Director of Leadership Gifts

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 dynamic Director of Leadership Gifts to cultivate major gifts (at the $100k+ level) and coach, train, and mentor a team. Colby is gearing up for it’s next comprehensive campaign and the director will be a key leader in the success of the campaign. S/he will cultivate, solicit, and steward a prospect list of high-capacity alumni and parents; manage a leadership giving team; and play a critical role with the Vice President and Associate Vice President of College and Student Advancement, the Senior Philanthropic Advisor and other advancement staff for planning, prioritizing, and communicating strategies for the campaign. The Director will also manage and guide high-level volunteers. This position reports directly to the Associate Vice President of College and Student Advancement. Some travel is required. A minimum of eight years’ experience in major gift fundraising experience is required. Past experience with leadership gifts and capital campaigns is a plus.