Leadership Giving Officer

Vermont, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Leadership Giving Officer

About Champlain College:
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, private, not-for-profit college in Burlington, Vermont overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Its career-driven approach to higher education prepares students for professional life from their very first semester. For the fifth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2020 regional rankings and listed among The Princeton Review's "The Best 385 Colleges" in 2020. Champlain is also featured in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain and is recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction for its "Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes. The College offers 30 undergraduate degrees as well as online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

Champlain's Centers of Experience provide students from across all majors with experiential learning environments that guide them in how to take their classroom knowledge and put it to the test in practical applications allowing them to gain real-world experience firsthand. Each Center connects Champlain to the local community and the world, turning theory into practice. The Centers entrust students with responsibility, engage them in ambitious goals and empower them to lead with creativity, confidence, insight, and integrity. At the helms of the Centers are cutting-edge industry professionals who share the goal of providing the most relevant, career-focused education, enriched with hands-on learning opportunities.

Job Description:
Champlain College, named a "Most Innovative School," seeks a dynamic and skilled Leadership Giving Officer (LGO) capable of securing and stewarding restricted and unrestricted gifts to drive transformative change across the institution. The successful candidate will excel at raising donor sights, building a culture of philanthropy, and articulating aspirational goals and ideas to internal and external audiences.

The LGO is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of current and potential donors with the capacity to make gifts of $50,000+. They will create and sustain meaningful relationships with donors and work collaboratively with the Advancement team, key parent and alumni volunteers, school leadership, and faculty to develop and implement proposals and gift opportunities that maximize individual support of the College. In addition to working with donors in an assigned region, the LGO will have the opportunity to lead events, develop high-level strategies for special constituencies, and/or work on special projects related to institutional priorities.

This self-directed and goal-oriented individual will have experience exhibiting sensitivity to the needs of high-net-worth individuals. They will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse community of donors, staff and faculty in an innovative and professionally oriented academic environment. The high-energy candidate will have: strong organizational skills and an impeccable work ethic; the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously; personal initiative and achievement against goals; exceptional verbal and written communications skills, engaging interpersonal skills, and a great sense of humor.


  • Develop relationships with major prospects ($50,000+) to secure financial support for institutional priorities and the Champlain Fund
  • Manage existing donors, qualify new donors, and build a portfolio, including stewardship and solicitation
  • Gather data to assess prospects and develop and implement long-term and short-term strategies to realize prospects' giving potential
  • Build a knowledge base of Champlain College and Champlain College Online that can be used to assist prospective donors in clarifying how they direct their philanthropy
  • Assist with recruitment of key volunteers to ensure a strong and diverse volunteer network, including Parents Advisory Council and Alumni Leadership Board
  • Participate in the development of institutional narrative, cultivation events, and reports
  • Create and develop new initiatives within a growing advancement office

Bachelor's degree required, along with a minimum of five (5) years of increasingly successful experience in fundraising or related work in education, non-profit, or similar setting. Professional experience in both current-use and capital gift fundraising, knowledge of deferred giving vehicles, and entrepreneurial spirit is highly desirable. Demonstrated proficiency in Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and preferred experience with donor/client relational databases (Blackbaud).

Additional Information:
The successful completion of a criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.

Application materials must include a resume/CV and a letter of interest (Cover Letter) specifically addressing the desired qualifications.

Champlain College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, veteran or military service status, HIV -positive status, qualified disability, or on the basis of any other status protected by law, and does not discriminate in the administration of its education and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices or co-curricular and other College-administered programs. Champlain College will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students, applicants for admission or employment, or employees. Please contact the People Center at 802.651.5800 with questions concerning the hiring process or future employment at Champlain College, or if auxiliary aids or services are needed to apply for employment at Champlain College.

Champlain College is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain strives to be diverse and inclusive in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community are valued as individuals.

The College seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, teaching or research can contribute to the diversity, inclusivity and academic excellence of Champlain College. Please include information about how you would contribute to these efforts and help to further this goal in your letter of interest/cover letter.

Application Instructions:
In order to be considered for the position, you must upload a resume.

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