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Director of Development

Posted: 07/14/2021

Gateway Community & Technical College invites applications for the Director of Development (DOD). This full-time position will manage the day-to-day fundraising for Gateway as determined by the Executive Leadership Team.  This individual will be responsible for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. The Director will also be responsible to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects for major and/or annual gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. 

Gateway Community & Technical College is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and is a public two-year degree-granting institution serving the Northern Kentucky Region. Gateway engages, connects, and inspires all students through education to successfully champion our region’s competitive workforce and improve their quality of life.

Gateway offers a competitive benefits package and an attractive work environment that supports excellence, innovation, and creativity including:

  • Exceptional health care, vision, dental coverage for you and your family
  • Tuition reimbursement/waiver for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • 403(b) retirement plan: a 5% employee contribution receives a 10% employer match
  • Employee Assistance Program 

Anticipated start date: August 2021

Initial review of applicants will begin after the position closes, and applicants will be notified if selected for an interview.

KY law requires state and national pre-employment background checks as a condition of employment.

Gateway Community & Technical College is located in Northern Kentucky - part of the Greater Cincinnati Region and is Northern Kentucky’s only public, accredited, comprehensive two-year institution. Gateway offers high-quality, targeted education to meet the personal and professional needs of students, and contribute to the economic development of the region.

Gateway is an equal educational and employment opportunity institution and we are committed to creating a campus environment that values the exploration, appreciation, and celebration of diversity while promoting inclusiveness, multiculturalism, and global awareness.


  • Prospect management: builds, maintains and serves as the primary prospect manager for a portfolio of prospects (~120) at a capacity level of $10,000 or greater.
  • Prospect qualification: identifies and tracks new prospects to increase the College’s portfolio. Substantiates giving capacity, identifies philanthropic interest and executes next steps. Maintains prospect and donor contact information in the Gateway and the KCTC System’s fundraising database.
  • Prospect cultivation: initiates face-to-face meetings with donors and prospects with the intention of engaging prospects with the College and advancing a conversation about philanthropic support for Gateway Community & Technical College. Responsible for a minimum of 150 meaningful donor contacts, including 80 visits annually.
  • Prospect solicitation: drives the strategic planning for prospect solicitations. Serves as an active participant in the minimum of 40 planned solicitations at the lead annual gift level ($10,000) or major gift level ($25,000).  Responsible for sponsorships and corporate table sales at the College’s Annual Fundraising Event.
  • Prospect stewardship: develops and implements an annual stewardship plan focused on specific initiatives for acknowledgment, recognition and reporting.  Supervises the Development Manager.
  • Reporting & Administration: serves as a staff liaison for the Philanthropy committee of the Gateway Foundation Board. Internally, advises department chairs, faculty and other academic leaders on development activities, as needed. Externally, DOD may represent the College at community events, business associations, etc. Communicate to VP for Development through oral and written reports on the progress of fundraising priorities and pertinent donor information.  Advise the VP on external and development activities and important events and programs to attend; be a highly informed advocate for the College inside and outside of campuses.
  • Performs other fundraising duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree, or related, in English, Journalism, Marketing, or another related field.
  • 3 - 4 years of relevant experience.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience in and understanding of the importance of working with students from diverse populations. 
  • Excellent organizational skills; high attention to detail; independent; self-motivated; able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment.  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate with many individuals at all levels throughout the internal college environment as well as external business and community partners, representing his/herself in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and, in writing.
  • Ability to multi-task, work under deadlines, and prioritize projects to meet deadlines with high levels of efficiency and accuracy. 
  • Must have proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree, or equivalent.
  • 5 - 7 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in and understanding of the importance of working with students from diverse populations. 
  • Experience working at the community college level.


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