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Executive Director of Development

About Berkshire Community College:

Berkshire Community College (BCC) has the distinction of being the first community college established in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Nestled in the scenic Berkshire Hills, our nearly 2,000 students have access to a wide range of career and transfer programs on our newly renovated campus. Occupying a scenic 180-acre property, just minutes from downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, BCC provides students from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds with an intimate learning environment, small class sizes, and much opportunity for interaction with faculty. Berkshire County was home to many forward-thinking historic figures including, W.E.B. DuBois, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth (Mumbet) Freeman, all of whom were pioneers of social justice. The Berkshires contain both rural and urban elements, combining a beautiful natural environment with world class museums and other cultural opportunities. Pittsfield and Berkshire County continue to evolve, with immigrants from over 70 countries now calling the Berkshires their home. BCC seeks to recruit diverse employees who embrace, as well as demonstrate, a commitment to diversity and inclusion and whose experiences and perspectives model the opportunities and success derived from a college education.

Job Description:

About the Executive Director of Development:

Are you driven by a mission to make a lasting impact? Are you passionate about equity and education? If so, we invite you to join our team as the Executive Director of Development. This pivotal role connects donors' interests and passions with the needs of BCC, fueling the College's mission and expanding its reach.

In partnership with the College President and the Berkshire Community College Foundation Board of Directors, the Executive Director of Development provides visionary leadership for all fundraising initiatives. You will craft and execute strategic plans for internal and external fundraising activities, building and nurturing relationships with individuals, businesses, and foundations to achieve ambitious giving goals. Your focus will support the College's equity agenda.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage comprehensive development strategies, focusing on annual giving, donor cultivation, stewardship programs, planned giving, and utilizing cutting-edge technology for communication and fundraising tracking.
  • Support a volunteer-driven Foundation Board of Directors that manages an investment portfolio, Foundation budget, and development efforts. The Board meets quarterly.
  • Collaborate with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at BCC on fundraising efforts, planned gifts, and database management.
  • Partner with the Director of Marketing and Communications to produce impactful materials that highlight the College's achievements and needs.
  • Provide direction and leadership to a lean team, including the Manager of Development Operations.
  • Lead the search to fill a vacant fundraiser position.
  • Plan for the addition of another fundraising position, to be filled in FY26.
  • Serve as a key advisor to the President, contributing to the strategic vision as a member of the President's Cabinet.


  • Proven success in development roles, including annual fund management, major gift solicitation, and individual/corporate/foundation relations.
  • Focus on community engagement, with a willingness to represent the College at relevant events and meetings.
  • Proficiency in fundraising databases (Raiser's Edge preferred) and digital data tracking.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable interactions and leadership practices.
  • Proven ability to identify and pursue fundraising goals and initiatives that narrow equity gaps.
  • Experience in designing and implementing strategies that support the diverse needs of our community.
  • Commitment to building relationships with donors and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, valuing their perspectives and contributions.
  • Exceptional skills in prospecting, cultivating, and managing donor relationships.
  • Creative writing ability for producing compelling fundraising materials.
  • Strong management, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in assessing and communicating the impact of development efforts.
  • Leadership experience in fundraising or development settings.
  • Commitment to equity-minded and community-centric fundraising.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the community college mission.
  • Bachelor's degree required; master's preferred, with at least five years of leadership experience in fundraising/development.


Additional Information:

Source of Funding: State Funded
Salary: $110,000 - $125,000
Area of Assignment: Office of the President
Effective Date:  Summer/early Fall 2024

Pursuant to the Clery Act of 1990 a copy of Berkshire Community College's security report is available on the BCC Website.

BCC is committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment that values the diverse backgrounds of all people and encourages applications from individuals whose experiences and perspectives model the opportunities and success derived from a college education.

Berkshire Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, military service, and national origin in its education programs or employment. All inquiries concerning application of the above should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates are invited to apply confidentially through the College's online portal by submitting a cover letter and detailed resume. Finalists will be asked to provide at least three references.

Application review begins on July 8, 2024, and continues until the position is filled.

Join us at BCC and help shape the future of education in the Berkshires!

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