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Associate Director, Development

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

Job ID: 273471

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.

Job Summary

Responsible for identifying, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospective donors for major gifts up to $50,000). Regularly interacts with major gift donors and prospective donors, including alumni, friends, parents, and representatives of corporations and foundations. Internally the position will interact with the academic units and program leadership, other development officers and departments, and unit-based volunteer leadership. Works primarily with the assigned department's graduates living within the Greater Atlanta area. In addition, plays a critical support role to the assigned Senior Director, Development and the department to identify new and initial major gift donors to support the department.


1. Under the direction of the assigned Senior Director, Development, assists in shaping and implementing the department┬┐s development plan to maximize private gift support in alignment with the department's top priorities
2. Makes direct solicitation calls to potential donors
3. Composes follow-up call reports
4. Performs in-person solicitation and travels to donors
5. Provides support for the Advisory Board and other discipline-based advisory boards to enhance board member engagement and to help maximize the fundraising potential
6. Researches prospects and categorizes their likely participation in volunteer or fundraising positions
7. Collaborates with colleagues in Alumni Affairs and University Annual giving in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects and donors
8. Submits contact reports and prospective solicitations into the tracking system by following department protocols
9. Works with the Office of Donor Relations to assist in stewardship activities, including ongoing stewardship of endowed scholarship donors
10. Collaborates with faculty and/or leadership to leverage fundraising opportunities surrounding research and program support
11. Supports the ongoing development efforts of the department, including assistance for support for corporate engagement in the unit

Required Qualifications

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

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

Required Experience
Three (3) years of experience fundraising in a metrics-driven environment

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience
Previous experience in higher education fundraising
Previous experience fundraising in a metrics driven environment

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

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, standards and approaches
Knowledgeable of a donor database, contact management and tracking systems

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite)
Highest levels of interpersonal and relationship building skills
Use of office-related computer applications and systems
Entrepreneurial spirit with demonstrated collaborative skills
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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