Director of Development

  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Lawrenceville, GA, USA
  • May 20, 2024
Full time Deans & Directors Development/Advancement/Fundraising

Job Description


Director of Development

About Us

Since our founding in 2005, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has been dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience to our students. At GGC, we believe that our students' success is our success, and we are committed to creating a culture that supports and uplifts them throughout their academic journey.

As a member of our faculty or staff, you will become part of a dedicated and passionate community of educators and professionals. Together, we work towards a common goal of empowering our students to achieve their full potential, both academically and personally. We take pride in our diverse student body, which represents a multitude of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. Whether you are involved in teaching or providing essential services, your contribution will make a significant impact on the lives of our students and the broader community.

In addition to our commitment to student success, we also value the well-being and professional growth of our employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, designed to support the diverse needs of our faculty and staff. From competitive compensation to health and wellness programs, professional development opportunities to work-life balance initiatives, we strive to create an environment where everyone can thrive and feel valued.

Located in the thriving community of Gwinnett County, GGC offers a rich cultural and social landscape that enhances the overall college experience. Our backdrop is a beautiful, modern 260-acre campus located just 30 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. Our students and employees benefit from the close proximity to various local amenities, including shopping, dining, entertainment, and outdoor recreational opportunities. This vibrant community serves as an extension of our campus, providing a diverse and stimulating environment for personal and professional growth.

Join GGC and become part of a dynamic team that plays a pivotal role in shaping the lives and celebrating the achievements of our students. Together, let's make a positive impact and empower the next generation of leaders.

All members of the USG community must adhere to the USG Statement of Core Values, which consists of Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values shape and fundamentally support our university's work. Additionally, all faculty, staff, and administrators must also be aware of and comply with the Board of Regents and Georgia Institute of Technology's policies on Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom. More information on these policies can be found here: Board of Regents Policy Manual | University System of Georgia (

Job Summary

The Director of Development will be responsible for cultivating relationships with donors and coordinating specialized and ongoing programs to raise funds, from individuals, corporations and foundations. Reporting to the Executive Director of Individual Engagement, the Director of Development will be responsible for strategic and identification, and management of a portfolio of 150+ 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; 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.
Makes personal visits to prospects to cultivate their interest in GGC and solicit financial support; steward existing relationships, as assigned, and prepare reports for these donors reflecting the uses of their gifts.
Create effective and impactful proposals for grants, individual gifts, and corporate sponsorships and other communications to prospects based on GGC priorities and prospect interest.
Oversee the coordination of area-related advisory councils, societies or Boards of Visitors, 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.

Required Qualifications

4 Year / Bachelor's Degree
3-5 years of successful experience in fundraising, sales or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications

4 Year / Bachelor's Degree
Experience in major gift fundraising in higher education and working successfully with alumni, faculty, administration, and a variety of other constituents associated with a college.
5-7 years of successful experience in fundraising, including success in grant writing and/or corporate relations.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

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.
Ability to work independently, setting timelines to meet deadlines.
Ability to demonstrate a proven track record of fundraising success with a record of achieving and exceeding goals, with specific focus on the priority initiatives of Georgia Gwinnett College.
Self-starter who requires little supervision to succeed. Strong situational awareness and astute judgment.
Strong organization and leadership capabilities
Ability to plan, organize and direct multiple programs and activities concurrently
Exemplary interpersonal skills and community relations skills are essential, as is the ability to motivate and impact volunteer leaders and major gift donors.
Ability to 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.
Strong presentation and public speaking skills in addition to exceptional oral and written communication skills.
Ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a community.
Ability to develop and implement comprehensive goals, strategies, and plans
General knowledge of budget preparation and financial/business analysis techniques

Conditions of Employment

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. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). Eligibility of employment is determined by GGC in its sole discretion, and includes but is not limited to confirmation of credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are subject to the applicable federal laws, state laws, statutes, rules and regulations of this institution, and to the bylaws and policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Gwinnett College is an equal employment, equal access, equal educational opportunity, and affirmative action institution. GGC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), veteran status or military status, genetic information, or disability in employment or admission or access to its programs and activities, as required by Title IX. Inquiries including anyone who feels they have been discriminated against should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX compliance and direct concerns to the GGC Title IX Coordinator, Building B, Suite 3700, or (678) 407-5085.

For individuals requiring disability-related accommodations for participation in any event including the application, interview process, or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact HR Payroll and Benefits at (678) 407.5054 or email

Other Information

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. Georgia is an open records state.

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