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Assistant Director of Athletics Fundraising

Colby College
Maine, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 10, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description Department:

Annual Giving

Pay Rate Type:


Job Summary:

Division of College Advancement
Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment


Over the past five years, outreach efforts to communicate the value and impact of a Colby education have resulted in more than doubling the number of students seeking admission to Colby and setting several institutional records for funds raised. Major initiatives made possible through Colby’s campaign, Dare Northward, are enriching the student experience and positioning Colby’s home city, Waterville, as a destination for the arts and culture.


Propelled by visionary leadership, a compelling array of initiatives, and record fundraising in fiscal year 2017, Colby launched the largest fundraising campaign ever at a liberal arts college—$750 million—in October 2017. With the success of the Dare Northward campaign, 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 the educational sector; a welcoming, thriving, and dynamic surrounding community; increased global connections and resulting perspectives; the richest set of universal student experiences to enhance the Colby academic program; and the capacity to support the postgraduate success of every one of their students.


Thus far, more than 24,000 alumni and friends have made donations in support of initiatives such as the downtown Waterville revitalization, academic partnerships, financial aid, and global experiences and internships—collectively raising more than $650 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 Colby Dare Northward campaign, visit


Current use giving through the Colby Fund supports critical areas of the College including athletics and recreation and raises $10M+ annually. The assistant director of athletics fundraising will help drive forward an annual athletics fundraising plan, including appeals, content generation, volunteer mobilization, and direct solicitation of donors. The assistant director will collaborate with partners across the Division of College Advancement and the Department of Athletics to recruit and cultivate active volunteers to ensure that the Friends of Athletics funds meet financial targets of $1.25M+ annually and to increase athletics engagement. The successful candidate will work closely with 32 varsity programs, club sports, and recreation services to plan and execute creative strategies and overall operations centered around sources of athletics gifts specific to current-use funding. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.



  • Develop fiscal year engagement and fundraising goals for varsity teams, club sports, and recreation services in collaboration with the senior director of annual giving
  • Partner with divisional colleagues and Department of Athletics designated liaisons to mobilize coaches and volunteers to meet fundraising goals
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward alumni and families in support of athletics
  • Articulate the importance of unrestricted annual gifts to Colby’s success in verbal and written communications
  • Engage Advancement communications and Athletics communications to develop collateral materials to support athletic fundraising inclusive of event invitations, annual fund solicitations, and brochures
  • Collaborate with the Colby Fund team to develop and execute strategy and content for Friends of Athletics during mass annual giving micro-campaigns including a dedicated athletics fundraising challenge
  • Share athletics and recreation updates, milestone anniversaries, and current use fundraising needs with divisional colleagues to advance athletics fundraising efforts
  • Work with the senior director of annual giving to determine a comprehensive advancement plan inclusive of constituent engagement, communications, events, solicitation, and stewardship for each sport
  • Attend athletics games and events regularly
  • 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 1-3 years of fundraising experience; athletics annual giving/fund management and/or non-profit annual giving experience highly preferred
  • Flexibility, excellent attention to detail, initiative, and a results-driven philosophy with the ability to problem-solve
  • Highly motivated, disciplined work ethic, a competitive drive, an entrepreneurial spirit, a creative approach, a positive attitude, and a proven ability to work within diverse teams
  • Excellent organizational skills including experience independently overseeing and executing complex projects and programs in a timely manner
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required including the ability to write in multiple styles/voices and proactively edit as necessary
  • Appreciation of Colby’s mission and the ability to effectively communicate it to constituencies
  • Discretion and good judgment with confidential information
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community and make an impact in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment
  • Willingness and ability to work outside normal working hours
  • Must be willing to travel; valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements



Reporting to the senior director of annual giving, the assistant director will have significant interaction with the entire Division of College Advancement; the Department of Athletics, including the vice president and Harold Alfond Director of Athletics and coaching staff; senior leadership of the College; Office of Communications, as well as alumni, parents, and friends of the College.



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" button on the Colby Careers 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 Athletics Fundraising - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME  04901-8855

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