Director of Government & Corporate Relations

Position ID: 34250
Fort Valley State University
Academic Affairs
University Advancement
Position Description
Job Class: 
Director, Administrative
Job Description: 


Vacancy Number:  1024

Is this City for You?

Founded in 1895 as Fort Valley High and Industrial School, Fort Valley State has experienced tremendous growth and development over the years - culminating into a vibrant university with exceptional associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and centers of excellence. As one of only two land grant institutions in the state of Georgia, the second largest campus in the state with over 1300 acres, and the highest ranked public historically black college and university (HBCU) in the state according to US News rankings, Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is recognized as not only a campus community where diversity and inclusion are cherished, but also as a place where the principles of Embrace (our heritage), Empower (our employees), and Engage (our students) are exemplified throughout campus on a daily basis.

The city of Fort Valley and its neighboring communities provide the friendliness and tranquility indicative of a small southern town, while simultaneously providing residents interested in larger city life with an easy 20-minute drive to the Macon-Warner Robins metropolitan area and its 400,000 residents and plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. And with the North Georgia mountains and the Savannah and Gulf Coast beaches within a 3-hour drive, and Atlanta a mere 1.5 hours away, the best amenities that this country has to offer are literally a short scenic drive away. It’s no wonder so many people are choosing to call Middle Georgia home and FVSU their employer of choice!

GENERAL SUMMARY:  Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Director of Government & Corporate Relations is charged with engaging our valued external constituents in an effort to effectuate the governmental policy, student employment, and fundraising goals of the university.
 The Director is responsible for initiating and managing corporate and elected-official relationships, representing the organization and its needs to the business and legislative communities, and attracting resources for institutional priorities, in a manner consistent with policies and procedures.

The Director assists with:

  • Building a bridge from academia to employment for the student population
  • Ensuring Board of Regents and state legislators are apprised of FVSU goals
  • Connecting FVSU with key corporate decision-makers to increase donations


  • Lead analysis of proposed legislative actions and determine the potential impact on the organization
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory activities
  • Manage university strategy for strengthening relationships with elected officials and government agencies, and increasing their understanding of and support for FVSU
  • Works with the leadership to identify priority legislative and government relations issues
  • Identifying, engaging, and securing support from corporations for institutional projects
  • Coordinating corporate fundraising for business units; working closely with other senior managers in establishing corporate funding priorities; and advising them on trends in the philanthropic world
  • Education and compliance across the organization with Policies and Procedures related to corporate affiliations and sponsorship
  • Partnering with the Director of Career Services to develop and assist effective strategies and programs to allow students to gain internship, externship and post-graduation career opportunities in corporate and governmental environments
  • Planning fund-raising strategy and carrying-out specific projects, including identification of potential sponsors and settling on appropriate targets for funding
  • Approaching corporate officials, securing funding, and negotiating the terms of support for the institution, either alone or with other organization officials such as the President, Athletics Director, or departmental development officers
  • Monitoring and assisting the fulfillment of institutional obligations to funders
  • Assuring that all corporate donors are responsibly stewarded for their gifts and that strong relationships are maintained
  • Documenting development efforts, memorializing gifts secured in writing, and monitoring the implementation and effectuation of the gifting agreement to ensure ongoing compliance
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of local, state and federal legislative processes; project and database management expertise; advocacy, persuasion and negotiation skills
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is ideal
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a work setting with governmental, financial, fundraising, quality assurance, legal, and/or human resource procedures and regulations is a must; experience in a higher education setting and communications or public relations are ideal


Interested persons MUST submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • FVSU Application (include Job Title and Job Number 1024 - please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to obtain application)
  • Cover Letter (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) – Diploma copies are not accepted in lieu of transcripts
  • List of three (3) Professional References including their contact information

Complete application packets should be emailed to, with the Job Title and Job Number in the subject line.  Application packets that do not contain ALL required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. 

Institution Employment Link:
CIP Discipline Code: 
Legal Services (Admin code)
Fundraising (Admin code)
University Advancement & Development (Admin code)
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Required Qualifications
Special Requirements: 
A minimum of 3 years' experience in a work setting with governmental, financial, fundraising, quality assurance, legal, and/or human resources procedures and regulations is a must.
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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Tafara Makaya, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Kristopher Bolden, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator