Assistant Director of Class Giving and Student Philanthropy

Assistant Director of Class Giving and Student Philanthropy - POSITION FILLED
Department:  College Advancement
Date:  08/09/2019


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:


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 the largest fundraising campaign ever at a liberal arts college—$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, 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 conduit for donors to get involved with the campaign. Thus far, more than 19,000 alumni and friends have made donations—collectively raising more than $449 million to date toward the Dare Northward campaign. Colby now ranks as a national leader among the nation’s colleges and universities in alumni giving participation. To learn about the Dare Northward campaign, visit  

Colby seeks a highly motivated assistant director of class giving and student philanthropy to oversee the senior class gift programming and the first and fifth reunions for the annual fund. This person is a relationship manager, fundraiser, and event planner. The assistant director of class giving and student philanthropy understands the fundamentals of volunteer management and has the ability to learn about best practices for solicitation and engagement strategies for increased annual fund gifts. A highly visible representative of the College, the assistant director of class giving and student philanthropy has a deep appreciation for the liberal arts college experience, and a strong personal commitment to Colby’s core values. This is an exciting and defining moment in Colby’s history, and the position offers a unique opportunity to be part of a transformational campaign. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.


  • Lead class giving for the assigned range of classes; identify, recruit, manage, and engage alumni volunteers with multifaceted skill sets to create a dynamic, diverse, and productive gift committee
  • Oversee all fundraising aspects of the first and fifth reunion programs, working to engage, steward, and solicit increased commitment and annual support in conjunction with their respective committees
  • Establish and advise the senior class gift committee; recruit and train all student volunteers, manage the solicitation schedule, plan and coordinate events, and track progress to goals by creating outcome reporting
  • Develop and maintain relationships with leaders of student campus organizations
  • Travel to meet key alumni to solicit increased commitments and to recruit for volunteer roles
  • Develop engagement strategies that increase connections with the College as well as promote and foster a sense of pride among young alumni and students
  • Build strong personal relationships with alumni, students, friends, and the College community; serve as an ambassador for Colby and advocate for annual support
  • Identify additional points of evaluation, metrics, and analyses necessary for the effective assessment and management of the student philanthropy and young alumni programs
  • Utilize emerging and existing technologies and social media to enrich communications with alumni and students
  • 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 of three years of solicitation or volunteer management experience is preferred
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to meet multiple simultaneous deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or students is strongly preferred
  • Proven collaboration skills to leverage activities, initiatives, and programs for multiple purposes
  • Highly developed computer skills including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with fundraising software such as Raiser’s Edge is desirable
  • Willingness to travel and work occasionally outside normal office hours
  • Appreciation of Colby’s mission and the ability to effectively communicate it
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
  • Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and positive attitude

Reporting to the senior associate director of class giving and programs, the assistant director of class giving and student philanthropy will have direct contact with the director of annual giving and advancement communications. This position will regularly collaborate with team members across College Advancement, as well as interact with key donors, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and students.


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. Some travel and work outside 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:

Assistant Director of Class Giving and Student Philanthropy - 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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