collaboratively with the AVP for University Advancement to oversee Honors College’s annual fund activities, working in collaboration with university advancement colleagues to ensure strong, consistent, and clear messaging on behalf of the college, including development of messages and materials for websites, the annual fund campaign, Georgia State Day, and other direct mail and e-solicitations for the college
  • Write, edit, and develop alumni, parent, Board of Visitors, and donor articles, marketing and communication materials, proposals, solicitation messages and thank you letters
  • Work independently and in partnership with the Advancement team and college staff to construct and execute messages for alumni and other prospects

Strategy and Coordination

  • Build working relationships with internal constituents to enhance information exchange between the college and other units
  • Assist with the coordination and participation of alumni, donor engagement, prospecting, recognition and stewardship events, as appropriate
  • Use donor database and other resources to coordinate and track strategies, record activities, maintain updated prospect information, and manage gift documentation


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and one year of related experience; or a combination of education and related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in prospect identification, qualification, solicitation, and cultivation
  • Proven ability to successfully identify and build relationships and connect donor/client interests with opportunities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of facets of fundraising, such as annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, cultivation, and stewardship
  • Ability to problem solve and adapt to rapidly changing situations and successfully manage projects from start to finish
  • Social media and graphic design expertise
  • Proficiency in or demonstrated ability to work in a CRM or other relational database, such as Advance, Salesforce, or Raiser’s Edge
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies from all disciplines including donors, faculty, staff, students, and select corporations and foundations 
  • Successful record of collaboration with colleagues
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to proofread, respond professionally, and treat others as customers