Director of Advancement Communications

Colby College

Waterville, Maine

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students enjoy a cutting-edge, creative and supportive environment that deepens learning both within and beyond the classroom. Colby also guarantees that all admitted students, from every background, have the chance to graduate without loans to repay. Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. The school’s many advancements have led to a rise in its U.S. News & World Report ranking to #12 for National Liberal Arts Colleges.

The Opportunity

The Director of Advancement Communications is a new position charged with building a communications team and infrastructure capable of serving Colby College’s advancement needs before, during, and after a major comprehensive campaign. Responsibilities include strategy setting and editorial creation, as well as oversight, management and evaluation of Advancement’s multi-channel communication efforts. The director will have direct contact with the vice president for college and student advancement, president, trustees, senior administration, and key faculty members. S/he will be a key liaison and partner with Colby’s Office of Communications. The position reports to the associate vice president for college and student advancement and manages the assistant/associate director of advancement communications. Successful candidates will have at least 7 years of advancement communications experience, preferably in a college, university or other academic setting. Must be willing to travel.