Senior Director of Major and Leadership Giving

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College invites applications for the position of Senior Director of Major and Leadership Giving.

The Senior Director of Major and Leadership Giving will be responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to development that maximizes support for all facets of the College. The Senior Director will led a growing team of frontline fundraisers and development assistants/associates that work with approximately 1,000 of the College’s top prospect across the country. As a senior member of the development team, the Senior Director of Major and Leadership Giving will work with the Executive Director of Development on developing a new gift officer training program, identifying meaningful support opportunities for donors, and high-level donor engagement programming. Additionally, the Senior Director will manage a prospect portfolio of 50 - 75 major and principal gift prospects.

The Senior Director will be joining Bennington College at a truly transformative time. With new leadership at the helm of the College and the Office of Institutional Advancement, the College is poised to undergo its most ambitious capital campaign to date.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, plus 6 – 10 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Development fundraising experience required.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, written and oral.
  • Proven ability to solicit and close gifts at the $250,000+ level.
  • Should have a high degree of computer literacy and management information skills.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

The position requires the successful completion/passing of a background check.

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.