Major and Leadership Giving Associate

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College seeks a highly organized, efficient professional to join a fast-paced, growing team of frontline fundraisers.  With new leadership at the helm of the College and Office of Institutional Advancement (IA), the entire development team will play a key role in shaping the College by preparing Bennington for an impending comprehensive campaign and building a culture of philanthropy.

The Associate will support two to three frontline fundraisers on the Major and Leadership Giving Team in all aspects of these officers’ work to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward alumni, parents and friends. This work will include: prompt and professional interactions and follow-up with donors; working with the gift officer to create donor engagement strategies; collecting and synthesizing information from various College offices and departments; drafting and editing donor communications, proposals and briefings; proactively assisting gift officers with up-to-date information for prospects to find strategic connections and move them forward in the engagement process; high-level administrative support; assisting with travel arrangements and events; database management/maintenance; and other responsibilities as assigned. The Major and Leadership Giving Associate is critical to effective workflow, organization, and the success of the Major and Leadership Gift Officers they support as well as the Office of Institutional Advancement.

We are seeking applicants with the following key qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years’ relevant experience (development, sales, customer relations and administrative).
  • Demonstrated experience in progressively responsible positions that require attention to detail, self-directed project management and coordination of multiple priorities.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, produce accurate and timely work, and attend to urgent needs while progressing on long-term projects.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a close, collaborative team. Tasks will be assigned by multiple supervisors; must be able to balance priorities and communicate clearly with managers about the status of assignments.  Ability to apply good judgement and responsible decision-making.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to accept sensitive/confidential information/situations and to facilitate initial handling/processing.   Must demonstrate a high degree of discretion in interactions with alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
  • High degree of computer literacy, including experience working with Microsoft Office, Gmail/Gdocs, and databases; experience with fundraising software platforms (Raiser’s Edge and/or Evertrue) a plus.

The College

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 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. Bennington College encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

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.