Saint Michael’s College — Senior Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning

Company Description:

Saint Michael’s College delivers a compelling, world-class education in a beautiful Vermont setting. Our connected community allows students to form close relationships with each other and accomplished faculty and staff members, providing an ideal learning environment where they have the space and support to challenge themselves and their peers. As a fully residential college located minutes from Burlington, one of the country’s top-rated college towns, Saint Michael’s offers an unparalleled mix of academic, spiritual, cultural, service and wilderness experiences. Saint Michael’s is among the elite ranks of only 286 colleges and universities nationwide allowed to host a Phi Beta Kappa national honor society chapter on campus, while the U.S. News and World Report mentioned that “St. Michael’s infuses its campus culture with a spirit of serving others,” and “creates a feeling of camaraderie.” The College is included in the Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges, earning a spot on the Green College Honor Roll for demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainability. Surrounded by the beautiful Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, and only 3.5 hours from Boston and 1.5 hours from Montreal, the area offers abundant recreational and cultural opportunities. To learn more, visit

Job Description:

The Senior Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning is responsible securing philanthropic gifts of $25,000 or more, developing prospect strategies, cultivation, solicitation and follow up activities with major gift prospects and donors. The position requires: demonstrated leadership working with volunteers, administrators, and managing a development staff; experience with moves management system; a deep understanding of gift planning and creativity in helping to develop new programs and methods. The Senior Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and has responsibility for managing the major gift and gift planning staff. The Senior Director will be strategically oriented, knowledgeable and experienced with major gifts fundraising, gift planning and capital campaigns, highly motivated, and a team player who is goal oriented. Extensive Travel Required.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership.

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  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • 6 – 8 years of experience in fundraising, preferably in higher education, with at least five (5) years of experience involving the solicitation of major gifts and/or principal gifts required and moves management systems
  • Experience managing gift officers preferred
  • Higher Education experience preferred

An offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background and driving record check.

Additional Information:

Saint Michael’s College, inspired by our Edmundite Catholic mission, is committed to diversity and inclusion across our campus community. We are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity of the nation, and we actively seek applications from underrepresented groups. Applicants are invited to include in their cover letter and other documents information about how they may contribute to our goal through their research, teaching and/or service.

The mission of the Education Programs at Saint Michael’s College is to contribute to the intellectual, ethical, social, and spiritual development of individuals and culture, with an emphasis on creativity, curiosity, contemplation, collaboration, social justice, and sustainability.

Saint Michael’s College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, in compliance with applicable provisions of state and federal law that prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, religion, sexual orientation, veteran or military service status, HIV-positive test result status, genetic information, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic, as such characteristics and prohibitions are defined by applicable law. The College will not rely inappropriately on such characteristics, or upon related stereotypes or biases, in making employment-related decisions. Also, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or otherwise would not be required by applicable law, the College will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, as well as any employee who is limited in her ability to perform the functions of her job because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

Application Instructions:

Please be prepared to attach the following documents after clicking on Apply Now button:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Name and contact information for 3 references (reference letters may be requested of finalists at a later stage)

Review of applications will begin on February 8 and continue until position is filled.

No phone calls, emails or walk-ins please.