Annual Giving Officer

Posted on 12/22/2021

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Position Summary: 

This position plans and implements overall annual giving programs and is specifically responsible for developing and overseeing programming related to leadership annual giving. Communication is important to this role in crafting and producing solicitation messages, developing promotional and recognition opportunities, and responding to individual donor questions or concerns. This position primarily utilizes multiple communications channels to secure private gifts and engage large numbers of donors through specialized campaigns. This position also supports the efforts of leadership giving officers across campus by way of prospect identification, management, and continuing education opportunities.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Leadership Annual Giving Pipeline Management
    • Guide centralized schools and colleges with identification and reporting of leadership annual donors.
    • Review gifts made through central annual giving appeals to prospect for potential leadership donors.
    • Work with Research and Prospect Management to refer prospects to School/College/Unit development (SCUD) staff and central leadership annual giving team.
    • Advise and assist SCUD staff with leadership annual giving initiatives.
    • Analyze and report participation metrics for annual and special giving campaign.
  • Coordinate Leadership Direct Marketing
    • Plan and implement overall solicitation strategy, specifically direct mail, phone, and email solicitations for constituents with leadership level giving capacity.
    • Produce solicitation materials for annual giving and special giving campaigns.
    • Collaborate with Development & Alumni Relations Communication staff (DARCOMM), SCUDs, Donor Relations, and Alumni Relations regarding marketing and stewardship of special campaigns.
  • Coordinate Leadership Annual Giving (LAG) professional resources
    • Collaborate and communicate with LAG officers across campus to ensure access to appropriate training and resources.
    • Serve as lead coordinator of monthly LAG Discussion Circle. Coordinate with guest panelists, send reminders, moderate meeting, send follow-ups and surveys.
  • Steward leadership donors to the Georgia Fund
    • Oversee weekly acknowledgement processes to ensure all leadership donors receive appropriate acknowledgement and stewardship through phone, mail, and email.
  • Respond to donor questions and concerns from phone, email, and direct mail efforts.

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: 

  • Two years or more experience in higher education fundraising or related field
  • Exhibits behavior that supports the mission, vision, and values of the University of Georgia

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies: 

  • Self-starter, takes initiative, and can work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Exemplary communications skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrates a commitment to outstanding customer service
  • Advanced computer skills in comparing data and logic
  • New media proficiencies
  • Knowledgeable of Word, Excel, database management, and email skills
  • Communicates and employs interpersonal actions that model high standards of professional, responsible, accountable, and ethical conduct
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.

Work Schedule Information: 

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

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 (

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