Director of Major Gifts
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Pomona
College in the search for a Director of Major Gifts.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, the Director of Major Gifts will provide leadership, set strategic direction for the department, and be charged with generating new revenue for Pomona College for annual fundraising, and in preparation for the most aspirational, comprehensive capital campaign in the history of the College. The Director will be a critical leader in the building and growth of a sustainable donor pipeline while strengthening opportunities for securing major and principal gifts, managing a personal portfolio of prospects, and leading a high-performing and data-driven major gifts team to support a successful multi-year campaign. The Director will be an inspiring fundraising leader and advocate for the value of a liberal arts education and will support the college’s senior leadership in launching campus initiatives and promoting a donor-centric model of sustained fundraising.
Established in 1887, Pomona College is a private liberal arts college that offers a comprehensive curriculum, with 48 majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. One of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, Pomona is a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and artists who are passionate about making a difference in the world. There are approximately 1,477 students who come to Pomona from 61 nations and 49 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
With a student-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, Pomona students work closely with their professors in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field. And its location—within an hour of Los Angeles and the mountains, desert, and beaches—provides countless opportunities for field study, research, and internships.
Pomona College is committed to advancing the diversity of its community. Its campus, like many others across the nation, is navigating a critical turning point on issues of diversity and inclusivity. As a globally recognized institution in Southern California—a region at the forefront of diversity, openness and innovation—it must lead the way. A diverse student body and curriculum gives Pomona students unique and important opportunities for intellectual, emotional, and ethical growth. It provides them with the necessary tools to face the challenges of today’s world—political divisiveness, social upheaval, and structural inequities—creatively and to build communities and organizations that are open, vibrant, and diverse.
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is seven years of advancement experience with increasing leadership responsibilities in the area of major gift fundraising. Experience working on a comprehensive, large-scale capital campaign within a higher education setting is a plus. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Pomona College–to educate students of exceptional promise and to guide their contributions as the next generation of leaders, scholars, artists, and engaged members of society to fulfill the vision of the college’s founders: to bear their added riches in trust for all.