Director of Development

Posted on 01/20/2023

Quinsigamond Community College

Worcester, MA

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), the largest community college in Central Massachusetts serving over 13,000 students in degree and certificate programs, adult education and workforce development. QCC offers over 70 associate degree and certificate career options in Business, Health Care, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Human Services. Additionally, over 137 credit and 300 noncredit courses are offered online, as well as a wide variety of classroom non-credit courses, workshops, and seminars. Classes are provided on the main campus, in downtown Worcester (Healthcare, Workforce Development, Continuing Education), at the Worcester Senior Center (Hospitality & Recreation Management), at Burncoat High School (Automotive Technology), and in the city of Southbridge.

QCC is committed to 100% student success as evidenced by its ambitious strategic plan. This commitment is furthered by a college-wide Equity Appraisal-currently underway-designed to assist the College to better serve students who have historically been underserved and underrepresented in higher education.

QCC is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or services, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the college academic community.

The Director of Development will play a key role in the expansion of QCC’s fundraising program and alumni outreach and cultivation efforts. The Director will help to develop strategies and implement tactics that will successfully increase philanthropic support from key constituencies. The Director will focus on renewing and upgrading current donors, acquiring new donors, and increasing the overall giving participation rate among College alumni and other constituents.

The Director will manage communication and cultivation efforts for all College alumni, plan, and execute events.

Supervison Received: 

Reports to the Vice President of External Affairs

Supervision Exercised: 

Supervises support personnel as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive annual giving communication and solicitation plan for all College constituents aimed at increasing both donors and annual dollars raised; specific initiatives such as annual appeals, appeals to faculty and staff campaigns, and other select-segmented annual giving campaigns. Support stewardship activities for all donors. Collaborate with the College community to identify, refer, and steward major gift prospects.
  • Plan for and manage strategic growth in all phases of private sector support, including corporations, foundations, alumni, and others.
  • Provide strategic direction and management oversight of the Alumni Association Advisory Board. Identify alumni for volunteer and leadership roles. Oversee the continued development of the Alumni Association, its fundraising capabilities, and its ability to act as an advocate for the College in the community.
  • Responsible for all Alumni Relations and Annual Giving events. Responsible for strategic planning and logistical execution of other College and campaign events.
  • Work directly with Assistant Director of Operations to determine web content for Annual Giving programs, fundraising efforts and Alumni Relations.
  • Work directly with the Institutional Communications department to develop print and web communications to solicit and steward annual donors and prospects. Draft and send direct mail, email communications, and social media outreach and work with vendors to ensure the timely delivery of annual giving communications and solicitations.
  • Utilize reporting tools, campaign projections, and historical data to set and monitor annual fundraising goal progress for all constituencies.
  • Coordinate with various stakeholders in the College community to help foster select affinity alumni involvement and to advance all fundraising and stewardship goals.
  • Responsible for identifying and soliciting private funding from foundations and corporations to supplement existing resources and enhance program development, including grant writing, in coordination with the grants office.
  • Facilitate an annual giving program to obtain alumni and private sector support for the College from foundations, corporations, non-profit organizations, and individuals as part of a larger development strategy.
  • Actively supports the teaching and learning process; practicing honesty and integrity in and out of the classroom; striving to create a student-centered environment while fostering academic innovation and excellence.
  • Works actively with other areas of the College to ensure a spirit college-wide collaboration, collegiality, civility, and teamwork. Respects the function of dissent in an academic institution while advancing a collegial atmosphere of campus collaboration.
  • Embraces the ideals of diversity and inclusiveness and supporting the equal rights of all people by advancing the understanding and appreciation of differences, including age, race, gender, ability, religious convictions, socio-economic status ethnic heritage, or sexual orientation.
  • Provides flexible, responsive, and high quality service to all, be they students, community, or staff, and continuously assesses processes and procedures and revising accordingly.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Five years of experience in fundraising.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience leading projects from concept to full execution.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills in a fast-paced work environment.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Fundraising database knowledge and experience.
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies

Additional Information: 

Quinsigamond Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Quinsigamond Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Diversity, inclusion, and equity are core values at Quinsigamond Community College. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive, respectful, and equitable environment for all students, staff, and faculty. Every member on our college campus enriches our diversity. We support inclusion and are dedicated to ensuring equity in access to opportunities.

Quinsigamond Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

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