Development Officer – Mike Cottrell College of Business

Dahlonega, Georgia
Jun 24, 2019
Jul 24, 2019
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Full Time
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General Summary: The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for a Development Officer on the Dahlonega campus. The Development Officer for the Mike Cottrell College of Business is responsible to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospective donors (individuals, corporations, foundations) for charitable financial support for the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia. Focus will be on private gifts (major, capital and planned), grants and sponsorships.  Reporting directly to the VP of University Advancement, and in cooperation with the Dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business, he/she will work as part of the Institutional Advancement team to promote the goals of the university, and in partnership with the Mike Cottrell College of Business to support programs and projects to maximize private financial support.  Work with the University Advancement team to support alumni events, record and manage information and manage assignments in pursuit of identified goals. This work will be primarily conducted away from the office; extensive travel is required.  Timely submission of reports is a critical component of this job, and will be evaluated on a periodic basis, as will quality of work and program outcomes.  The development officer is required to maintain a current driver’s license and be able to drive themselves in the course of their travels.  The development officer is also required to maintain an active smartphone/PDA with an appropriate service account, and to make that phone number publicly available.

Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.


Job Duties & Responsibilities: The Development Officer will:

  • Work in close cooperation with the dean and the university’s director of development, the development officer will maintain active, ongoing relationships with units/programs within the Mike Cottrell College of Business to ensure maximum effectiveness of fundraising efforts, and to keep the Development team aware of resources, needs, projects and funding opportunities within the college
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospective donors (individuals, corporations, foundations) for gift and grants as appropriate to support the Mike Cottrell College of Business and the University of North Georgia. In addition, identify donors for referral to other solicitors (president, vice president, dean, etc.) and steward those relationships. Identify opportunities for involvement in appropriate alumni and fundraising events. Operate in partnership with Advancement staff to plan and execute events, record and manage information, and manage assignments in pursuit of identified goals.
  • Plan and organize work and travel schedules, according to established priorities and fundraising goals, and within established budget guidelines. This may include donor research, development of action plans, etc.
  • Prepare and submit timely and accurate reports of expenditures, contact information, and program outcomes.
  • Actively participate in scheduled Development team meetings for professional development, reporting and planning.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must have an understanding and appreciation of business education within a comprehensive university setting.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Thorough understanding of a development operation in a complex environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, recruit, train, and support volunteers. 
  • Ability to work and travel independently.
  • Superior problem solving ability. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and see projects through to a timely completion with strict attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with high level university administrators, faculty, donors, alumni, parents, and volunteers.
  • Must be flexible with work schedule and available to work weekends and evenings when necessary.
  • Must be able to operate a motor vehicle.

Certifications/Licenses & Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s preferred
  • Three years of related professional fundraising experience; business experience highly valued.
  • Current driver’s license.
  • Personal solicitation experience.
  • Raiser’s Edge® experience preferred.