Emory University Director of Development II - Emory Libraries and Information Technology in atlanta, Georgia


FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Plans, directs and coordinates funding activities for a specific division or school in support of students, programs and facilities. Seeks major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations through donor correspondence, event/reception planning and personal visits. Maintains an active schedule of solicitation, cultivation and stewardship calls to donors and new prospects. Coordinates public relations, donor relations, budget management and the generation of publications and proposals. Provides ongoing feedback to employees concerning their performance. May direct and monitor alumni relations work, including responding to alumni needs and requests. May supervise clerical, professional and volunteer staff. Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • A bachelor's degree.

  • 6 years experience in higher education, development, fund raising or equivalent experience in a non-profit institution.

  • Effective written and oral presentation skills.

Additional Details

The Director of Development is responsible for cultivating relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations to solicit gifts and sponsorships for Emory Libraries and Information Technology (LITS). The Director will report to the Associate Vice President for Development Programs in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The Director of Development will work closely with the University Librarian to execute the philanthropic goals of the library. Working closely with the staff of LITS, the Director will develop and implement donor and programmatic strategies in an effective and efficient manner.

Primary Duties of the Director include but are not limited to:

  • Provide vital input in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning and positioning within the organization.

  • Strategize with leadership to create an annual work plan that helps achieve fundraising and development goals and objectives; plan and implement major gift strategies ($50,000 and above) in conjunction with the overall work plan. Meet financial goals through personal solicitations.

  • Manage an average of 100 prospects and donors per year and conduct approximately 135 visits per year; managing development activity in the University‚Äôs prospect management database to move donors through major gift and stewardship cycles.

  • Identify and evaluate new prospects with a focus on achieving LITS annual and campaign goals.

  • Assist and engage faculty and volunteers in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of prospects.

  • Provide editorial direction for proposals and donor-centered publications, print and online.

  • Develop and implement a new University Libraries Advisory Board. The advisory board will assist the University Libraries by raising the Libraries' profile among the university's constituencies, identifying and securing financial resources and bringing together the interests and expertise of a wide variety of Emory Libraries supporters. The director will manage the board, consulting with the university librarian regarding board strategy and solicitations.

  • Collaborate with colleagues from other divisions within Emory University, as well as departments within the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Preferred Qualifications:

History of soliciting and securing five-figure gifts. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail and effective follow through on projects or assignments.

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Job Number 22705

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Advancement &Alumni Engagement

Department ADV: Advancement Programs

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Advancement & Fundraising

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