GEORGIA TECH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION- Vice President of Fundraising

The Georgia Tech Alumni Association invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President of Fundraising.  The Vice President is responsible for planning, coordinating, and leading the fundraising initiatives and programs for the Association.  The Vice President is responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of resources from alumni in the continuing development of private support for the Association.

Established in 1949, the mission of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association is to promote and serve our alumni and the Institute. We will continually create relevant and meaningful programs for current and future alumni to foster lifelong participation and philanthropic support. We will communicate the achievements of the Institute and alumni, maintain its traditions and engage the campus community. Underlying all that we do is the belief in the value of education, the commitment to integrity and exceptional customer service, and a pledge to perform in a fiscally responsible manner.  The Alumni Association is governed by a 45-member board of trustees. This includes nine members on the Executive Committee and 36 trustees on the board. Certain ex-officio positions include leadership from the Institute and the GT Foundation.  The Association has an annual budget of $7m and 50 staff members.

Position Summary  

Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Fundraising is the primary fundraising professional on the staff leading the day-to-day operations of the annual fund (known as the Roll Call) including Leadership Giving and fund raising for the new alumni center. This person will play an integral role in leading the Association so that we achieve our goals and represent the alumni and Georgia Tech in a professional manner.
Major Responsibilities

  • Direct the Association’s operations in running the Roll Call – the Association’s annual fund with 36,000 donors and almost $10 million through professional fundraising efforts to Tech’s alumni and other constituencies.
    • This includes all solicitation strategies – direct mail, telemarketing, electronic solicitations and personal solicitations.
    • Tracking and reporting all relevant data
    • Work with the Marketing & Communications team to develop compelling messaging to donors
  • Take a personal role is building our Leadership Circle donor base. Leadership Circle are donors of more than $1,000 annually
  • Help develop the vision for the new alumni center as well as drive the campaign to raise the necessary monies
  • Manage staff of five people
  • Manage annual operating budget of approximately $250,000
  • Work with the other departments in the Association in a proactive, collaborative and progressive manner

 

Direct Reports:

Annual Fund Manager

Leadership Gift Officer

Telemarketing Coordinator

Stewardship Manager

Matching Gifts Coordinator

 

Candidate Specification: Qualities

  • Have significant and meaningful experience in annual fundraising and personal solicitation of major gifts
  • Be a strategic thinker who can help the organization with conceptualizing the challenges and then developing innovative solutions to the future opportunities
  • Be a clear communicator through strong verbal and written skills as well as an outstanding listener
  • Be able to manage multiple, complex projects within a variety of different fields
  • Be analytical, disciplined and decisive showing good judgment
  • Be confident yet not combative or derisive
  • Be positive and motivational in interacting with others both in and outside the organization
  • View personal accountability as a key value
  • Will have shown strong leadership skills and values through the achievement of goals and objectives

Experience Required:

Minimum: bachelors degree, masters preferred,

10 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, or similar experience

Nominations and applications may be sent in confidence to the Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s executive search firm:

Buffkin/Baker

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

martin@buffkinbaker.com

Chelsie Whitelock, Principal

chelsie@buffkinbaker.com