Leadership Gift Officer

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College is seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial and motivated leadership gift officer.  In collaboration with a dynamic new leadership team at both the helm of the College and in Institutional Advancement, the major and leadership giving team will shape the future of the College by preparing Bennington for an impending comprehensive campaign (the most aspirational in school history) and building a culture of philanthropy.

Leadership gift officers at Bennington have the unique opportunity to work in partnership with the College’s senior administrative team and faculty to develop truly comprehensive engagement and solicitation strategies.

Fundraising for all of Bennington’s top priorities, the leadership gift officer will manage a portfolio of 150 - 175 prospects in key geographic markets throughout the Northeast and the country.  The gift officer will work with up and coming philanthropists as well as loyal donors making gifts of a lifetime through strategic relationship management.

Qualifications include:

  • A bachelor’s degree and four or more years of related experience.  
  • Proven ability to identify/cultivate/solicit/steward prospects with the potential to give at the $25k - $100k level. Prospect work will include qualification of newly identified prospects.
  • 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.
  • Strong technology proficiency with experience using donor software, Google (gmail, gdrive) and Excel.
  • Sense of humor and ability to work well within a team of highly motivated individuals required.
  • Significant travel and weekend responsibilities are required.

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.