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Company Name:
Bowdoin College
Approximate Salary:
Commensurate With Experience
Brunswick, Maine
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5-7 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Director of Annual Giving

The Director of Annual Giving is a key member of Bowdoin's high-performing Development operation. He/She supervises Associate Directors and Assistant Directors of Annual Giving, and staff involved in the Polar Bear Athletic Fund and the Senior Class Gift Committee as well as support staff in all areas. As the foundational programs for giving to Bowdoin, the annual giving area educates young alumni about participation and is responsible for overall alumni participation in giving, typically one of the highest in the nation. Key responsibilities for the Director include soliciting gifts; volunteer orientation, management and stewardship; maintaining OAG communications including web presence; managing class campaigns; liaison with Alumni Relations, Leadership Gifts, Gift Planning and other development and alumni relations offices; and holding the bottom-line responsibility for programs and projects that may be delegated to staff, including:
o 1794 Society
o BowdoinOne Day
o Sundial Circle
o Phonathon
o Friends Fund
o Bowdoin Bears Society
o Direct mail and electronic communications
o Senior Class Gift Campaign
o Ad hoc, one-time campaigns for restricted, current-use funds
o Widows
o Old Guard
o Report of Gifts

Base hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular evening and weekend work required during Alumni events such as: Reunion Weekend; Fall and Spring Conference Weekends; and alumni or student phonathons. Occasional travel required.


This is an exempt position requiring time commitment necessary to satisfactorily complete job requirements.

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send your resume and letter of interest (both as Word documents) to: Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc. 572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800. Email: [email protected]


A Bachelor's degree is required. Familiarity with computer systems and programs and the willingness to learn new systems is necessary. Familiarity with Blackbaud RE7 is a plus. Applicants must possess excellent writing and speaking skills; superb interpersonal and organizational skills; the ability and willingness to travel; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; and the ability to guide volunteers and staff. A valid driver's license and the ability to comply with the College's Motor Vehicle Policy are required.

A minimum of five years experience in positions of increasing responsibility in higher-education fundraising and administration is required. The successful candidate will be familiar with the mission of a liberal arts college and articulate about the case for giving in that context.


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