Job Location: Unit Development, Atlanta
Office of Development
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.
College of Sciences
The College of Sciences consists of the Schools of Biological
Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Atmospheric
Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology, and it is central
to Georgia Tech's future. The College offers undergraduate and
graduate degrees in these disciplines and collaborates with other
Georgia Tech colleges on graduate degrees in Bioinformatics,
Quantitative and Computational Finance, and Human and Computer
Interaction, collaborating closely with the College of Engineering
and College of Computing, both among the nation's Top 10 ranked
programs, as well as the Scheller College of Business, ranked among
the nation's Top 10 public business schools. With 220 tenured or
tenure-track faculty members, 57 teaching faculty, 187 research
faculty, and 127 support staff, the College serves all of Georgia
Tech's undergraduate students, while also maintaining enrollment of
students seeking degrees in its sciences disciplines, including
1,890 undergraduates and 834 graduate students at both the master's
and Ph.D. levels. Faculty and graduate students are executing on
$70 million in research initiatives this year. Having long
recognized that interdisciplinary research is a key component of
the continual growth of the College, sciences faculty and students
are leading and engaging in a number of interdisciplinary
activities with computing, engineering, liberal arts, business,
design, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Front-line development officer responsible for assisting with
the planning and implementation of a coordinated program of
fundraising activities, leveraging the counsel and support of a
seasoned development director serving as team leader and
supervisor. Uses professional relationship building skills to
identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donors and
prospective donors capable of making gifts of $25,000 or more.
Support special events to involve and cultivate major gift donors
and prospects. Identifies stewardship opportunities for major gift
donors. Collaborates with deans, school chairs, and faculty, and
coordinates with other development and alumni relations staff. This
role provides an opportunity to broaden knowledge of fundraising
approaches. This position is expected to contribute to team results
while building long term, meaningful donor relationships. Typically
solicits gifts in the range of $25,000 to $250,000 and is
accountable for raising up to $750,000 per year. Manages a prospect
pool of up to 200 prospects.
Will interact on a regular basis with: Alumni, Parents,
Corporate and Foundation Representatives, Staff, and
Typically, will advise and counsel: Unit Leadership,
Deans, Development Officers, and Faculty.
Will supervise: N/A
- Assist with the design and/or implementation of comprehensive
fundraising plans for assigned college, school, program, region, or
- Use professional relationship building skills to develop
and implement plans and strategies for identifying, cultivating,
soliciting, and stewarding major gift donors and prospective
donors. Close major gifts and commitments, both personally and in
coordination with supervisor, with a typical gift range of $25,000
to $250,000, and an average annual fundraising accountability up to
- Establish and maintain a high degree of collaboration
with other development officers and staff, as well as deans, school
chairs, faculty, and other Institute academic and executive
- Submit timely contact reports, prospect plans, and
solicitations into tracking system.
- Participate in the preparation of written development
materials including case statements, proposals, impact reports, and
fundraising initiative/campaign related literature for assigned
college, school, and/or program(s).
- Support special events and/or staff advisory board
meetings to involve and cultivate major gift donors and prospective
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
Two to four years of job-related experience in
fundraising, and/or relevant experience in sales, marketing, or
other related fields.
Fundraising skills gained within a research university
environment are preferred
Two plus 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.
Knowledge, Skills, and
- Use of office related computer applications is required. Travel
is an essential part of the position as is participation in evening
and weekend activities. Focus primarily on securing major gifts and
grants from alumni, other individuals, corporations, and
- Knowledge of fundraising approaches and the 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.