Chief Development Officer

  • Bristol Community College
  • Fall River, MA, USA
Full Time Communications Fundraising Marketing

Job Description

Chief Development Officer








Department: Development


Locations: Fall River, MA


Posted: Nov 1, 2021


Closes: Dec 1, 2021 - 11:59 PM EST


Type: Full Time


Position ID: 138780


About Bristol Community College:


Bristol Community College is a public community college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and annually serves more than 11,000 credit students and 18,000 students who participate in noncredit activities. Bristol has core values rooted in collaboration, communication, inclusion, innovation, respect and student success. For more than 50 years, Bristol has served as a leading resource for education and economic development in the region. Bristol offers a rich variety of degree, certificate, and training programs along with flexible online offerings that lead to an associate degree, a career-ready certificate, or the ability to transfer to baccalaureate colleges throughout the state and country. Bristol's Business Solutions & Partnerships area provides customized training for businesses and the community. The college also strives to put the needs of learners first with support services and career advancement opportunities that lead to student success by reducing barriers to educational access.


With locations in Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton, Bristol Community College is nestled in charming Southeastern Massachusetts. Each location has something unique to offer - from great restaurants in the city center of Attleboro, museums and history in downtown New Bedford, to the beautiful suburban landscape at the Fall River campus and the array of shopping and dining options in Taunton. From city life to seaside, Bristol Community College locations are in close proximity to bustling metro areas such as Boston and Providence, and centrally located to the spectacular beaches and coastline of Cape Cod, Newport, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Block Island.


Bristol Community College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We value diversity and equity, and are committed to creating an all-inclusive community free from discrimination and harassment. Bristol believes that diversity, equity and inclusion among our community members is imperative to the success of our mission to serve our students well, and is the mainstay of our values.




Bristol Community College provides an accessible, innovative and inclusive education that prepares students to navigate and succeed in our ever-changing world.




Advancing a vibrant, diverse community through education, learner by learner.


Job Description:


POSITION TITLE: Chief Development Officer


DEPARTMENT: Development Office


REPORTS TO: President of Bristol Community College


POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Development Office employees, student workers and volunteers.


STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Chief Development Officer serves as a member of the college's senior leadership team and leads the development program for the college, providing, among other items, strategic direction, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of annual giving, major gift giving, capital campaigns, employee giving and foundation events with the goal of strengthening and expanding individual, alumni, foundation and corporate support to the college. In concert with the President, the Chief Development Officer establishes effective relationships with donors, the business community, Foundation board members, alumni, college leaders, community members, faculty, staff, and students to benefit students, alumni, and the college.






  • Exert executive-level strategic leadership and management over all aspects of the Development Office.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate fundraising and development plans and corresponding goals that reflect the college's mission and strategic priorities.
  • Inspire college Foundation board members, trustees, college employees, volunteers and department staff to be ambassadors for philanthropy.
  • Oversee alumni relations.
  • Model high levels of ethics and integrity to all college stakeholders.
  • Focus on the Commonwealth's Equity Agenda by applying related best practices throughout all job functions.




  • Plan and implement short and long-term resource development strategies and tactics to accomplish organizational goals and diversify the base of support and levels of giving for annual giving, major gift giving, capital campaigns, employee giving and foundation events.
  • Work with the college's leadership team to define strategic initiatives. Based on those initiatives, develop materials, proposals and campaigns that create awareness and provide compelling cases to support the college.
  • Make donor calls, secure philanthropic commitments, and ensure that mechanisms are in place for donors to receive appropriate recognition and an understanding of the impact of their gifts.
  • Plan, execute, and/or support Foundation events such as, but not limited to, galas and functions, the annual golf tournament, Scholarship Luncheon, Manhattan Short Film Festival, Bristol Paragon Awards Ceremony and Donor Appreciation Day.
  • Cultivate and steward donors and increase giving to the college.
  • Cultivate collaborative, strategic relationships with community businesses and organizations.
  • Work with donors to create donation agreements based on donor's intent and administer Foundation funds in the form of scholarships, awards and Foundation grants.




