Manager, Annual Fund

Atlanta, GA (Lawrenceville)
Oct 09, 2019
Oct 26, 2019
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level


This job is a full time, benefited position in the Institutional Advancement Division that reports to the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement.

Job Summary:

Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, the Annual Fund Manager will be charged with strategically developing and managing a robust cultivation and stewardship program for donors to the Gwinnett Tech Foundation, including Trustees, Directors, advisory board members, employees, local businesses and alumni. The Annual Fund Manager administers all aspects of annual fund giving to include: face-to-face and phone solicitation, digital fundraising, donor database maintenance and appeal segmentation, and donor acknowledgement and stewardship. The successful candidate will possess a convincing track record of developing and implementing an effective, comprehensive annual fund program.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Excellent writing, organizational and public speaking skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs. Possesses the ability to work with others and can work within systems in a resourceful manner to accomplish reasonable work goals. Demonstrated track record of cultivation, closing gifts and understanding of donor stewardship success. Has the aptitude to be flexible in response to change and accommodates new methods and procedures; possesses interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a variety of publics, organizations, and agencies. Will demonstrate knowledge of the principles and practices associated with fundraising in higher education including direct mail, telephone solicitations, alumni giving and donor relations. A results-oriented individual, who demonstrates the ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization, develops lasting relationships with diverse constituencies, and simultaneously employs keen judgment has the best opportunity for success. Strong, collaborative, energetic individual with seasoned fundraising skills.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans, develops and implements a strategic plan of action with objectives, timelines and evaluation plan for the annual fund program that includes identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of constituents
  • Creates and administers a program and activities to solicit gifts from Trustees, Directors, advisory board members, employees, local businesses and alumni including face-to-face, phone solicitation, and digital fundraising for the annual fund.
  • Works closely with Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and other departmental staff to ensure coordination with their respective fundraising efforts.
  • Assists the Director of Advancement Services and Donor Relations in maintaining computerized systems and records that provide proper documentation and tracking of annual fund operations.
  • Ensures open communication with other staff regarding contact of potential donors.
  • Responsible for creating scholarship opportunities in line with the Foundation’s internal procedures.
  • Researches, writes and submit grants as they relate to annual fund goals. Collaborates with colleagues in gathering data and results for donor impact reporting.
  • Develops and manages expense budget for annual fund program.
  • Manages relationships with external vendors and internal departments to meet annual giving deadlines and goals.
  • Assists in maintaining the constituent management system for all assigned accounts ensuring that goal setting, stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships by thorough detailed records of solicitation records.
  • Assists with donor engagement and recognition events, stewardship activities, both off and on campus.
  • Assists with donor communications and outreach.
  • Maintains a rigorous schedule of contacts with corporation and individuals, creating moves management plans related to them.
  • Plans and organizes special events and functions in support of resource development initiatives.
  • Creates and maintains a high performance environment characterized by positive leadership and strong team orientation. Maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in field.
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing contacts with colleagues, and attending professional development training.
  • Compiles and reports metrics on an annual basis to assess the performance of the annual fund drive and established personnel metrics.
  • Ensures consistent high quality service delivery to all levels of customers and coworkers.
  • Oversees the continuous improvement of the annual fund appeal and the development of the team with the goal to achieve best practices and optimal output.
  • Assures donor confidentiality as well as the confidentiality of the projects undertaken by conducting all personal contacts and communications with donors in a professional manner.
  • Facilitates good donor relations by representing the college at functions and meetings as assigned and working with donors and potential donors, students, friends, alumni and various constituencies of the college to strengthen their ties to Gwinnett Technical College.
  • Maintains up-to-date on policies, procedures, and state or federal laws that may impact department initiatives.
  • Performs administrative duties as required.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned in the fulfillment of the needs, philosophy, and purpose of Gwinnett Technical College


Qualifications: Bachelor's degree. OR Five (5) years of experience in a related field  

Preferred Qualifications: Broad-based knowledge of educational fundraising. Experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge.



The Technical College System of Georgia and its constituent Technical Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, spouse of military member or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all technical college-administered programs,  programs financed by the federal government including any Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I financed programs, educational programs and activities, including admissions, scholarships and loans , student life, and  athletics.  It also encompasses the recruitment and employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services.


The Technical College System and Technical Colleges shall promote the realization of equal opportunity through a positive continuing program of specific practices designed to ensure the full realization of equal opportunity.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Lisa Richardson (, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 100, Room 323B, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, 678-226-6691.

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