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Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator, Odum School of Ecology

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Sep 14, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia seeks a Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator to assist with fundraising, alumni relations planning, stewardship, annual giving, and to grow a major giving pipeline for the school. Reporting directly to the Dean of the Odum School and the Sr. Director of Development for Constituent Based Programs, this position will:

  • provide relationship management
  • review gifts
  • participate in portfolio planning
  • curate data
  • and develop an overall strategy to ensure that Ecology has a successful fundraising program



  • Bachelor’s degree



  • Experience in a fundraising and/or alumni relations capacity
  • Organized, and a self-starter with strong initiative
  • Possess attention to detail
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely and professional manner with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to work effectively with diverse groups of constituents
  • High level of confidentiality and discretion
  • Work in front of a computer for extended hours
  • Travel, if needed
  • Entertain flexible hours, if needed



(25%) Strategic planning and DAR liaison

  • Create and update a strategic development plan for the School to identify needs, and outline annual and long-term fundraising priorities
  • Identify top donor and major giving prospects for the School’s portfolio
  • Complete telephone, written correspondence, and help set up meetings with donors and prospects,in coordination with Dean and regional team members, and update in GAIL
  • Serve as the liaison between the Odum School of Ecology and the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR)
  • Manage development budget funds within the School
  • Advise Dean on best practices and coordination as it relates to fundraising initiatives
  • Analyze key performance metrics and provide reports to the Dean

(25%) Annual Giving

  • Plan and implement annual giving strategies for the School including but not limited to: direct mail, email, digital, phone, social media
  • Partner with appropriate affiliates to: create design and messaging for direct mail and email appeals, create audience queries and selections, create a matching gift program to support the School
  • Solicit a determined number of Leadership Annual Giving prospects year.

(20%) Stewardship

  • Manage all stewardship activities and donor recognition
  • Liaise with appropriate personnel to execute weekly acknowledgements
  • Coordinate data collection, communication, and stewardship for annual scholarship and award distributions for the School
  • Maintain database of School donors and giving history

(15%)  Alumni Board

  • Support activities for the Odum School of Ecology’s alumni board
  • Meet with officers regularly to help plan meetings, events, initiatives

(15%) Events and other

  • Support the development and implementation of donor and alumni events including but not limited to: managing venue, catering, program speakers, invitations, décor, nametags, etc.
  • Support other events and outreach programs including: Parents and Families Day, Thank-A-Donor Day, Reynolds’s Golf Talks
  • Attend weekly and monthly meetings as it relates to this position
  • Coordinate with OSE’s interns and Communications Director, as needed



Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to 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 employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

EEO POLICY STATEMENT: 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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