Senior Director of Parent Giving

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Senior Director of Parent Giving


DAR - Parent Giving

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

Division of Development and Alumni Relations
The Division of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia advances the goals, objectives, and priorities of the university by generating private financial support, building, and maintaining relationships with alumni and donors, and assisting students with career development opportunities.

Office of Parent Giving
Students aren’t the only Bulldogs. Many parents want their own relationship with the University of Georgia, and we are committed to building a philanthropic community of parents. Parents who are dedicated to creating a premier learning experience for UGA students. We know parents want to make a difference. The Parents Leadership Council is the largest venture fund supporter, has awarded grants to student programs all over campus, and has many families who have created their own endowments. We invest in these families’ UGA experience. We know their son’s major. We know their daughter’s sorority. We are personable, supportive and welcoming. And we remain focused on building a better world by finding financial support for those who will change it, our students.

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

8:00am-5:00pm; Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends as necessary

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Commensurate with qualifications and experience

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Director. Subdivision/Unit AD





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Advanced degree preferred or bachelor’s degree and 10 years of related higher education experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience related to sales, marketing, development, business administration, higher education, project management, or relationship management
•Professional certification and demonstrated leadership in fundraising and human resource management to increase team productivity and elevate team skills
•Management experience in large fundraising organization
•Experience managing large volunteer fundraising boards
•Comprehensive fundraising campaign experience
•Major and principal gift fundraising experience in higher education

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Development, the Senior Director of Parent Giving is a leadership position focusing on managing the pipeline of major gifts from parent donors. The Senior Director provides leadership, direction, and management for major gift officers. The Senior Director is responsible for developing specific metrics and performance plans that will hold each major gift officer accountable for overall program and fundraising goals. In addition, the Senior Director carries a limited major gift portfolio of parents as directed by the Senior Executive Director of Development. The position also works collaboratively with UGA Foundation trustees and other key volunteers as needed on university-wide fundraising priorities and manages a board of parent donors and volunteers, the Parents Leadership Council.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

•Strong people management skills and time management skills
•Ability to cultivate and solicit private gifts from high-level prospects
•Knowledge of private funding landscape in higher education
•Knowledge of IRS rules and regulations regarding charitable gifts and non-profit organizations
•Self-starter and highly motivated
•Collaborative style combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment
•Excellent writing skills with extreme attention to detail and confident, strong verbal communication
•Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible
•Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations
•Ability to establish the trust of colleagues and build strong relationships with key faculty/staff
•Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
•Analytical, with adherence to self-guided goals and deadlines
•Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities
•Ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to university business and confidential donor and prospect information
•Skilled using Microsoft Office products such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
•Creative thinker with ability to receive constructive feedback on ideas
•Ability to respond to donors needs and concerns in a kind and professional way

Additional Division Expectations:
•Through open, honest, and respectful communication, all staff, supervisors, and colleagues of the Division of Development & Alumni Relations are expected to interact with fairness, compassion, and decency. All employees will be held accountable for meeting the expectation of promoting a stable, productive, and healthy work environment.
•Adherence to CASE standards and commonly accepted industry standards relating to fundraising reporting are expected of all fundraisers. All fundraisers will be held accountable for meeting this expectation.

Physical Demands:

•Work in a standard office environment
•Travel in and out of state
•Work nights and weekends necessary
•Work using electronic mail, telephone, face-to-face discussions, paper form correspondence
•Communicate effectively in writing, speaking, and listening
•Organize and establish priorities; Remember detail; Multi-task
•Lift and/or move up to 20 pounds
•Walk, stand, stoop, lift, kneel, climb, driving

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Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Oversee all aspects of parent giving and direct individual and personalized communications.

Provide strategic leadership and direction to all development officers related to Parents/Families major gifts. Foster collaboration with development officers across the division and campus.

Develop strategies and programs necessary to ensure continued success by providing advice, analysis, and recommendations to decision-makers on prioritization, planning and policy issues.

Develop short- and long-range strategic plans for fundraising efforts; develop regular means for assessing plans and goals for each area of responsibility.

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Manage a portfolio of prospects with a targeted minimum number of visits, solicitations and dollars raised from prospects.

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Manage a team focused on the mission above.
•Help recruit, develop, and retain high-performance development staff.
•Establish, delegate, communicate, monitor, and reinforce staff assignments, accountabilities, performance expectations and goals.
•Provide formal performance appraisals to staff to inspire accountability, success, continuous improvement, and professional growth.

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Determine fiscal and personnel requirements of office and prepare budgetary recommendations. Manage the daily administration of the office.

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Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 5/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time