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Development Associate Fundraising for Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 20, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Academic Centers, Philanthropic Advisors, Technology
Employment Type
Full Time
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TITLE:  Development Associate Fundraising for Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

JOB LOCATION:  Atlanta, Georgia, with some travel required


The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is one of the world’s premier technology-oriented universities, boasting a superb faculty of world-class teacher/scholars.  The Institute is well known for its high academic standards and stands among the top ranks of U.S. research universities with a clear vision for leadership in providing a technologically-oriented education.  With the primary campus located in midtown Atlanta, the Institute is integral to the economy of the state and the region, and the work of its faculty and graduates has an impact across the nation and the world.  Georgia Tech has a global vision and operates in a variety of countries outside the United States.

 Georgia Tech is one of twenty-six public institutions comprising the University System of Georgia.  The Institute is committed to affirmative implementation of equal opportunity in education and employment.  The Institute does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status in the administration of admissions policies, educational policies, employment policies, or any other Institute governed programs and activities.  The Institute’s non-discrimination policy applies to every member of the Institute community.  Qualified people of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  All applicants must apply online at


The Office of Development is principally responsible for securing the understanding and philanthropic support of the private sector for the Institute and its programs.  The Office focuses its efforts on obtaining commitments for major and principal gifts to the Institute and its associated foundation(s) and leads the comprehensive fundraising efforts, which results in gift revenues in excess of $100 million annually and nearly $200 million in new gifts and commitments during Fiscal Year 2020.  Support is sought to enable the Institute and its colleges, schools, and other programs to achieve strategic objectives that will keep our educational programs on the leading edge of discoveries and developments.


The liberal arts have been a part of Georgia Tech since the university first opened its doors in Atlanta in 1888, with English as one of the original six subjects offered. The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, established in 1990, consists of six schools, three ROTC units and several research centers, and exemplifies strengths in humanities and social sciences. The six schools are: Economics; History and Sociology; Literature, Media, and Communication; Modern Languages; Public Policy; and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.  

 The College provides innovative, human-centered perspectives at the intersections of humanities, social sciences, arts and STEM, developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition.

 Ivan Allen College has twelve areas where curriculum and research bridge across two or more schools in the college: computational social science; digital humanities; energy, environmental & sustainability; ethics and emerging technologies; gender studies; global development; global languages and cultures; health analytics and policy; media studies; security (cyber, economic, health, food & international); science and technology policy and governance; and social justice. We enrich knowledge-making enterprises dynamically, encourage ethical principles in our engagements with a broad variety of communities.

 Ivan Allen College has more than 150 tenured, tenure-track and permanent research faculty, who prepare students to be leaders capable of balancing a richly defined base of expertise with a well-grounded sense of responsibility. The roster includes seven fellows of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of only a handful of academics to hold appointments to both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a Fulbright Scholar, and a National Book Award finalist, to name but a few.

 Our programs encompass traditional fields as well as unique and professional disciplines. Many of our faculty members engage in ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research to solve complex issues of the world. Enterprising activities in our college include the School of Economics’ health analytics lab and groundbreaking work on poverty; the School of History and Sociology’s focus on social justice and technology, and the nexus of sports, society and technology; the School of Literature, Media, and Communication’s digital media labs and creative arts and film showcases; the School of Modern Language’s Atlanta Global Studies Center’s work to enhance access to advanced language learning and deepen knowledge of global and intercultural issues; the School of Public Policy’s collaboration with computing and engineering on cybersecurity policy, and degrees in sustainability management; the Nunn School’s work to address issues in international security related to emerging technology and global development, and being home to eight Distinguished Professors of Practice, including its namesake, the Honorable Sam Nunn; and four of our ROTC officers being the first students from Georgia Tech to be directly commissioned into the U.S. Space Force.

The College currently has 837 undergraduate students and 617 graduate students; however, we instruct, serve, and support almost every Georgia Tech student. Students can choose from 17 undergraduate degrees, including seven five-year bachelor/master’s programs; 12 master’s programs; two online master’s programs; six doctoral programs; 30 minors; and 26 undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. 

 We have more than 4,500 living alumni worldwide, with largest densities in the following locations: GA, CA, VA, DC, NY TX, FL, and NC. Alumni of Ivan Allen College programs can be found in a wide variety of organizations and sectors, including: Georgia Tech and other academic institutions; consulting firms (e.g., Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte Consulting, Accenture); Fortune 500 and industry-leading companies (e.g., Google, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, IBM, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, Mailchimp, Cartoon Network); government agencies (e.g., mayor’s office, governor’s office, Georgia Department of Economic Development, U.S. Department of State, NASA, other state and federal agencies); and non-profit institutions (e.g., Atlanta Regional Commission, Boys and Girls Club, Teach for America).  


Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with the design and/or implementation of comprehensive fundraising plans for assigned college, school, program, region, or constituency;
  • Participate in the preparation of written development materials including case statements, proposals, donor impact reports, and fundraising initiative/campaign related literature for assigned college, school, and/or program(s);
  • Use professional relationship building skills to assist the team in developing and implementing plans and strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding annual and major gift donors and prospective donors;
  • Manage assigned unit's or program's annual corporate affiliates program or other annual giving initiative with parents, faculty/staff, Alexander-Tharpe Fund (A-T) members, and in some specific instances other alumni, in close collaboration with other development officers and unit leadership. Close annual and/or major gifts and commitments, both personally and in coordination with supervisor, with a typical annual gift up to $25,000 and a typical donor giving capacity range of $25,000 to $99,000;
  • Support and/or staff advisory board meetings to involve and cultivate annual and major gift donors and prospective donors, including writing minutes for advisory board meetings, and maintaining on-boarding materials for new advisory board members;
  • Provide support for events to cultivate and steward donors and prospective donors, including career fairs, homecoming events, football suite entertaining, award receptions, small donors' events, etc.;
  • May serve as an advisor to young alumni and/or student organizations;
  • Establish and maintain a high degree of collaboration with other development officers and staff, as well as dean(s), school chair(s), faculty, and other Institute academic and executive officers;
  • Submit timely contact reports, prospect plans, and solicitations into tracking system;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Degrees required for this job: Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Degrees preferred:
  • Years of experience required for this job: Two to three years of related experience.
  • Years preferred: Two or more years of proven development experience and results in soliciting and closing annual gifts and/or major gifts, and/or experience in a Development Services role in a higher education setting and a campaign environment.

This job requires use of office related computer applications is required. Travel may be required. Participation in evening and weekend activities is an essential part of this position. Strong interpersonal skills, ethical standards, and good judgement. Excellent skills in building long-term relationships, and persuasive written and verbal communication skills. Requires skills in prioritizing, negotiating, strategic planning, project management, program administration and organization.


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