  • Oversee the development process, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.
  • Provide training, support, and leadership to volunteers and the Foundation Board of Directors to meet annual and long-term financial goals.
  • Develop and implement the annual plan for departmental operations; strategically allocate resources to ensure department work is as effective as possible.
  • Develop the Foundation's annual operating budget; carefully monitor expenses and cash flow.
  • Maintain a portfolio of prospective donors and oversee the donor database.
  • Develop communications and fundraising materials for the department, including the department's website, in collaboration with Marketing & Communications.
  • Hire, supervise, develop, and lead all Development Office staff. Conduct regular performance evaluations to ensure continuous improvement and identify potential opportunities for growth. Work closely with Human Resources to develop staff capabilities and expectations.
  • Promote a positive and inclusive work environment that supports the professional growth of staff while fostering a commitment to service excellence.
  • Work closely with all the Foundation Board Directors; manage board committee work and board meeting agendas.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the development program.
  • Create process improvements and document procedures to ensure compliance and consistency.
  • Review and supervise financial oversight of office and received donations, in conjunction with Administration & Finance.
  • Review and analyze the Foundation's financial position by working with the Foundation's financial advisors to systematically monitor investment performance.
  • Use Bristol's digital communication tools, to include but not limited to; Bristol email, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other Bristol social media tools, to advance the college's social media outreach and brand to internal and external constituents.


Perform other duties as assigned.








NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all required qualifications must be met by date of hire.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum of five years of successful senior development experience, including but not limited to, demonstrated successful outcomes with major gifts, donor relations, and office/fiscal management.
  • Demonstrated record of achievement in fundraising, strategic programming and relationship-building including, but not limited to: capital campaigns, annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, employee giving and foundation events.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve ambitious resource development goals.
  • Track record of identifying and targeting donor communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret financial statements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tax laws that relate to planned and charitable giving.
  • Demonstrated passion and energy for fundraising and advancement and dedication to building a strong philanthropic culture within complex organizations.
  • Ability to coordinate plans and activities across the college community to ensure institution-wide teamwork; balance competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and social media communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ethical standards, as required by the State Ethics Commission.
  • Demonstrated managerial experience with direct reports.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology, such as but not limited to, Microsoft Office 365 applications, Raiser's Edge and other database management systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with virtual and social media tools to fundraise and increase the digital footprint of an organization's brand; including but not limited to, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • The ability to work effectively with a diverse student body, faculty, staff and community constituents.
  • Reliable transportation in order to travel to and from meetings, trainings, or campus and community locations as required.
  • Bristol Community College is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 2022. Details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the onboarding process.




  • Senior leadership experience at Chief Development Officer level or equivalent.
  • Master's degree or higher preferred.
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials.
  • Successful fundraising and institutional advancement in a higher education environment.
  • General understanding of the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutions Funds Act (UPMIFA) as it relates to setting the spend rate of endowment funds.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and collect information on prospective donors using current technology platforms.
  • Working knowledge of Fundriver, Quickbooks and Banner.
  • Demonstrated history of cultivating and soliciting a portfolio of donors; including proven ability to solicit and close gifts of a demonstrative value.
  • Robust understanding and demonstrated inclusion of access, equity and student success practices.
  • Ability to speak a language in addition to English.


Additional Information:


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: The employee must meet the physical demands and work environment of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable those with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


POSITION STATUS: This is a full-time, non-unit position with benefits.


SALARY: Hiring salary $125,000 - $140,000, commensurate with education and experience.


Application Instructions:


TO APPLY: Please complete our online application by clicking on the "Apply" button. The position will be open to applicants for 30 calendar days from the posting date.




1) A completed Bristol Community College Employment Application.


2) A current resume/curriculum vitae.


3) A cover letter that demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the desired and required qualifications of the position (not limited in length).


All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. Bristol Community College is an institution that does not sponsor work authorization.


A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted for all positions.


The college will independently verify education credentials as provided on the application. For certain positions that require a college degree, the hired candidate must supply official transcripts upon hire. Transcripts must include your name and degrees conferred.


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Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree