Director of Leadership Annual Giving

Director of Leadership Annual Giving
Department:  College Advancement
Date:  02/28/2020


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

The director of leadership annual giving will manage the solicitation and engagement of leadership-level donors to Colby’s annual fund (Colby Fund). This position will be responsible for maintaining a portfolio of mid- to high-level prospects and cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding leadership annual gifts. As a highly visible representative of the College, the director of leadership annual giving 1813 Society will possess a deep appreciation for the liberal arts college experience and a strong personal commitment to Colby’s core values. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Expand leadership annual fund prospects and gifts as part of a high-growth area and key component of Colby’s comprehensive campaign–Dare Northward
  • Qualify, cultivate, and solicit alumni capable of making leadership annual gifts at the $2,500 to $99,999 level
  • Devise and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies and meet activity goals by planning, managing, and maintaining an active travel schedule of 140-150 donor visits per year
  • Recruit, supervise, and manage the efforts of the 1813 Society Committee and 1813 Society Ambassadors; work with these volunteers to promote peer-to-peer gift cultivation and solicitation
  • Partner with the director of annual giving to create an annual strategic plan for the 1813 Society and work with the Colby Fund staff to create and manage project plans as needed
  • Set mutually agreed upon annual goals and metrics for success with the leadership Colby Fund officer, help them achieve those goals, and hold them accountable for meeting established objectives
  • Develop and manage leadership annual giving written solicitations within the context of Colby Fund communications
  • Partner with leadership, principal gift, and gift planning officers to provide support for their annual fund outreach
  • Develop and manage a sophisticated stewardship plan and work with the Office of Donor Relations to review and update stewardship plan on an annual basis
  • Identify additional points of evaluation, metrics, and analysis necessary for the assessment and management of Colby’s annual giving donors
  • Articulate the importance of unrestricted leadership annual gifts to Colby’s success
  • Mentor and supervise the leadership Colby Fund officer including recruiting, training, and evaluating
  • Develop and implement retention strategies to upgrade donors; recognize disinterested donors and devise strategies to redirect their interests
  • Participate in events and programs in support of advancement activities; engage key volunteers and effectively utilize events and other activities to move solicitations forward
  • Conduct appropriate stewardship activities to further enhance the relationship between assigned donors and Colby; initiate and maintain contact to promote positive donor relations
  • Act as a liaison between various College departments and donors
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Bachelor degree or the equivalent in education and experience
  • 3-5 years fundraising experience in a college, university, of similar setting with success in making direct solicitations
  • 1-3 years of experience working with volunteer groups to galvanize their support around a philanthropic initiative(s) in a higher education or non-profit setting preferred
  • Prior experience directly supervising employees, analyzing performance, and providing feedback
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple simultaneous deadlines and to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be flexible, have great attention to detail, show initiative, and have a results-driven philosophy with the ability to problem-solve
  • Unflappable in the face of multiple challenges, highly motivated, disciplined work ethic, a competitive spirit, a creative approach, and a proven ability to lead
  • Excellent organizational skills including experience independently overseeing complex projects and programs
  • Highly developed computer skills including experience with fundraising software such as Raiser's Edge
  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis and to work nights and weekends during specific times of the year (Homecoming, Reunion, Graduation, etc.)
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
  • Appreciation of Colby’s mission and the ability to effectively communicate it
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and proactive attitude
  • Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements

Reporting to the director of annual giving, the director of leadership annual giving will have direct contact with division leadership, leadership gift officers, president, trustees, senior administration, alumni, parents, and key faculty members.


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:

Director of Leadership Annual Giving - 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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