Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with
a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and
Since its founding by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has welcomed
men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic
backgrounds. Bates was the first co-educational college in New
England, and some of its earliest students were former slaves. The
college continues to live that promise of inclusiveness.
Bates offers a rigorous and highly personalized education that
centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty,
and community. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends,
demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher
education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of
its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate
degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550
staff and administrative employees.
The college is proud of it deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn
community, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of
approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre,
traditional New England campus in Lewiston, a small city with an
entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic
business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles
north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.
Reporting to the Associate VP for Advancement, the Leadership
Gifts Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating,
soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of current and potential
donors with the capacity to make gifts of $50,000, or greater, in
support of college initiatives. The successful candidate will
develop and implement strategic plans aimed at maximizing each
individual's support of the college by working with colleagues in
College Advancement, faculty, Career Development, Admission, and
high-level volunteers. Responsibilities include:
- Create opportunities to conduct face-to-face meetings for the
purposes of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding an assigned
portfolio of 175-225 current and prospective donors according to
- Create detailed cultivation/solicitation plans for the top 50
donor prospects each year.
- Spend 8-10 days of each four-week period traveling both
independently and with key volunteers or other members of the
college administration to meet with current and prospective
- Work with a departmental team to identify, qualify and assign
new leadership gift prospects.
- Plan and organize events for high-level donors to showcase
Bates and college priorities.
- Develop a thorough knowledge of Bates history, academic,
extracurricular and athletic programs, and its faculty, students
- Maintain a thorough understanding of the college’s priorities
and initiatives of the faculty and administration.
This is a full-time, 12-month position. Travel including
day and overnight trips is required.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a
current, valid driver’s license.
The ideal candidate will have:
- 5+ years of experience in advancement in a higher education
setting or equivalent experience.
- Progressive achievement in fundraising, financial services,
marketing/sales or educational management.
- Proven experience cultivating and closing major or deferred
- High attention to detail balanced with a strategic vision for
- A self-starting strategic thinker whose hallmark qualities
include being persistent, personable, team-oriented, and possessing
a desire to succeed.
- Must be able to relate to a variety of people of all ages and
- A personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a
top-tier liberal arts college, and the ability to work in a
- Flexibility and a sense of humor are both essential.
- Excellent communication (written, verbal and presentation)
skills. Ability to write concise, logical, analytical reports to
convey complex issues. Lead group discussions.
- Ability to remain composed, friendly and demonstrate poise
under stress while working in a deadline-driven environment.
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to
synthesize complex or diverse information; and experience working
with complex data sets.
- Impeccable organizational skills and ability to coordinate
resources and staff within the college community.
- Strong presentation skills and ability to develop dynamic
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and
maintain collegial relationships. Must be flexible,
collaborative and have a positive attitude.
- Ability to work independently and as a team player and handle
multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
- Keen attention to detail necessary for successful
documentation, planning and execution.
- Proficiency in basic data management systems, business office
software, and prospect moves management platform and basic computer
applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as
- Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus)
domestically and internationally as needed.
- Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other
- Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier
small liberal arts college.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to
serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and
inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
- Successful completion of a background check.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits
(health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an
additional 3% match, 24 days of vacation, 12 paid holidays, free
parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and
a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information
for three professional references. This position requires the
successful completion of a pre-employment background screening.
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until
the position is filled. (References will not be contacted without
Application Process This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty
Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive
a free Dossier account and can send all application materials,
including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity
and providing an educational and work environment free from
discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis
of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability,
genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected
statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the
administration of its education policies and programs, or in the
recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres
to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and
regulations. All college faculty, staff, students,
contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for
understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.
Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with
applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII,
Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to
Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at
Location/Region: Lewiston, ME (04240)