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Development Officer

Gordon State College
Barnesville, Georgia
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This position is responsible for directing the college’s fundraising and philanthropic efforts.


Salary is: $55,093.92





  • Forms and leverages relationships with key funding sources such as corporate and foundation donors. Develops an effective program for the involvement of major gift donors that includes recognition and stewardship. Works closely with the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the President, department heads and faculty in order to provide counsel and coordination for the college’s development efforts. Works in conjunction with the Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund Administrator in managing alumni donors and in the execution of the annual giving effort. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors for the college with a focus on major gifts. Organizes on- and off-campus donor cultivation and recognition events. Completes a variety of projects and reports as assigned; products communication tools, proposals and reports. Plans and implements fundraising and development programs. Manages a database of donors and prospective donors; designs successful cultivation and solicitation strategies for those donors. Performs related duties as assigned.





  • Knowledge of development and fundraising program management principles. Knowledge of best practices in the development and implementation of capital campaigns. Knowledge of marketing principles and methods. Knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the solicitation and securing of major gifts. Skill in collaborating with multiple constituents. Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs. Skill in decision making and problem solving. Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public. Skill in oral and written communication.







The Vice President of Institutional Advancement assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.






Guidelines include college policies and procedures, University System of Georgia policies and procedures, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principles and Standards and Donor Bill of Rights, and the Board of Regents naming policy. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application.






  • The work consists of varied duties in the management and direction of fundraising campaigns and philanthropic efforts. The variety of tasks to be managed contributes to the complexity of the position. The purpose of this position is to manage and direct college fundraising efforts. Success in this position contributes to the successful raising of private funds in support of college operations.






  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other college personnel, faculty, staff, students, elected and appointed officials, representatives of other colleges and universities, alumni, business and community leaders, representatives of the Board of Regents, bankers, attorneys, accountants, members of the news media, and members of the general public. Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, to resolve problems, to motivate or influence persons, or to justify, defend or settle matters.





  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing or stooping. The work is typically performed in an office.












  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field. Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for two years.

Gordon State College is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Gordon State College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy please contact the Gordon State College Office of Human Resources at 678-359-5011. Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 678-359-5011.


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