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Development Associate - Fundraising

Georgia Institute of Technology
Job Location:
Atlanta, Georgia
Development and Fundraising


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 $150 million annually and over $200 million in new gifts and commitments during Fiscal Year 2022. 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.


In 1908, Georgia Tech taught its first course in Architecture. Later in that year, a curriculum was created and organized. The first degree from the Department of Architecture was granted in 1911. After World War II, the School of Architecture was created. In the next decades, three additional programs—Industrial Design in 1940, City Planning in 1952, and Building Construction in 1958. In 1975, the College of Architecture was formed to include all four programs, and a doctoral program in Architecture was established in 1982. The Department of Music became the fifth academic discipline in the College of Architecture in 1991. By 2010, all five of the disciplines were growing and all of the programs were reorganized into five schools. With this sustained growth, and in an effort to reflect the commonality of the five disciplines, the College took a bold step and was renamed the College of Design.

Today, 111 years later, the College of Design provides a studio-based curriculum that focuses on design at the intersection of innovation and technology to prepare students for the complexities and challenges of the 21st century. We use “design thinking” to develop new technologies, anticipate the future of cities and buildings, and expand technologies to solve global issues. We emphasize human-centered design in all disciplines from digital products to smart buildings and from urban cities to robotic musicians. Our design research encompasses today’s most pressing human and built environment issues, including accessibility, sustainability, smart cities, as well as health, robotics, and music technology.

With a faculty of 100+ including professors of the practice, our students are well-prepared to become thought-leaders of the future addressing practical and technical as well as social and sustainable challenges in our 21st century urban and suburban centers. Our students have the advantage of being educated by scholars-teachers and professors of practice who bring both academic and practical expertise to the classroom. 

Job Summary

Entry-level front-line fundraising position 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 and communication skills to help the team identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospective donors. Collaborates with dean(s) and school chair(s), 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 fundraising results while building long-term, meaningful donor relationships.This position will interact on a regular basis with Alumni, Parents, Corporate and Foundation

representatives, staff, and Volunteers.This position typically will advise and counsel: potential donors or donor representatives; Office of Development Officers and Staff; Deans, School Chairs and Faculty.


  •  Assist with the design and/or implementation of comprehensive fundraising plans for assigned college, school, program, region, or constituency
  • Use professional relationship building skills to assist the team in developing and implementing plans and strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding annual and major gift donors and prospective donors
  • Manage assigned unit's or program's annual corporate affiliates program or other annual giving initiative with parents, faculty/staff, Alexander-Tharpe Fund (A-T) members, and in some specific instances, other alumni, in close collaboration with other development officers and unit leadership. Close annual and/or major gifts and commitments, both personally and in coordination with the supervisor, with a typical annual gift up to $25,000 and a typical donor giving capacity range of $25,000 to $99,000.
  • Support and/or staff advisory board meetings to involve and cultivate annual and major gift donors and prospective donors, including writing minutes for advisory board meetings, and maintaining onboarding materials for new advisory board members
  • Provide support for events to cultivate and steward donors and prospective donors, including career fairs, homecoming events, football suite entertaining, award receptions, small donors' events, etc.
  • May serve as an advisor to young alumni and/or student organizations
  • Establish and maintain a high degree of collaboration with other development officers and staff, as well as dean(s), school chair(s), faculty, and other Institute academic and executive officers
  • Submit timely contact reports, prospect plans, and solicitations into the tracking system
  • Participate in the preparation of written development materials including case statements, proposals, donor impact reports, and fundraising initiative/campaign-related literature for assigned college, school, and/or program(s)
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Two to three years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications

Two or more 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, & Abilities

This job requires the use of office-related computer applications is required. Travel may be required. Participation in evening and weekend activities is an essential part of this position. Strong interpersonal skills, ethical standards, and good judgment. 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.

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