Regional Development Director

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time Allows remote

Bennington College is seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial and experienced fundraising professional to serve as a Regional Development Director. This frontline gift officer will shape the future of the College by preparing Bennington for an impending comprehensive campaign and building a culture of philanthropy.

Fundraising for Bennington’s top priorities, the Regional Development Director will manage a prospect portfolio of 125 – 150 in key geographic markets. You will work with up and coming philanthropists as well as loyal donors making gifts of a lifetime through strategic relationship management and partnering with members of the College’s senior administrative team, faculty and Institutional Advancement colleagues.

Qualifications Include:

  • A bachelor’s degree and five to six years of progressively increased fundraising experience.

  • Proven ability to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects with the potential to give at the $100k+ level (portfolio capacity will be $100k - $2.5M).

  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication.  Planning, organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills.

  • Comfort in dealing with a wide range of College constituencies.

  • Ability to apply good judgement; tact and discretion is required to deal with highly confidential information.

  • Proficiency with database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications.

  • Flexibility and the ability to work well within a team of highly motivated individuals required.

  • Requires successful background check.

  • Significant travel and weekend responsibilities are required.

This position is based in our Bennington, Vermont office. We will consider applicants from other regions who wish to work remotely.


The College

This fall, Forbes named Bennington one of "tomorrow's hot colleges" thanks to the College's dynamic new leadership and its progressive approach to education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. We aim to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes and believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity--in community and in curriculum--are vital to achieving those aims. Bennington College strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Bennington continues to inspire more voices, more experiences, and more points of view. In addition to recently welcoming one of the most diverse classes in the College’s history, Bennington is investing in the diversification of its faculty and staff to reflect the fullest possible range of experiences in this community.


Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains in Vermont, the campus consists of approximately 370 acres. The College was named one of ten with the best architecture by Architectural Digest.  From campus, it is a short drive to the cultural offerings of the northern Berkshires in Massachusetts, Albany, New York, and many of Vermont’s top recreational centers. New York City, Boston, and Burlington, Vermont are all within three and a half hours by car.