Associate Director, Friends of Athletics Fundraising and Communications

Associate Director, Friends of Athletics Fundraising and Communications
Department:  College Advancement
Date:  05/06/2020


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 pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its 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 the creation of 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. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:


Division of College Advancement

Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

Propelled by visionary leadership, a compelling array of initiatives, and record fundraising, Colby is in the midst of Dare Northward, the largest fundraising campaign ever at a liberal arts college at $750 million. The campaign’s momentum is unprecedented, and with its success, the College will be known for a distinctive set of multidisciplinary academic offerings; an even more cohesive and accessible institutional culture for students from all backgrounds; the foremost art and athletic facilities in our educational sector; a welcoming, thriving, and dynamic surrounding community; increased global connections and resulting perspectives; the richest set of universal student experiences to enhance their academic program; and the capacity to support the postgraduate success of every one of our students.

The Colby Fund is emerging as a leader in annual giving, raising a record-shattering $10.9 million in FY19, an incredible 70-percent increase over the past five years. The Colby Fund is the primary conduit for communicating priorities, progress, and storytelling around the campaign, as well as the primary channel for donors to get involved. Thus far, more than 20,000 alumni and friends have made donations—collectively raising more than $540 million to date toward the campaign. To learn about the Dare Northward campaign, visit The associate director, friends of athletics fundraising and communications will lead an annual athletics fundraising plan, including appeal and communications strategy, content generation, volunteer mobilization, and direct solicitation of donors.

The associate director, friends of athletics fundraising and communications will collaborate with partners across the Division of College Advancement and the Department of Athletics to recruit and cultivate active volunteers to ensure that the program meets its financial targets. Friends of Athletics donors are more engaged than ever, with FY19 boasting the highest number of donors to Friends of Athletics since its launch in FY17. Since FY17, donor count has increased by 113 percent, with 1,848 donors contributing more than $557,000 during Giving Day 2020. As Friends of Athletics programs continue to build momentum and demonstrate success, Friends of Athletics will acquire new donors and key volunteers. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Develop fiscal-year fundraising goals and appeal strategy for Friends of Athletics as a whole and individually for all 17 Friends groups
    • Develop fundraising goals and communications/appeal strategy for each Friends group
    • Partner with Department of Athletics designated liaisons to mobilize coaches to meet goals through regular communications such as check-ins, ongoing updates, etc.
  • Act as key content generator for targeted and timely communications, appeals, and announcements to increase donor engagement and stewardship
    • Liaise with Department of Athletics and the associate director of athletics communications to generate storytelling content and team announcements
    • Project manage fall, winter, and spring season previews for teams
  • Collaborate with the Office of Colby Fund team to customize strategy and content for Friends of Athletics during mass annual giving micro-campaigns including Giving Tuesday, calendar year end, Giving Day, and the fiscal year-end push
  • Partner with the Office of Alumni Experience and Networks and the C Club (an organization that has been supporting Colby athletics for more than 100 years) to support the Department of Athletics in event planning and execution, and fundraising
  • Increase revenue by cultivating current donors with the goal of inviting them to support Friends of Athletics at leadership-giving levels and providing benefits, such as reserved seating at the annual C Club dinner, hosting an exclusive stewardship event for athletics donors, and an annual update from President Greene
  • Collaborate with frontline fundraisers to implement and enhance customized stewardship and cultivation plans for leadership annual giving Friends of Athletics donors to increase retention and revenue
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
  • Minimum 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in digital communications, fundraising, volunteer management, or equivalent experience
  • Must be flexible, have strong attention to detail, show initiative, and have a results-driven philosophy with the ability to problem-solve
  • Highly motivated, disciplined work ethic, a competitive drive, an entrepreneurial spirit, a creative approach, a positive attitude, and a proven ability to work within diverse teams
  • Excellent organizational skills including experience independently overseeing and executing complex projects and programs
  • Appreciation of Colby’s mission and the ability to effectively communicate it to constituencies
  • Discretion and good judgment with confidential information
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and positive attitude
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community and make an impact in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment
  • Willingness and ability to work outside normal working hours
  • Must be willing to travel; valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements

Reporting to the director of annual giving, the associate director, friends of athletics fundraising and communications will have significant interaction with the entire Division of College Advancement; the Department of Athletics, including the vice president and Harold Alfond Director of Athletics and coaching staff; senior leadership of the College; Office of Communications, as well as alumni, parents, and friends of the College.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Ability to move around campus and interact with faculty, staff, students, alumni and external constituencies regularly is crucial. Travel and work outside of normal business hours are required.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Associate Director, Friends of Athletics Fundraising and Communications - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


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A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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