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Development Director

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About CCRI and the Role

Position Title

Development Director


Institutional Advancement

Position Category

Staff - NonClassified

About CCRI

The Community College of Rhode Island is New England’s largest community college, and a nationally-recognized leader in catalyzing student success and achievement for recent high school graduates and returning adults alike.

We provide affordable, open access to higher education, and we deliver on our mission to offer all students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth.

Diversity is our strength. We champion equity, and we celebrate, support and thrive on the diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives that are represented across our four campuses.

We strive to hire and retain culturally competent faculty and staff whose demographics are reflective of our diverse student body. To learn more about our employees’ values and what it means to work here, learn about our Guiding Principles here .

Job Summary

The Development Director will develop relationships, secure philanthropic commitments and steward donors and prospects for CCRI Foundation in support of the Community College of Rhode Island.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Design and implement comprehensive cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for leadership and planned giving donors and prospects—-including individuals, corporations and foundations—-to establish a sustainable donor pipeline that helps to meet CCRI Foundation’s annual fundraising goals.
  • Lead the institutional grants program and direct liaison to state, federal and private funding sources; works closely with Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, President’s Council and senior leadership in developing annual priorities and plans for grants projects.
  • Assess philanthropic opportunities to the institution that maximize giving potential of leadership giving prospects that include a combination of annual, capital, gift planning and corporate and foundation support.
  • Oversee and conduct research to identify prospects and create strategies to match prospect interests with institutional priorities and plans; utilize prospect management systems and other resources to appropriately manage donors, prospects, alumni and volunteers.
  • Develop negotiation and solicitation strategies to close leadership gifts; strategically enlist institutional leaders and/or volunteers in securing gifts.
  • Research, write and prepare highly persuasive and compelling cases for support, such as appeals, personal solicitations, proposals, grants and other communication materials; adhere to high standards of accuracy and grammar.
  • Conduct regular outreach with institutional partners to stay abreast of program updates, latest news and need for support; and create impact stories and reports for donors and prospects to support content in acknowledgements, appeals, proposals and other print and digital communications.
  • Develop and execute effective communications, events and outreach strategies that elevate the visibility of the institution and generate philanthropic support to help meet and surpass performance targets and revenue goals.
  • Provide leadership, direction and training to faculty, staff, volunteers and others in support of the development goals; and coordinate program-based development strategies, goals and activities to integrate with the overall fundraising program.
  • Assist in short and long term strategic planning activities to create and implement fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Work collaboratively with others in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Conduct role with deep understanding of, and commitment to, the philosophy and mission of the college and its diverse employees, students and alumni.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Five or more years of fundraising experience with demonstrated success in securing gifts and/or significant commitments; corporate sales and marketing experience is transferrable.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic/administrative leadership, faculty, alumni, prospects, donors, volunteers and other key stakeholders in a variety of roles.
  • Advanced community relations skills and ability effectively communicate with diverse constituencies.
  • Must possess highly effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to conduct, research, gather data, analyze information and prepare effective, accurate and timely reports and other documents to support development objectives.
  • Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • A high degree of attention to detail and accuracy of work.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development.
Competencies and Desired Qualifications
  • Familiarity with fundraising and technology resources to assist with research, identification, tracking and managing leadership prospects (LinkedIn, wealth engine, Lexis Nexis, PPL )
  • Experience with Blackbaud products (Raiser’s Edge, Research Point).
Position Details

Position Information





Pay Grade

BOE 15

Salary Information

Anticipated starting salary based on experience: $80,000-$95,000


Full-time employees enjoy an array of benefits, including:

• Comprehensive Health Benefits and Rewards for Wellness Incentives
• Paid Time Off
• Parental Leave
• In-State Tuition Waivers
• Legal Care Insurance

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Collective Bargaining Unit

Reports To

Associate Vice President Institutional Advancement & College Relations

Permanent/Limited position


Position End Date

Academic/Calendar Year


Work Schedule Information

Campus Location

Primarily located at the Lincoln Campus

Civil Service List position

Environmental Conditions

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Licenses, Tools and Equipment

Posting Details

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Number of Vacancies


Application Open Date


Application Close Date


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Special Instructions to Applicants

If attaching a resume complete with education history and/or employment history, please
disregard these sections within the online application.

Finalists may be required to provide official college transcripts.

Disability Accommodations

CCRI is committed to ensuring the full participation of all applicants throughout the recruitment process. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you should require an accommodation during the application process, please notify the Department of Institutional Equity and Human Resources prior to the closing of the posting by calling (401) 825-2311 or emailing

EEO Statement

CCRI prohibits students, employees, contractors, volunteers, and visitors (collectively, “community members”) from engaging in discrimination and harassment based on any individual’s race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, and any other legally protected characteristic. This prohibition applies to CCRI’s educational programs and activities—including admissions—as well as all employment actions, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, and benefits. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination shall be referred to CCRI’s Title IX Coordinator at

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report campus crime data, support victims of violence, and publicly outline the policies and procedures they have put into place to improve campus safety.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * In order to improve CCRI's advertising strategy, please let us know where you FIRST learned of this job opportunity. Please be specific when using website or publication names (example: LinkedIN, HigherEdjobs, Chronicle, personal referral, etc.).

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents



The Community College of Rhode Island is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs. We meet the wide-ranging educational needs of our diverse student population, building on our rich tradition of excellence in teaching and our dedication to all students with the ability and motivation to succeed. We set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, champion diversity, respond to community needs, and contribute to our state’s economic development and the region’s workforce.

CCRI offers the lowest tuition of any college in the state, and we’re dedicated to providing open access to Rhode Islanders who want the knowledge, skills, and training necessary to enter high-quality careers or transfer to four-year institutions.

From its modest beginning with 325 students in 1964, CCRI has grown to include four full-service campuses and two satellite campuses, serving approximately 18,000 students. Campuses are located throughout the state in Lincoln, Providence, Warwick and Newport.

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