Job as Director of Major Gifts and Donor Engagement with the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges


The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest institution of higher learning and consists of 13 colleges and more than 40 locations across the state, educating approximately 120,000 students annually. Additionally, we train more than 4,000 Coloradans each year through various other programs. Our mission is to provide an accessible and responsive learning environment where our students can achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity, and innovation. We are an organization that encourages individuals to be fully engaged in the workplace.

We are recruiting a Director of Major Gifts and Donor Engagement to join the Colorado Community College System Foundation. In this position, you will develop and manage a portfolio of potential philanthropic donors to raise major gifts for CCCS’s strategic objectives. This position designs and implements a strategic development approach to determine the financial capacity, ability and interest of potential donors to make major gifts. You will conduct one-on-one visits with donors for qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship purposes. CCCS offers generous time off, excellent benefits, and flexible work environments. If you are looking for an exciting job opportunity where you can use your fundraising skills to advance the higher education goals of Colorado students, this position may be for you!

Examples of tasks

  • Identify and conduct personal visits with key prospects, individuals and companies, to determine their ability and interest in making a major gift to CCCS.
  • Cultivate potential giving prospects using relationship-based fundraising strategies, including one-on-one meetings, special group events, and other engagement strategies.
  • Set up, facilitate and design strategies for face-to-face meetings with donors. You will identify donor philanthropic interests, share giving opportunities and close donations.
  • Work closely with constituents to advance donor relations, stimulate new/renewed donations, coordinate gift arrangements and documentation, and oversee the management of assigned donors.
  • Carry a portfolio of viable prospects. You will do this by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and managing leads through one-on-one meetings and other interactions to gain support for the Colorado Community College System.
  • Support CCCS programmatic priorities by soliciting major donations, either through individual contacts, in concert with a key volunteer, or with the involvement of CCCS leadership.

Qualifications required

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, non-profit organization management, marketing, social sciences or related field.
  • Three years of professional fundraising experience at an institution of higher learning or in a non-profit or equivalent setting.

Additional information

Attributes that will contribute to success in this position:

  • Success in managing a portfolio of donors and soliciting prospects. Proven track record of success in closing giveaways at the six figure level.
  • Knowledge of major gift fundraising best practices and procedures.
  • Hands-on in managing a major project, including budgeting.
  • Passion for post-secondary education, especially community colleges.
  • Able to travel locally and nationally if required. Ability to work flexible hours with occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Working knowledge of donor databases.
  • Relationship builder who can relate to people of diverse backgrounds, skills and abilities.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including exceptional persuasive and selling skills to influence potential donors.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to meet the interests of different stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle high level confidential information with integrity and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and successfully as a member of a team as well as individually to solve problems, achieve common goals and produce positive results.
  • Ability to work under pressure and achieve financial goals.
  • Creative thinker who is an analytical problem solver.
  • Detail oriented with excellent following and able to present himself in a personable, professional and energetic manner.
  • Place of work/travel expectations:

    • This position is located at 9101 E. Lowry Blvd. Denver, CO 80230.
    • Approximately 50-60% of the time will involve travel, primarily within the Denver metro area. Must be able to travel to develop and maintain relationships with funders, colleges and college foundations. Although most travel is within the state of Colorado, out-of-state travel may be required.

    All System Office employees have the choice of submitting a copy of their vaccination card or accepting a weekly COVID-19 test.

    CCCS offers options for alternative working arrangements (telecommuting/flexible hours). Work must be completed in the State of Colorado.

    CCCS recognizes the importance of a workforce that reflects our diverse student community which consists of 24.1% Hispanic, 5.6% Black/African American, 3.8% Asian/ Pacific Islander, 0.7% American/Alaskan Indian, 54.6% White, 58.3% Female, 41.7% Male, and 8.1% Veteran. As such, we want to select the best candidate from a diverse pool of applicants.

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