Director of Development – Annual Giving
Department: College Relations
Berea College, with a mission recognized nationally as one of the most compelling in higher education today, announces an exciting opportunity for a rising development professional committed to mission-based fundraising and positioned to assume a visible leadership role. The impending arrival of Berea’s ninth president on July 1 provides a stellar opportunity for the right candidate to bring innovative ideas and practices to move an established fundraising program to the next levels.Berea College, ranked #1 liberal arts college in the nation in 2011 by Washington Monthly for “doing the right thing for the country,” occupies an increasingly prominent position in the national dialogue on access to education. Berea charges no tuition and enrolls only students of promise and limited means, preparing them to be service-oriented leaders for the Appalachian region and beyond. To supplement funds available from its enviable endowment, Berea depends upon annual support from alumni, organizations, and an unprecedented number of friends, whose generosity completes full tuition for over 1600 students each year.
Berea, the “folk arts and crafts capital of Kentucky,” is a close-knit community of 13,000 with active involvement in the arts and participation in sustainable living and local foods initiatives. Berea is located just 45 minutes south of Lexington, a cosmopolitan city known for its scenic bluegrass and bucolic horse farms.
The Director of Development – Annual Giving leads a virtual team of peer colleagues to meet ambitious fundraising goals. S/he manages and carries out a complex annual plan; partners with other campus colleagues including the president and academic division chairs, supervises and deploys frontline staff, solicits high-end donors, and recruits and inspires national volunteers.
The successful candidate for this highly visible position will bring the following: Bachelor’s Degree required; five or more successful years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, preferably in mature annual giving programs in higher education. However, other non-profit experience will be considered, especially with strong donor acquisition, retention and renewal programs; proficiency in recruiting, inspiring, supporting and partnering effectively with high-level volunteers; significant experience in program planning, coordination and evaluation; successful supervisory experience; capacity to lead peers and process managing effectively up and down the chain of command to reach shared goals.
An Application to Join the College Staff is required and is available in the Office of People Services, Suite 100, Fairchild Hall on the campus or may be obtained by calling (859) 985-3051 or 985-3050, or on line at www.berea.edu/hr. Completed applications may be mailed to People Services, CPO 2189, Berea, KY 40404 or faxed to (859) 985-3911.
Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all peoples of the earth to learn and work here. Employment decisions are based on training, education and experience related to the requirements of the job. All applicants for employment are considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability.