Director of Gift Planning

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

Colby College is seeking a Director of Gift Planning to guide and lead this key component of Colby’s advancement program. The ideal candidate will be the chief strategist for gift planning, offering leadership, vision and direction. The Director will be charged with growing substantially the membership of the Willows Society, Colby’s gift planning society, as a key component of Colby’s comprehensive campaign. S/he will cultivate relationships with prospects, and provide stewardship for bequests, real estate gifts, life income gifts and other complex assets. The Director will manage the Associate Director of Gift Planning and reports directly to the Associate Vice President of College and Student Advancement. Some travel will be required. A minimum of five years’ experience in fundraising, legal or financial work related to gift planning is required.