Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Founded in 2005, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is one of 28 institutions within the University System of Georgia. GGC is a premier 21st century liberal arts institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Serving nearly 13,000 students, GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture, and extremely affordable tuition are changing the game in higher education and changing the future for students at all levels, of all ages, and from all walks of life. Gwinnett County (pop. 920,000+) is home to a variety of businesses, including organizations involved in health care, education and information technology.
Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Development - 7010620
Cover Letter, Resume
In collaboration with Advancement leadership, the Executive Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations will plan and direct a comprehensive suite of activities to advance the educational mission of Georgia Gwinnett College by leading the fundraising efforts in corporate and foundation support for all programs at Georgia Gwinnett College. The Executive Director will design and implement strategies for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of corporate organizations, associations, and private, community, and corporate foundation prospects. The Executive Director will partner with faculty, staff, and senior administrators to understand, interpret, and promote GGC programs and initiatives. This position will make personal visits to corporate and foundation prospects, as well as coordinate visits by other GGC representatives to corporate and foundation prospects. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, fundraising for significant private gifts to college priorities. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Development.
- Understands, upholds, and promotes the ethical standards and core values of GGC, demonstrating a high level of integrity and trustworthiness, mature judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information
- Develops and maintains close working relationships with the campus community
- Reviews correspondence and drafts responses from on and off-campus partners
- Collaborates with Deans, the Provost, the Vice President for Advancement, advancement colleagues, and other College personnel to create and implement successful corporate and foundation relationship development and fundraising strategies incorporating alumni and key volunteers as appropriate.
- Pursues new funding opportunities and other partnerships for the College
- Identifies corporate prospects among GGC suppliers, recruiters, alumni, friends, and parents
- Identifies foundation prospects by researching foundation reports, working with faculty to identify programs, and by making personal calls on foundations. Meets regularly with corporate and foundation officers to cultivate interest and financial support
- Coordinates activities and proposals with the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
- Provides leadership in ongoing operational planning activities related to the corporate and foundation relations program and participates in division and college-wide strategic planning activities, including program development. Establishes and implements short-term and long-term departmental goals and objectives; evaluates program effectiveness and implements changes required for continuous improvement
- With the Advancement leadership team, develops and implements comprehensive fundraising goals, objectives and plans, including coordinating an effective evaluation, management and reporting system for the corporate and foundation relations program
- Researches, writes, submits and/or facilitates submission of effective proposals and other communications to corporate and foundation prospects based on GGC priorities and prospect interest
- Stewards existing relationships and prepares reports for donors reflecting the impact of their gifts
- Manages the cycle and completion of grants and other special projects as directed by the vice president for advancement and the president. Organizes appropriate and timely briefings, debriefings, and follow up.
- Represents GGC in various institutional divisions as well as the general public and regional community
- Represents the department at business and community meetings and College functions
- Develops and manages budgets for fundraising activities
- May supervise the following leadership roles, including but not limited to: the Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations and the Assistant Director of Foundation Relations
- Participates in short-range and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement fundraising goals
- Performs other duties, as assigned
Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:
- Bachelor's Degree Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, or related discipline
- 8-10 years of demonstrated successful experience in the design, implementation and execution of successful fundraising programs, including proposal and grant writing, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Managerial experience required
- Valid driver license with good driving record; must be insurable
- Proficiency in Word, Excel, the Internet and other relevant software, such as Raiser's Edge
- Master's degree
- Experience in a higher education environment
- Experience working directly with the most senior levels of an institution
Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the College unless an applicant is selected for an interview. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and proof of eligibility will be contemporaneously required upon acceptance of an employment offer. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and credit check if applicable to the position, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.
Position requires fiduciary responsibility, therefore successful completion of a credit report is a condition of employment. This position raises funds for both Georgia Gwinnett College and secondarily for the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation. Position may require local or national travel. Ability to lift and carry files and materials. Ability to move from one office to another office on campus. Adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to interact with people in person, on the phone and in writing. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.
Position may require non-standard work hours (nights and weekends).