Senior Director of Development, College of Veterinary Medicine

Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 01, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


The Senior Director of Development serves as a liaison between the College of Veterinary Medicine and University Development. As the College’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 Vet Med, including major giving, annual gifts, stewardship, and alumni relations.

To fulfill the college’s mission and implement its programs and initiatives, 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 6. In this role, the employee is responsible for communication, collaboration and coordination between Vet Med and the University Development office, as well as creating productive partnerships with all other UGA school, college, and unit fundraising programs.

The University Development office sets four objectives for Senior Directors of Development: number of annual visits, number of gift proposals, unit fundraising goal and personal fundraising goal. Each of these goals are discussed with the director and customized for their specific unit. In addition, each director is required to attend the division and development meetings as well as an individual monthly strategy meeting at the University Development office with the Senior Director of Development for Constituent Programs.


  • (50%) Direct all fundraising efforts (principal, leadership, major, annual and planned giving) and provide overall leadership to alumni relations and development functions. Manage, direct, and provide leadership to staff immediately supervised by the position responsible for fundraising, alumni relations, donor relations and administrative support. Manage a portfolio of 30-40 top prospective donors focusing on soliciting gifts, presenting proposals, making an annually established goal of face-to-face meetings with prospects and donors monthly
  • (30%) Serve as the liaison between the College of Veterinary Medicine (Vet Med) and University Development ensuring all UGA policies and procedures are followed by the College. Work collaboratively with all offices of the Development and Alumni Relations division including financial services, gift and estate planning, corporate and foundation relations, regional program, etc., and development colleagues located in schools, colleges, and units across campus.
  • (20%) With the assistance of the Dean and the Senior Director of Development for Constituent-Based Programs develop and oversee a comprehensive short and long-term strategic plan for fundraising by providing guidance, advice and support to department leaders on fundraising prioritization, planning, and strategies to ensure a successful campaign and stewardship efforts.


  • Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field.
  • Advanced degree preferred or bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years of related higher education experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience related to sales, marketing, development, business administration, higher education, project management, or relationship management with a proven ability to cultivate and solicit major gifts
  • Significant experience developing fundraising strategies while providing leadership and direction for implementation of a comprehensive development plan
  • Management experience
  • Knowledge and experience using Blackbaud CRM system

About the University of Georgia (

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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 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.

About the College of Veterinary Medicine (

Passion powers our commitment. We are Georgia’s only College of Veterinary Medicine, proud to serve our state and the nation for nearly 75 years by educating the next generation of veterinarians, providing exceptional veterinary care to our clients, and tackling the most pressing animal and human health challenges. Everyone can find their path here. We are proud to tout modern facilities, incredible faculty, and a depth and breadth of patients and specialties that can deliver the exposure and experience students of all types need. And we take pride in the strength of our community – striving for diversity and inclusivity through our CVM Principles of Community and with a constant eye to our College mission, vision, and values.

How to Apply:

Please note that applicants MUST submit their materials through the UGA human resources portal ( for consideration. Job posting number is S06169P

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 (