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Director of Family Philanthropy

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The College is seeking a highly motivated director of family philanthropy at an exciting and defining moment in Colby’s history. This key position offers a unique opportunity to be part of an ambitious and transformational campaign. Reporting to the assistant vice president for presidential initiatives and principle gifts, the position will help oversee the solicitation of Colby’s families. The director should have comprehensive experience in and an understanding of leadership and annual giving solicitation and of the many ways in which families rely upon and can contribute to the College. The director will proactively manage a portfolio of individual parent donors and prospects, seeking gifts in support of College priorities at $100,000 and above as part of a program of appealing, special, and diverse giving opportunities for Colby parents. A highly visible representative of the College, the director should have a deep appreciation for the liberal arts college experience and a strong personal commitment to Colby’s core values. The director of family philanthropy oversees and directs a small staff group. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Manage a pool of 100 families with the capacity to make gifts of $100,000 and more; responsible for the cultivation and solicitation of these families, as well as for ensuring appropriate stewardship

  • Develop strategies and written proposals to encourage family leadership support of the Dare Northward campaign

  • Work with the director of leadership and planned giving as well as the prospect research and analysis, donor relations, and leadership gifts teams to develop solicitation priorities, measures of success, and strategies for principal and leadership-gift-level parent prospects including engaging the president and other senior leadership as appropriate

  • Identify additional points of evaluation, metrics, and analyses necessary for the assessment and management of Colby’s parent leadership donors

  • Meet with families each fiscal year to achieve annual personal and team revenue goals; visits to include principal, leadership, annual, and senior gift solicitations and organizational and cultivation visits with parent prospects

  • Create opportunities to engage the resident, trustees, visitors, campaign volunteers, faculty, and staff members in the cultivation and, where appropriate, the solicitation of current and potential donors

  • Enhance family engagement goals by attending events as needed

  • Build strong personal relationships with parents and the College community; travel frequently to regional areas, soliciting gifts as appropriate; and serve as an ambassador for Colby and advocate and spokesperson for leadership support

  • Working closely with prospect research and analysis team to identify and suggest management for incoming prospects

  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice

  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience

  • At least five years of fundraising experience in a college, university, or similar setting with success in cultivating, soliciting, and closing annual and major gift solicitations

  • Superb verbal and written communication skills

  • Exceptional organizational skills, ability to consistently meet simultaneous deadlines and follow-through on assignments in a timely manner, and attention to detail

  • Prior experience working with staff and volunteers, the ability to manage complex relationships, and proven collaboration and teamwork skills in a diverse community to leverage activities, initiatives, and programs for multiple purposes

  • Understanding of the Moves Management process and ability to think and work strategically

  • Proficiency with fundraising/alumni relations databases and technology

  • Willingness to travel and to work hours outside the normal working day (i.e., nights and weekends)

  • Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements

  • Appreciation of Colby’s mission and the ability to effectively communicate it

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a positive attitude


This position will have direct contact with the director of leadership and planned giving, vice president and chief institutional advancement officer, chief campaign officer, president, trustees, senior administration, key faculty, and staff members across campus. The position also requires interaction with students, visitors, and outside constituencies. from candidates.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Ability to move around campus and interact with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external constituencies regularly is crucial. Travel and work outside of normal business hours are required.


Successful and satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check). All students, faculty, and staff who are present on campus must be vaccinated and boostered against COVID-19, unless granted an exemption or accommodation by the College.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

For more information about the College, please visit our website: .


Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th oldest liberal arts college in the United States.

Distinctive in its offerings, Colby provides an intimate, undergraduate-focused learning environment with a breadth of programs presenting students and faculty with unparalleled opportunities. A vibrant and fully integrated academic, residential, and cocurricular experience is sustained by a diverse and supportive community. Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby is a global institution with students representing nearly every U.S. state and approximately 70 countries.

Colby’s model provides the scale and impact of larger universities coupled with intensive learning in a community committed to scholarship and discovery, multidisciplinary approaches to integrated learning, study in the liberal arts, and leading-edge programs addressing the world’s most complex challenges. Its network of partnerships with prestigious cultural, research, medical, and business institutions extends educational and scholarly collaborations, providing students with unmatched experiences leading to postgraduate success.

The College’s wide variety of programs and labs provides students and the community access to unique experiences: the Colby College Museum of Art, the finest college art museum in the country, and the Lunder Institute for American Art have made the College a nationally and internationally recognized center for art scholarship; DavisConnects prepares students for lifelong success by combining a forward-thinking liberal arts education with extensive internship, research, and global opportunities for all students regardless of their personal networks and financial circumstances; and the 350,000-square-foot Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, is the most advanced and comprehensive NCAA D-III facility in the country. In fall 2021, Colby opened the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the first such institute at a liberal arts college. Colby’s new Island Campus, consisting of Allen and Benner islands, gives Colby a significant presence on the coast of Maine for a wide range of academic programs and activities and undisturbed environments ideal for conducting interdisciplinary experiences.

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