Senior Director of Development, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Aug 21, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Senior Director of Development serves as a liaison between the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and Division of Development & Alumni Relations. As Franklin’s chief development officer, this position is responsible for raising major gifts ($25,000+) to enable the unit to fulfill its mission and implement its programs and initiatives. In addition to major and principal gifts, the position is also responsible for providing strategy, leadership, direction, coordination, and management of all levels of giving for Franklin, including major giving, annual gifts, stewardship, and alumni relations. The Senior Director of Development works closely with the Dean to develop fundraising priorities, create a development plan, implement the plan and secure major gifts while also supervising a development and alumni relations staff of 10.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

  • Progressively responsible fundraising or related experience and leadership experience, including work in all functional areas of development and leadership in a major capital campaign.
  • Demonstrated supervisory, organization, time management, and interpersonal skills. Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, presentation). Ability to deliver an effective and consistent message; a communication style that is open, cordial, and compelling.
  • Ability to develop trust and strong collaborative working relationships; experience nurturing and motivating high-level volunteers and expressing appreciation for their role in building an effective development network.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful frontline fundraising, including principal gift experience (discovery through solicitation and stewardship). Previous work experience in higher education and in a hybrid centralized-decentralized fundraising model involving colleges/schools.
  • Strength in developing and executing strategic and comprehensive fundraising plans to achieve goals; experience working with senior administration and ability to effectively strategize and engage various groups and constituents.


The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia advances the goals, objectives, and priorities of the university by generating private financial support, building, and maintaining relationships with alumni and donors, and assisting students with career development opportunities.

Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest, largest and most academically diverse college at the University of Georgia. In many ways, it is at the heart of UGA, the nation’s first state-chartered institution of higher education. The first classes were taught in 1801 in a forest clearing on what is now the University’s historic North Campus. In 1806, the first permanent brick building was constructed on campus and named Franklin College in honor of Benjamin Franklin. The building, which was later renamed Old College, is the oldest structure in Athens and houses the administrative offices of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences as well as classroom space. Franklin College and University of Georgia were often used interchangeably to describe the fledgling institution until 1859, when the College of Law became the second college on a campus that now boasts 16 schools and colleges. The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse college at the University of Georgia with over 11,000 students, over 800 faculty and three of the five most popular undergraduate majors at UGA – biology, psychology and computer science. The college has 78 undergraduate majors, 35 master’s degree programs and 31 doctoral degree programs. Franklin College has more than 100,000 alumni which is 1/3 of the entire University of Georgia alumni base.

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.