GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE- Associate Vice President for Development


In 1994, Gwinnett County was the largest county east of the Mississippi without a four-year college. So Gwinnett County leaders purchased 160 acres of land and designated it specifically for the development of a college campus. GGC opened its doors in 2006 as the first four-year college founded in Georgia in more than 100 years, and the first four-year, public college created in the U.S. in the 21st century. Georgia Gwinnett College is a member of the University System of Georgia.

A few years ago, Georgia Gwinnett College was home to just over 100 students. What was once 260 acres of rolling terrain has become the perfect metropolitan college campus of more than 12,000 students.

Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the Associate Vice President for Development is a skilled and dynamic development executive in advancing the philanthropic culture of GGC through strategically coordinated development, engagement, and fundraising initiatives. The Associate Vice President is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive development and alumni engagement programs and recruiting and developing talented team members focused toward the ultimate goal of significantly increasing constituent engagement and fundraising outcomes. The development function includes responsibility for annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, gift planning, capital campaigns, and alumni and constituent engagement efforts.


Georgia Gwinnett College will be a premier 21st Century Liberal Arts College where learning will take place continuously in and beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Its cornerstones will be innovative use of educational technology and a commitment to an integrated educational experience that develops the whole person. GGC will be a wellspring of educational innovation. It will be a dynamic learning community where faculty engagement in teaching and mentoring students will be the hallmark. It will be a driving force for change in student success. As such, it will be a model for innovative approaches to education, faculty engagement with students, and highly efficient student, facility, and administrative services.




• Ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional fundraising and management experience in a college or university setting;
• Demonstrated experience developing, managing and interpreting analytics in a fundraising environment;
• A bachelors or graduate degree is required with a preference for the graduate degree;
• Proven record of leadership and accomplishment in the field of development and fundraising success, especially in major gift development and solicitations;
• Proven record of being a self-starter, who is proactive and goal oriented with the ability to work autonomously and take initiative and make decisions;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience handling sensitive and confidential matters with discretion;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Demonstrated success in designing strategy for securing major and planned gifts and personal solicitation of gifts;
• Proven experience in major gift stewardship, prospect management, volunteer management, and event planning;
• Proven experience managing a budget, leading and growing professional-level staff;
• Proven experience building and managing relationships with key internal and external stake holders;
• Comfortable working with donor data systems, such as Raiser’s Edge;
• Comprehensive campaign experience; and
• A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are mandatory


• Lead in advancing the philanthropic culture of a young and rapidly growing college.
• Lead a team of development and alumni relations professionals, providing mentorship and direction while simultaneously planning and expanding the development and alumni engagement programs.
• Develop and enhance meaningful and productive relationships with gift prospects, assist in the discovery of philanthropic passions, and align giving interests with funding priorities in pursuit of annual fundraising goals and metrics.
• Provide thoughtful leadership and high-level support to the Vice President for Advancement in formulating a strong action plan for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects for multi-year gifts, endowment gifts, and legacy gifts.
• Provide leadership in building the case for support to drive increased development activity and total contributions through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual, major, and planned giving donors.
• Manage planning and coordination of special cultivation and stewardship events.
• Supervise staff members.
• Develop and manage budgets for fundraising programs and alumni engagement with the appropriate staff members; assist in approving and monitoring expenditures.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Integrity: Ability to maintain high-level social, ethical, and organizational norms. Ability to firmly adhere to codes of conduct, ethical principles, policies, and laws.
• Accountability: Can be relied upon to ensure that action items within areas of responsibility are completed in a timely manner. Ability to monitor activities and take corrective action when necessary.
• Continuous Improvement: Ability to take action to improve existing conditions and processes. Ability to use appropriate methods to identify opportunities, implement solutions, and measure impact.
• Respect: Exhibits consideration for self and other’s thoughts, ideas, opinions, and beliefs. Interacts appropriately with all members of the campus community with full respect to individual characteristics.
• Collaboration: The ability to work effectively with others to achieve organizational goals.



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Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: (615) 988-2587

Martin Baker, Managing Partner
Office: (336) 721-9100
Cell: (770) 313-5573

Chelsie Whitelock, Principal
Office: (615) 988-2588
Cell: (217) 725-3612




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