Director of Development for the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Job description


The Director of Development for the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) is the chief development officer for the School with primary responsibility for the design and implementation of a comprehensive program for private sector fundraising.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains and extends a development plan to maximize private gift support in alignment with the School Chair’s funding priorities.
  • Identifies, evaluates, cultivates, and solicits current and prospective major gift donors from all constituencies for gifts ranging from $25,000 to millions of dollars in close collaboration with the School Chair, volunteers, and the Office of Development team under established prospect coordinator protocols.  It is anticipated that as much as 50% of the Director’s time will be absorbed by out-of-office face-to-face visits.  Specific goals will be established annually with the supervisor, directing both the number and nature of contacts, and the dollar expectation of new gifts and commitments.
  • Invests considerable time focused on growing the School’s permanent endowment, requiring the majority of the Director’s time to be spent engaging alumni and other individuals, the primary source of permanent endowment funding. 
  • Collaborates with appropriate Unit and Central Development staff on strategy for soliciting the School’s prospects assigned to other development officers, including Regional, Corporate Development, Gift Planning, and other development colleagues. 
  • Works with the School Chair to help populate the School Advisory Board and engage members who will add meaningful value by making personal major gifts and/or arranging corporate support, while providing quality advice and counsel to the Chair.
  • Prepares written development materials including case statements and proposals on behalf of the School in keeping with Central Development guidelines.  
  • Files contact and impact reports in a timely manner.  Initiates and updates prospect solicitation through Institute-wide solicitation tracking system.
  • Ensures appropriate donor and volunteer recognition and stewardship in keeping with Central Development guidelines. 
  • Participates in regular meetings with other members of the Georgia Tech development staff, as directed.
  • Works in collaboration with other Engineering Development officers, the Office of the Dean, and other Institute Development officers to promote the fundraising activities of the Institute, the College of Engineering, and the School. 
  • Manages the School Chair’s development activities to maximize effectiveness.


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with four to six years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated fundraising skills, preferably in a research university environment, ideally with campaign experience.
  • Experience in individual and corporate solicitation preferred, with a focus on programs in engineering or the sciences or a focus on independent academic unit assignment. 
  • Knowledge of planned giving vehicles and ability to identify and pursue potential planned giving donors and opportunities preferred.
  • Demonstrated management and administrative skills, with solid judgment and sensitivity to others.  An ability to interact well with staff, faculty, and students. 
  • Outstanding organizational abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, along with excellent written and oral communications skills. 
  • A demonstrated ability to choreograph, as well as make “the ask” and close gift commitments.
  • A proactive style, self-motivated, requiring little supervision, and skilled at motivating others. 
  • Ability to travel on a limited basis.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of the Georgia Tech development team. 
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and to work well under pressure.

    Reports To  
  • Executive Director of Development for the College of Engineering in support of the Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 





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Job No: 0176648
Posted: 3/22/2018
Application Due: 4/30/2018
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