Job Details

Kennesaw State University
  • Position Number: 2138755
  • Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising

Director, Foundation Relations

Job ID: 223230
Full/Part Time:


Key role in KSU's institutional giving program, helping to develop and implement an overall fundraising strategy to secure new and renewed funding in support of KSU's mission and goals. Responsible for generating over $4 million in annual contributed revenue from corporate and private foundations. Manages a portfolio of over 75 prospects and concentrates on five to six-figure gifts. Primary responsibility is stewarding existing relationships while continuing to grow the portfolio through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of new corporate, foundation and government prospects. Ensures that the various reports required from the funders are completed and are delivered on time. Works with deans and directors of development in assigned colleges to develop funding request strategy for individual colleges and faculty. The unit serves as the clearinghouse for private proposal submissions campus wide.


  1. Researches, cultivates, solicits, and stewards corporate and private foundation donors to achieve fundraising goals
  2. Writes, edits, proofreads, and submits grant proposals, letters of inquiry, acknowledgment letters, final reports, budget documents, and other materials
  3. Works directly with foundations to solicit gifts and build strong community support for programs at Kennesaw State University
  4. Ensures prompt acknowledgment of all gifts related to foundation giving
  5. Tracks gifts and goals, meets deadlines for proposals and reporting
  6. Maintains accurate records for all actions, gifts, and relationships
  7. Plans and produces budget documents, program activity reports and other updates in collaboration with faculty and staff, Kennesaw Research Foundation, other campus and advancement and development partners
  8. Works with staff, board, and other internal and external partners to set and achieve goals, produce written materials, and meet grant expectations
  9. Represents Kennesaw State University to internal and external partners to grow and maintain key relationships
  10. Schedules and coordinates agency site visits with corporate and foundation representatives
  11. Participates in and assists with department events and cultivation activities as needed


Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Other Required Qualifications

Current, valid and unrestricted Georgia driver's license

Required Experience

Seven (7) years of experience in foundation relations, development and/or equivalent related experience


Preferred Educational Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Preferred Experience

Previous experience in higher education foundation relations or development


  • Knowledge of fundraising protocols and regulations
  • Maintains knowledge and keeps up to date with industry best practices
  • Able to manage goals and coordinate contacts within a busy schedule of proposals and withmany relationships
  • Able to demonstrate the creativity of approach and ability to work as a member of a team to craft the right proposal for the funding source
  • Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time, meeting assigned deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment,organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
  • Must have very strong analytical skills, able to analyze data and develop targeted development strategies and written proposals based on research
  • Must be extremely organized and able to plan and implement strategies within a complex environment
  • Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position(i.e. Microsoft Office suite; Blackbaud system and/or other fundraising systems)
  • Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
  • Strong writing and customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

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