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Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2018 11:16 AM

About Bates is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity. 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. The Position 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. This is a full-time, 12 month position. Travel including day and overnight trips is required. QUALIFICATIONS 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 fund raising, financial services, marketing/sales or educational management. Proven experience cultivating and closing major or deferred gift commitments. High attention to detail balanced with a strategic vision for multifaceted programs. 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 backgrounds. A personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier liberal arts college, and the ability to work in a goal-oriented environment. 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 presentations. Strong interpersonal skills with 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 needed. 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 non-traditional schedules. 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. Benefits 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 workplace. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires 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 your permission.) 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. Apply Now at For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out our help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877) 997-8807. 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

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