Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Centre College
in the search for an Executive Director of Annual Giving and Donor
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development and
Alumni Engagement, the Executive Director of Annual Giving and
Donor Experience will lead a comprehensive, multi-channel annual
giving campaign, balancing high level strategy and organizational
leadership with tactical efforts to create and successfully execute
fundraising solicitations. The Executive Director will utilize
strong strategic thinking skills and the ability to present
compelling cases for support to campus constituents including
alumni, current and past parents, and friends of the college to
increase philanthropy and deepen engagement.
Centre College was founded by Presbyterian leaders and officially
chartered by the Kentucky Legislature on January 21, 1819. The name
reflects the college’s location in the geographic center of
Kentucky. Instruction began in Old Centre—the college’s first
building—in the fall of 1820 with a faculty of two and a student
body of five. Today, there are approximately 1,400 students and 150
full-time faculty members dedicated to the mission of preparing
students for lives of learning, leadership, and service.
Centre College is committed to providing a deeply engaging,
intensely personal education with guaranteed opportunities for all
students to explore the world, gain on-the-job experience, and
conduct research alongside their professors. It is easy for
students to make their mark at Centre. With over 85 clubs and
organizations, 25 NCAA Division III athletics teams, and more than
2,000 events each year, there is always something to do, somewhere
to go, and someone to cheer on.
Centre helps to ensure success after graduation from day one. The
Center for Career & Professional Development offers personal
coaching to help students explore majors and careers, find summer
jobs and internships, work on resumes and cover letters for
graduate schools and jobs, and network with alumni. Personal
attention from outstanding professors allows students to progress
faster. The 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means professors know
students by name and can offer personalized support.
With a variety of international study options that broaden student
perspectives while providing a competitive advantage in the global
economy, Centre is ranked among the top in the nation for
percentage of students who study abroad with 85% of Centre students
taking advantage of the opportunities available.
Centre’s nearly 14,000 alumni are fiercely loyal and eager to help
students make valuable job contacts in almost any field and
location imaginable. Memorable alumni from the past include two
U.S. Vice Presidents, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, and a
founder of the Hard Rock Café. More recent alumni are equally
distinguished and love to talk to Centre students.
College Raptor, a college planning platform, has
recognized Centre College among some of the nation’s best colleges
and universities. Centre was named a 2024 “Hidden Gem” and was
recognized as the no. 1 “gem” in the state of Kentucky. It is also
one of the top-ranked colleges in the Southeast and a top-five
Division III college in the rankings. The 2023 edition of The
Princeton Review’s guide to America’s “Best 389 Colleges”
recognizes Centre College as one of the best in the country.
Professors took center stage for the college in its rankings:
Centre faculty ranked 13th in the country as “Professors Get High
Marks,” and ranked 24th nationally for “Most Accessible
Professors.” Earlier in the year, the publication listed Centre as
one of the Best Value Colleges for 2023.
Centre College pledges continuing efforts to build and strengthen a
community enriched by differences and founded upon common humanity.
Centre respects the right of all members of the community to
express their individuality in a manner that is consistent with the
dignity and welfare of others. Centre strives to create an
environment where differences are celebrated rather than
discouraged, where individuals can exchange ideas and share in the
richness of mutual experience.
A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and
experience is preferred for this position as is at least three
years of fundraising experience within a higher education or a
non-profit setting. Centre College will consider candidates with a
broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and
feel that you can contribute to Centre College, but your experience
does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we
encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied
by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to
the mission of Centre College as well as the responsibilities and
qualifications presented in the prospectus.
The salary for this position is $75,000 to $100,000 annually and
includes a bonus structure based on performance.
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