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Director of Leadership Gifts - Connecticut College

Company: Connecticut College
Date Posted: April 17, 2018

Director of Leadership Gifts

Reports to: Vice President for Advancement

Job Summary:

Connecticut College is conducting a national search for an inspirational leader possessing the charisma, poise and judgment to serve as spokesperson, influencer and natural connector across diverse audiences.  We seek an innovative, driven and successful fundraiser with knowledge of best practices in leadership gift donor cultivation and solicitation, board and volunteer development, project implementation and evaluation.  Reporting to the Vice President for College Advancement, the Director manages the Leadership Gifts program and plays a vital role in the development, implementation and successful completion of the College’s current $300 million comprehensive campaign.  Managing a national portfolio of leadership gift donors and prospects, the Director will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts from alumni, parents and friends of Connecticut College.

General Duties & Responsibilities:

The Director of Leadership Gifts will develop and implement a strategic plan to build the College’s relationship with individuals with the potential to make gifts of $50,000 or more.  Key responsibilities include supervising frontline Leadership Gift Officers and support staff, coordinating and supporting the President’s Leadership Council, regular interactions with faculty and administration, program evaluation and measuring progress toward benchmark goals.  The Director will partner with Alumni Engagement, Annual Giving, Donor Relations and Stewardship, Gift Planning and other Advancement teams in cultivating volunteers and donors.

Connecticut College educates students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society.  Because big questions inspire a broader vision, our Connections curriculum builds on the College’s longstanding strength in interdisciplinary scholarship.  Our students put the world together in new ways and learn to collaborate, innovate and solve new problems.  Our campus with 750 acres of arboretum is nestled in the historic New England seaport community of New London.


Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of seven years of a proven track record soliciting and closing leadership gifts.  Exceptional oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and alumni/donor databases.  Significant travel necessary to fulfill obligations of the position.

Required Documents:  Cover Letter, Resume

Applicant Credentialing: Thorough applicant credentialing, including criminal records check, will be conducted on the selected candidate.

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As a highly selective residential liberal arts college, Connecticut College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents and experiences.  We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups.   AA/EOE

Applications accepted through: 04/30/2018

  • Pay Type: Exempt (salaried)
  • Department: Advancement
  • Appointment Type: Continuing Full-Time
  • Hours Per Week: 37.5
  • Work Schedule: 52 weeks per year
  • Benefits Eligible: Full Benefits
  • Qualifies for relocation reimbursement: Yes