Senior Director for Development

Pasco, Washington State
Jan 09, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Senior Director for Development
Salary: $80,000 - $85,000 Annually

Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") seeks a Senior Director for Development who will be responsible for successfully identifying potential donors, raising significant funds, cultivating donor relations, soliciting gifts and overseeing investments and distribution of funds for various purposes for the College. The Senior Director for Development works within the College's Foundation Office and collaborates with the Director of Resource Development. This position is the most senior-level position working in the Foundation with significant responsibilities in terms of fundraising, capital campaign, stewardship operation and designee responsibilities for the Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) when needed. The Senior Director for Development reports to the VPIA.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled (First consideration closes February 3, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time)


  • Plan, direct and implement the Foundation's fundraising campaigns and activities, including: major gifts, events, capital campaigns and strategic/focused efforts to enhance CBC's academic and program financial support;
  • Expand the Foundation's fundraising program through generation of new and increased revenue by identifying and cultivating prospective donors and by developing and implementing strategies to increase current giving levels;
  • Lead and actively support major gift campaigns conducted by the College and Foundations by developing and maintaining relationships with major donors; steward regional major gifts and ensure donors are recognized and informed of the effects of their generosity;
  • Collaborate with the Foundation Board leadership and VPIA on the creation of a tactical fund development plan to support the strategic direction of the Foundation;
  • Create opportunities, effectively engage and partner with Foundation Board members in the fundraising process;
  • Stay apprised of advancements and changes pertinent to raising money to the Foundation's mission, as well as to the development profession and adapt strategies and practices in accordance with these changes and as necessary;
  • Provide guidance and support to ongoing or new college-level grassroots fundraising activities, including the recruitment and training of volunteer fundraising leadership;
  • Implement and oversee gift recognition programs for donors;
  • Develop and gain approval for annual income and expenditure budget for fund development;
  • Prepare regular reports for presentation to staff, Foundation Board of Directors and others, including regular communications to the Foundation Board, CBC Board of Trustees and President's Cabinet regarding fundraising strategies and activities;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with college faculty and staff and other appropriate individuals when a college program is identified that could benefit from private support and work in partnership for the mutual benefit of the college and donors philanthropic goals;
  • Serve as a contributing writer for Foundation publications, social media and website in partnership with the CBC Marketing and Communications team;
  • Use appropriate database, including Blackbaud Raisers Edge NXT, and a variety of computer software applications to prepare reports, correspondence and other materials;
  • Regularly collaborate with the Director of Resource Development and other Foundation staff in the performance of duties, providing leadership for area of oversight and serving as designee for VPIA when needed,
  • Research a variety of donor demographic, statistical, financial and other data for reporting and planning purposes;
  • Establish contacts and network with local businesses and corporations;
  • Commit to a "Yes, And" culture by demonstrating the value of cohesive, intentional and positive culture that brings our the best in all (i.e., being present and listening, making each other look good, embracing change and failure and choosing positivity); and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Two (2) years of executive administrative and staff supervisory experience in increasingly complex positions;
  • Four (4) years in a leadership development role at a nonprofit organization;
  • Experience with computerized record keeping systems and knowledge of accounting and budget management processes in a non-profit environment, preferably with Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT;
  • Experience in development, including major gifts, planned giving and campaigns (fundraising from multiple donor channels);
  • Experience in planning, leading and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers/board of directors; and
  • In-depth computer proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and proficiency in the use of other office equipment and software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Experience working in a higher education setting, preferably at a two year community college setting;
  • Previous experience in leading a volunteer board of community leaders, planning and setting strategic direction for fundraising initiatives and complying with governmental and IRS regulations;
  • Capital campaign experience;
  • Database conversion experience; and
  • Familiarity with eastern Washington.

CBC is an EEO/AA Employer. Protected groups are encouraged to apply.