• Solicit and provide strategic leadership for museum development

  • In concert with Colby's Division of College Advancement team and the Colby Museum of Art's director, establish priorities for pursuing individual giving as well as foundation, corporate, and government funding

  • Develop and execute annual and multi-year fundraising plans to ensure a robust and sustainable pipeline of support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government entities, as appropriate

  • Manage a targeted prospect portfolio of the museum's top supporters capable of making principal and leadership gifts

  • Lead donor and prospect stewardship, managing a portfolio of donors and advising the Colby Museum of Art's director and others at the museum and across Colby in the ongoing process of relationship cultivation and stewardship

  • Manage relationships involving highly-rated individuals effectively

  • Lead identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for the museum's most highly-rated prospects

  • Cultivate strong relationships with the Museum Board of Governors and key supporters

  • Partner with Leadership Gifts, Family Philanthropy, Gift Planning, and Prospect Research & Analysis colleagues on solicitations

  • Collaborate with donor relations to develop effective stewardship strategies and to continually strengthen systems that result in accurate and timely documentation of relationships as well as compelling, accurate, and consistent project and stewardship reporting

  • Collaborate with Colby Museum of Art and Division of College Advancement colleagues to identify and pursue major funding from foundations, corporations, and government entities; help to cultivate and manage those relationships

  • Serve as a Colby Museum of Art senior staff member

  • Advise on ongoing institutional matters and shares responsibility for communication and execution of museum goals

  • Cultivate relationships with College senior leaders, colleagues in the Division of College Advancement, and Colby Museum of Art staff

  • Oversee the strategic vision for annual support through the Friends of Art, key fundraising events, and Museum Board of Governors Fund

  • Serve as primary staff liaison to the Museum Resources Committee of the Board of Governors, providing strategic leadership, effective management, and inspiration to volunteers as they secure higher levels of unrestricted support from an increasingly diverse constituency

  • Inspire, supervise, and mentor the museum development officer in alignment with goals; supervise or work with consultants, as needed

  • With support from the museum development officer and in collaboration with communications staff at the Colby Museum of Art as well as colleagues in the Division of College Advancement and across Colby, develop and implement strategies that attract, welcome, and engage diverse donors, growing the museum's philanthropic networks and public reach

  • Work continually to better understand cultural nuances that might influence philanthropy or participation

  • Seek to proactively identify individuals and organizations that can help the museum advance its goals

  • Authentically and accurately convey the museum's mission, values, and activities to varied constituencies, fostering a sense of belonging among all, especially, those who have been underrepresented in Colby's philanthropic circles

  • Participate in professional development training programs to enhance expertise and skills

  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice



  • Bachelor's degree or the equivalent in education and experience

  • Minimum of five years of experience envisioning, shaping, and implementing a successful philanthropic program

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and long-term while successfully attending to more immediate goals and tasks; strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including strong relationship skills and ability to work with people across a wide range of levels of power and influence

  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize information and tailor key points to a variety of constituencies, including ability to prepare succinct and clear financial reports

  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to consistently meet deadlines and follow-through on assignments, and attention to detail

  • Ability to handle confidential information tactfully and exercise discretion

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, Google applications, and with donor database systems

  • Strong, self-motivated work ethic; flexibility; and proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively and constructively as a member of a diverse community

  • Deep appreciation for the value of art museums and of a liberal arts education

  • Unwavering commitment to fostering an anti-racist, equitable work environment supportive of people from different cultures, backgrounds, and life paths

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