Job Location: Atlanta, Georgia, with some travel required
The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is one of the world’s premier technology-oriented universities, boasting a superb faculty of world-class teacher/scholars. The Institute is well known for its high academic standards and stands among the top ranks of U.S. research universities with a clear vision for leadership in providing a technologically-oriented education. With the primary campus located in midtown Atlanta, the Institute is integral to the economy of the state and the region, and the work of its faculty and graduates has an impact across the nation and the world. Georgia Tech has a global vision and operates in a variety of countries outside the United States.
Georgia Tech is one of twenty-six public institutions comprising the University System of Georgia. The Institute is committed to affirmative implementation of equal opportunity in education and employment. The Institute does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status in the administration of admissions policies, educational policies, employment policies, or any other Institute governed programs and activities. The Institute’s non-discrimination policy applies to every member of the Institute community. Qualified people of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All applicants must apply online at https://hr.gatech.edu/employment/careers.
Office of Development
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 $100 million annually and nearly $200 million in new gifts and commitments during Fiscal Year 2019. 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.
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering (ME):
Georgia Tech, founded in 1888, offered its inaugural degree program in Mechanical Engineering. The School of Mechanical Engineering was named in 1985 for distinguished Atlanta business and civic leader George W. Woodruff, Class of 1917. Today the School has 100 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including five National Academy of Engineering (NAE) members, 1,959 undergraduate students, and 881 graduate (MS and PhD) students, who participate in mechanical engineering, nuclear and radiological engineering, medical physics, paper science and engineering, and bioengineering programs. The School’s undergraduate and graduate ME programs are consistently ranked among the Top 5 in the nation. Known for emphasizing innovation, experiential learning, prototyping, entrepreneurship, and commercialization at the undergraduate level, the School consistently attracts among the nation’s largest number of ME students. Each year the faculty and students of the Woodruff School deploy approximately $40 million in government and industry-sponsored research funding in areas such as Mechanics, Robotics and Automation, Thermal Sciences, Energy Systems, Bioengineering, Fluid Mechanics, Design, Acoustics, and Manufacturing.
Experienced and successful fundraiser responsible for planning and implementing a coordinated program of fundraising activities. Uses advanced relationship building skills to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major and principal gift individual, corporate and foundation prospects. Establishes and effectively manages relationships, with critical, high profile prospects. Designs and implements strategic fundraising plans. Manages special events to involve and cultivate prospects. Collaborates with deans and faculty, and coordinates with other development and alumni relations staff. Identifies stewardship opportunities for major donors. May service complex fundraising market or regions. Typically solicits gifts in the range of $100,000 to $5 million, and manages a portfolio size (average annual fundraising accountability) of $2.5 million to $3.5 million. Prospect pool managed is up to 150 prospects.
Impact & Influence
This position will interact on a regular basis with: This position will interact on a regular basis with: major and principal donors, and prospective donors. This position typically will advise and counsel: Deans, school chairs, faculty, academic unit and program leadership, unit volunteer leadership, and other development officers. This position will supervise: NA.
Design and implement comprehensive fundraising plans for assigned college, school, program, region, or constituency.
Use advanced professional relationship building skills to develop and implement plans and strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and principal gift donors and prospective donors.
Close major gifts and commitments, personally and consistently, with a typical gift solicitation range of $100,000 to $5 million. Maintain ongoing relationships and provide exceptional donor stewardship to encourage future giving.
Establish and maintain a high degree of collaboration with other development officers and staff, as well deans, school chairs, faculty, and other Institute academic and executive officers.
Submit timely contact reports, prospect plans, and solicitations into tracking system.
Prepare written development materials including case statements, proposals, and fundraising initiative/ campaign related literature for assigned college, school, and/ or program(s).
Manage special events and/ or advisory board meetings to involve and cultivate prospects.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education, Specialized Knowledge and Experience
Degrees required for this job : Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
Years of experience required for this job : Seven to nine years of previous fundraising experience, including five years or more of proven experience and results in soliciting and closing five, six and seven-figure major gifts
Years preferred : Minimum eight years of proven experience and results in soliciting and closing five, six and seven-figure major gifts in a higher education setting and a campaign environment
Specialized skills required for this job : This position requires broad knowledge of fundraising approaches and the highest levels of interpersonal stills, ethical standards, and good judgement. This position requires excellent skills in building long-term relationships, and persuasive written and verbal communications skills. It also requires skills in prioritizing, negotiating, influencing, strategic planning, project management, program administration and organization, as well as self-motivation, ability to work independently and as a team member, and capacity for multi-tasking. Use of office related computer applications is required.
Travel is an essential part of the position as is participation in evening and weekend activities.
Report to: Executive Director of Development (Unit)
Internal Number: Job #0180480
About Georgia Institute for Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.
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