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Associate Vice President, Development

Kennesaw State University
Job Location:
Kennesaw, 30144
Development and Fundraising

Job ID: 273012

About Us

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, career opportunities, mission and values and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are part of the University System of Georgia.  Kennesaw State will exemplify the power and promise of a student-centered, research-driven university. Our institutional values are student-inspired, promise-fulfilling, true to ourselves, elevational, open and impact-generating. In addition, we support the University System of Georgia core values of accountability, excellence, integrity and respect.  We are searching for talented people to join Kennesaw State University. Come to KSU and find your passion.   


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Job Summary

Responsible for overseeing and managing fundraising initiatives to support the university's mission and goals. Responsible for department strategic planning, donor cultivation, and collaboration with various stakeholders to ensure successful fundraising campaigns.


1. Provides leadership and guidance to the development team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability
2. Sets performance goals and metrics for the team, regularly evaluating progress and adjusting as necessary
3. Develops and implements comprehensive fundraising strategies in alignment with university goals
4. Collaborates with senior leadership to identify funding priorities and opportunities for donor engagement
5. Builds and maintains strong relationships with individual donors, corporations, foundations, and other key stakeholders
6. Develops and executes comprehensive fundraising plans
7. Oversees the development budget, ensuring efficient use of resources and alignment with fundraising goals
8. Monitors and reports on financial performance related to development activities
9. Ensures compliance with relevant fundraising regulations and ethical standards
10. Prepares and presents regular reports on fundraising activities to senior leadership and board members
11. Leads development operations including process improvement and executive administration functions
12. Represents the Vice President for Advancement & CEO of the KSU Foundation at various meetings, functions and events.

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Other Required Qualifications
Current, valid and unrestricted driver's license

Required Experience
Eight (8) years of relevant experience in development, fundraising, or a related field, including experience in progressively responsible leaderships roles within development or related area.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Educational Qualifications
Advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a related field

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Able to network and foster relationships with individuals across campus.
High-energy and capacity to convey commitment and passion for Kennesaw State University
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Proven experience in fundraising and development, with a track record of successful donor engagement and gift solicitation

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Strategic thinking Strong leadership and team management skills.
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

USG Core Values

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at

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