This position reports directly to the Director of Athletics, serves on the Executive Cabinet, and will be the primary liaison between University Advancement and Athletics. The primary responsibility is fundraising for the Department of Athletics. Oversight of the areas that interact with the public – Development, Sponsorship and Marketing, Media Communications and primary leadership for the athletics major gift fundraising efforts, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors is also required. Developing and executing a plan to increase exposure of the Department of Athletics in all media: website, broadcast, print, social media, etc. is necessary.
Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: •Identify, engage and manage new major gift and premium opportunities. Expand existing donors’ level of support to grow revenue. •Work cooperatively with the KSU Foundation to exchange data, best practices and long-range goals. •Coordinate with the KSU Sports Park for ticketing athletic events. •Point of contact for Multi Media Rights partner to support development and expansion of corporate sponsors, ticket packages and sales (both packages and individual ticket sales) yielding annual increases in game attendance. •Supervise the Assistant Director of Development to support hospitality and booster club events for all sports. •Supervise the Assistant Athletics Director of Communications & Broadcasting to ensure that a well-developed and solid single positive message in the community through the website, press releases and branding to best represent the university and athletic program. •Assist in the search for grant opportunities from the NCAA, foundations and other sources, which would support capital projects and ongoing and/or new programs of the Department of Athletics. •Manage a team to connect professionally with key community groups, i.e. chambers, business associations and civic groups to generate leads for revenue and ticket growth. •Supervise the following areas to ensure maximum results related to revenue growth, fan experience and positive exposure: oAthletic Communications and Broadcasting oAthletic Development, which includes: Dot Martin Scholarship Golf Classic Varsity Club and individual booster clubs Sales of premium seating for athletic events oAnnual Giving, which includes: Acknowledgement and recognition of donors by managing donor database records in both university and athletic tracking systems. Management of the donor program tracking donations into the “priority point system” used for donor ranking/ticket purchasing. oDirector of Creative Services oDirector of Marketing and Fan Experience •Other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics.
Demonstrated leadership skills and success in major gift and planned giving in athletics fundraising. Branding experience to support the athletic and university brands. Experience related to corporate marketing. Knowledge of Paciolan software. Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations to ensure institutional compliance with athletics development initiatives.
Bachelor’s degree, 7+ years of comparable experience and strong management skills.
Kennesaw State University (KSU), the third-largest university in the University System of Georgia, is a comprehensive university with expanding undergraduate and graduate programs in Kennesaw, Georgia, one of metropolitan Atlanta's burgeoning northwest suburban communities.Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State is located in Cobb County on a beautifully landscaped and pedestrian-friendly campus of 240 ac...res within easy access of Interstate 75 and the northwest quadrant of Georgia. Nearly 35,000 commuter and residential students, including more than 1,700 from 136 countries, pursue their undergraduate and graduate studies at Kennesaw State. The student body is a mix of traditional and nontraditional students with an average age of 26. Approximately 20 percent of students are members of ethnic minorities.Kennesaw State students can choose majors from more than 60 bachelor's and master's degree programs, including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math. Graduate degree programs are offered in professional concentrations including nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, education and professional writing. KSU has continued to expand its graduate programs by adding a new Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning in 2006 - the first doctorate in the university's history. The Kennesaw State Owls compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics, enjoying the first full season as a Division I member in 2005-06. KSU has won more than five team championships since joining the NCAA during the 1994-95 school year, with numerous appearances at national championships dating back to KSU's days as a member of the NAIA. KSU won NCAA titles in men's basketball (2004) and women's soccer (2003). The former was the first NCAA basketball crown ever won by a Georgia college or university.