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Leadership Giving Officer

Colby College
Maine, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 13, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Colby College in the search for a Leadership Giving Officer.

Reporting to the Director of Leadership and Planned Giving, the Leadership Giving Officer will manage a robust portfolio of prospects for gifts of $100,000 and above as a critical component of Colby’s Dare Northward campaign. The Leadership Giving Officer will build and grow the College’s prospect pool, create action plans for developing relationships with these prospective donors, partner with the Colby Fund team and the Director of Parent Giving, and create opportunities for the President, trustees, faculty, and staff to engage in the fundraising program. The Leadership Giving Officer will develop solicitation strategies in collaboration with the Director of Leadership and Planned Giving.

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th oldest liberal arts college in the United States. Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby is a global institution with students representing nearly every U.S. state and almost 70 countries. Approximately 2,000 undergraduate students can choose from 54 distinctive majors and 30 minors. Colby provides an intimate, vibrant, and fully integrated academic, residential, and cocurricular experience in a diverse and supportive community. With a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, students build relationships with professors that go beyond the classroom and lead to conducting research together or career and grad school opportunities.

The College’s wide variety of programs and labs provides students and the community access to unique experiences. The Colby College Museum of Art is the finest college museum in the country, and paired with the Lunder Institute for American Art, has made the College a nationally and internationally recognized center for art scholarship. DavisConnects, a program that grew from the global pandemic, prepares Colby students for lifelong success by integrating Colby's leading liberal arts education with unique internship, research, or global experiences for every student, regardless of their personal and financial networks. The 350,000 square-foot Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, which opened in 2020, provides the NCAA Division III athletes with the most advanced and comprehensive facilities in the division. And the most recent addition to the 714-acre campus is the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which is the first such institute at a liberal arts college.

Colby College is regularly recognized as a leading educational institution. U.S. News & World Report rated it the 11th best liberal arts college in the U.S., 16th for “Best Value”, and 18th for “Most Innovative.” Colby was also ranked 37th among 214 liberal arts colleges in the U.S. by Washington Monthly and 75th overall in Forbes America’s Top Colleges ranking of 650 military academies, national universities, and liberal arts colleges. The same publication named Colby 32nd among liberal arts colleges. NECHE (New England Commission of Higher Education) gave the College an A+ for academics, administration, food, campus quality, and diversity. Colby was also ranked 13th by the 2011 Sierra Club rankings of “America’s coolest schools.”

Colby College offers a wide range of resources that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus including the Pugh Center, an integral resource and catalyst for engagement and advocacy that supports the College’s fundamental goal of academic excellence through cultivating an inclusive and equitable campus community; the First-Generation-to-College Program for Student Success which supports students and their families throughout their Colby career; and the Ralph J. Bunche Scholars Program, named in honor of Nobel Prize-winning diplomat and civil rights activist Ralph J. Bunche, which offers a select group of students of color exclusive access to leadership development opportunities and grants for independent scholarship, internships, or humanitarian projects.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least three years of fundraising or related experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Colby College as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

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