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Executive Director, Advancement Services

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

Job ID: 273709

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 the day-to-day management of research, gift processing, pledge management, matching gifts, and biographical and demographic record areas of Advancement Services, including prospect and event data. Develops and recommends policies and procedures that ensure accurate and efficient data management and research to enable the division to make data-based decisions related to its fundraising and engagement efforts.


1. Responsible for the supervision and performance management of assigned staff

2. Responsible for the acceptance, processing and receipting of gifts to Raiser's Edge NXT or similar database

3. Leads university wide Gift Acceptance Committee

4. Collects and maintains quality biographical data for constituents

5. Manages Raiser's Edge or similar database security, configuration, fields, processes and documentation

6. Manages event data and registration processes

7. Oversees complex data queries and creates and tests data exports for gift accounting, management reports, and a wide variety of biographical data

8. Uses third-party tools to integrate data sets from multiple software vendors to incorporate a variety of student, parent, organizational, prospect, and volunteer information into Raiser's Edge NXT or similar data sets and processes

9. Leads and manages prospect management initiatives

10. Provides research and recommendations for donor strategies including but not limited to prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship

11. Provides appropriate information for clients across the division and university for communication, marketing, engagement, solicitation and stewardship purposes

12. Oversees creation and maintenance of management reporting dashboards for the division

13. Maintains guidelines and procedures for advancement, development, alumni, annual giving and donor relations

Required Qualifications

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

Required Experience
Seven (7) years of experience of related advancement experience, preferably in non-profit or academic institutions to include previous supervisory or management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Advanced knowledge of IRS Rules and Regulations related to Charitable gifts of all types
Advanced knowledge of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)
Management Standards for Higher Education
Advanced knowledge of Raiser's Edge NXT or similar CRM platforms

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

Preferred Experience
Experience with data management and integration software for import, export, and list management standards and best practices
Experience in staff management and training
Advanced experience with business intelligence software such as Power BI and creating management dashboards

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Must be able to perform well in a fast-paced work environment and able to manage multiple projects and programs simultaneously
Able to craft and implement policies and procedures, which leverage systems and tools, maximize resources and ensure compliance
Commitment to teamwork
Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of constituents using tact, patience, and courtesy
Demonstrated ability to take initiative, create a positive influence and work independently and as part of a team
Demonstrated ability to plan and execute data cleanup and acquisition initiatives
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

In-depth knowledge of complex database software, operation of Microsoft platforms and google applications, and the ability to generate both standard and ad-hoc queries and reports
Demonstrated knowledge of IRS regulations around gift recording and receipting, gift accounting and CASE guidelines
Demonstrated cultural competence and experience working with diverse populations
Prior experience with Charitable Gilt principals and processing

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)
Desire to provide service to the greater team and help other units with their projects
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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