Asst. Vice President for Annual Giving

Posted on 05/19/2022

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO


At Colorado College, our goal is to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Drawing upon the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, we challenge students, one course at a time, to develop those habits of intellect and imagination that will prepare them for learning and leadership throughout their lives.

Summary Description: 

The Assistant Vice President of Annual Giving is responsible for leading all areas of a comprehensive annual giving program for Colorado College. This dynamic leader will be responsible for creating, implementing, and evaluating a fundraising program whose purpose is to build a long-term base of support for the college. The AVP will determine strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and acknowledge annual giving donors and prospects. Aspects of the program include direct mail, digital communications, calling program, reunion giving, leadership annual giving, social crowdfunding, and the senior class gift.

Anticipated Salary Range: $70,070 to $94,595 per year


  • Plan, direct, and oversee all aspects of the college’s Annual Giving program, with focus on achieving annual fundraising goals and metrics; support pipeline development and implement industry best practices.
  • Provide strategic leadership in driving a best in class, multi-channel marketing and engagement program to acquire, re-activate, retain, and upgrade annual donors with a focus on expanding our base of support, and increasing the pipeline of major and planned giving donors.
  • Carry a portfolio of lead annual gift prospects, securing annual gifts of $10,000+.
  • Establish a culture of philanthropy during the student experience that carries into early and mid-career engagement and giving.
  • As a senior leader on the engagement team, partner with the directors of the alumni & family relations and events teams, to foster a culture of annual giving and engagement.
  • Identify and leverage college-wide opportunities to increase overall giving and participation among alumni, parents, students, faculty, and friends.
  • Recruit, hire, train, coach, mentor, develop, and provide problem-solving assistance for the annual giving team.
  • Oversee all budgets and operations related to annual giving.
  • Ensure the integrity of all data, in partnership with the operations team.
  • Closely collaborate with college and advancement communications to develop and maintain consistency of annual giving messaging used in solicitations, stewardship, volunteer work, and events. Ensure alignment with college brand standards.
  • In collaboration with advancement services, design, and maintain annual giving reporting to analyze trends and drive strategic planning of fundraising efforts.
  • Work with the stewardship team to develop and implement best in class gift acknowledgement and stewardship practices.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to best practices and current innovations in annual giving. Provide leadership to the advancement team for evolving fundraising innovations. Serve as the representative to all industry partner groups e.g., STAFF.
  • As a member of the Advancement senior staff, help to build strong team members who are personally and professionally satisfied and who contribute high quality work to advance the mission of the college.
  • Promote an environment and relationships with the campus community and guests that will reflect inclusion and respect for diversity and equitable practices.
  • Prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of leadership, programming, recruitment, communications and staffing.

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Actively support the college’s plan to be an antiracist institution by understanding, engaging with, and promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in the college community.
  • Promote a culture of safety and environmental protection by working in a safe manner; immediately reporting unsafe
    situations and accidents; following college procedures; and participating in appropriate safety training.
  • Demonstrate environmental sustainability by using college resources wisely and supporting the college’s sustainability
    initiatives and innovation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of eight years of experience in the advancement field or related experience including supervisory experience; strategic leader with demonstrated expertise and knowledge of annual giving fundraising strategies and tactics;
  • Highly organized with ability to interpret and communicate complex data sets and utilize analytic techniques and platforms, and data visualization tools;
  • Superb listening and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and develop positive relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds;
  • A commitment to high performance and teamwork;
  • Strong initiative and the ability to work collaboratively in a complex environment with deadlines.
  • The successful candidate with have an extraordinary attention to detail and ability to manage multiple competing priorities with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree.
  • An alumna/alumnus of Colorado College.

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