The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s
largest institution of higher education and consists of 13 colleges
and over 40 locations across the state, educating approximately
120,000 students annually. In addition, we train more than 4,000
Coloradans each year through various other programs. Our mission is
to provide an accessible, responsive learning environment where our
students can achieve their educational, professional and personal
goals in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity
and innovation. We are an organization that encourages
individuals to bring their whole selves to work.
We are hiring a Director of Major Gifts and Donor Engagement to
join the Colorado Community College System Foundation. In this
position you’ll develop and carry a portfolio of prospective
philanthropic donors to raise major gifts for CCCS’s strategic
objectives. This position designs and implements a strategic
development approach to determine potential donors’ financial
ability, capacity, and interest in making major gifts. You’ll
conduct one-on-one visits with donors for the purpose of
qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. CCCS
offers generous time off, excellent benefits, and flexible work
environments. If you’re looking for an exciting job opportunity
where you can use your fundraising skills to further Colorado
students’ higher education goals, this position may be for you!
Examples of Duties
- Identifying and conducting personal visits with key individual
and corporate prospects to determine capacity and interest in
making a major gift to CCCS.
- Cultivating potential gift prospects utilizing
relationship-based fundraising strategies including one-on-one
meetings, special group events, and other engagement
- Setting up, facilitating, and devising strategies for
face-to-face meetings with donors. You’ll identify donor
philanthropic interests, share giving opportunities, and close
- Working closely with constituents to advance donor
relationships, driving new/renewed giving, coordinating gift
arrangements and documentation, and overseeing stewardship of
- Carrying a portfolio of viable prospects. To do this, you’ll
identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects via one-on-one
meetings and other interactions to secure support for the Colorado
Community College System.
- Supporting CCCS’s programmatic priorities by soliciting major
gifts, either via one-on-one contacts, in concert with a key
volunteer, or with involvement of CCCS’s leadership.
- Bachelor’s degree in business, non-profit management,
marketing, social sciences or related field.
- Three years of professional level fundraising experience in a
higher education institution or non-profit setting or
Attributes that will contribute to success in this
Success in managing a portfolio of donors and solicitation of
prospects. Proven track record of success in closing gifts at the
Knowledge of major gift fundraising best practices and
Practiced in managing a major project, including
Passion for post-secondary education, especially community
Capable of traveling locally and nationally as necessary.
Ability to work flexible hours with occasional weekends and
Working knowledge of donor databases.
Relationship builder who can relate to persons of diverse
backgrounds, skills, and abilities.
Active listening skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills to include
outstanding persuasion and sales skills to influence potential
Flexible and able to adapt to meet the interests of differing
Ability to manage high-level confidential information with
integrity and sensitivity.
Ability to work collaboratively and successfully as a member of
a team as well as individually to solve problems, achieve common
goals, and produce positive results.
Ability to work under pressure and meet financial goals.
Creative thinker who is an analytical problem solver.
Detail oriented with excellent follow-through and able to
present themselves in a personable, professional and energetic
- This position is located at 9101 E. Lowry Blvd. Denver, CO
- Approximately 50-60% of time will include travel, primarily in
the Denver metro area. Must be able to travel to develop and
steward relationships with funders, colleges and college
foundations. While most travel will be within the state of
Colorado, travel outside of the state may be required.
All employees of the System Office have a choice to
submit a copy of their vaccination card or to agree to weekly
CCCS offers the options of alternative work arrangements
(remote work/adjusted schedules). Work must be completed
within the state of Colorado.
CCCS recognizes the importance of a workforce that is reflective of
our diverse student community which consists of 24.1% Hispanic,
5.6% Black/African American, 3.8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 0.7%
American Indian/Alaskan Native, 54.6% White, 58.3% Female, 41.7%
Male, and 8.1% Veterans. As such, we are interested in selecting
the best candidate from a diverse applicant pool.