Development Officer

Development Officer
Department:  College Relations Major Gifts
Date:  02/01/2012

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation enrolling 1825 students who represent 45 states and more than 67 countries on a beautiful 713 acre campus in central Maine. Colby seeks a:


Reporting to the Director of Capital Gifts and Gift Planning, the Development Gift Officer will proactively manage a pool of donors and prospects rated $50,000 or more as part of the Colby 2013 strategic initiative. The Development Officer works closely with the Colby Fund contact officers and Director of Parent's Programs to coordinate the solicitation of major gift prospects for Colby's Alumni and Parent Funds. In creating and implementing individual prospect action plans, s/he will partner with the Senior Philanthropic Advisor in devising comprehensive, donor-centered solicitations with alumni, parents and friends. The Development Officer should have 3-5 years of major gift fundraising experience or experience in serving as a representative of an institution with success in conducting face-to-face solicitations in a college, university or academic medical setting. Travel is required.

Qualifications include: Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred; 3-5 years major gift fundraising experience in a college, university or academic medical setting or success in making face-to-face solicitations on behalf of non-profit institutions; demonstrated success in soliciting and closing gifts; understanding of the moves management process and the ability to think and work strategically; appreciation of Colby's mission and the ability to effectively communicate it; superb written and oral communication skills; willingness and ability to travel and work outside normal working hours; an ability to make an impact in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment; an ability to work collaboratively in a complex environment; ability to form and maintain positive relationships with a broad range of individuals and commitment to treating all members of the community with respect; must be willing to travel, a valid Driver's License and must be eligible to be certified by the College's automobile insurance carrier; an entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of humor and positive attitude.

Interested candidates may apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button below or please submit your letter of application, resume and the names and telephone numbers of three references to:

Search Committee – Development Officer

Colby College

Human Resources

5500 Mayflower Hill

Waterville, ME 04901-8855

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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