A career at the Colorado Community College System’s administrative office comes with great perks. As you help the operations of our 13 colleges continuously improve, you will reap a rewarding experience with being a part of an enterprise which assists thousands of students to elevate their lives each year. We are confident – when you consider all the tangibles and intangibles – you will want to make the next, and final, stop of your career the Colorado Community College System.

You will admire the friendly culture of our system office and be inspired by our team environment and dedicated employees. Additionally, we offer:
  • Generous annual and sick leave benefits (15 hours of annual leave and 10 hours of sick leave accrued each month – based on fulltime status); our employees stay because of the work/life balance they are able to obtain here.
  • Attractive health, dental, vision, life, and flexible savings options; we will also help you build your retirement savings via our defined benefit or defined contribution plans.
  • An opportunity to become a lifelong-learner and enjoy considerable savings for the college education of your dependents through our tuition reimbursement program.
For a complete overview of our benefits, visit the benefits section of our website (https://resources.cccs.edu/employee-resources/employee-benefits/).
Job Details
Director of Major and Corporate Giving
CCCS Foundation
Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae

The Director of Major and Corporate Giving develops and carries a portfolio of prospective philanthropic individual and corporate donors with a focus on raising major gifts for the Colorado Community College System’s strategic objectives.  In this capacity, the Director may oversee discrete, time-sensitive fundraising projects, focusing on prospecting, cultivating, and soliciting or positioning CCCS’s leadership to solicit major and principal philanthropic gifts for CCCS.  This position will have a significant focus on prospect identification and the development of viable prospects.

The Director will design and implement a strategic development approach to determine potential donors’ financial ability, capacity, and interest in making major gifts.  The Director will conduct one-on-one visits with donors for the purpose of qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.  The Director will maintain records of all cultivation strategies, evaluations, solicitations, contact reports, and results of all contacts with prospects.

The Director must inspire and maintain positive relationships and communications with Foundation and CCCS colleagues to strengthen donor relationships and philanthropic giving to CCCS.  The Director will work closely with the Executive Director of the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges and the President of the Colorado Community College System to help position them to conduct one-on-one cultivation and solicitation visits.  The Director will ensure that all such visits are documented within DonorPerfect and that appropriate follow up steps are taken.

Note: Review of applicants will begin on August 28. 

  • Bachelor's degree in business, non-profit management, marketing, social sciences or related field.
  • Three years of professional level fundraising experience in a higher education institution or non-profit setting.
  • Documented success in managing a portfolio of donors and the successful solicitation of prospects.  Proven track record of success in closing major and/or planned gifts.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Active listening skills.
  • Knowledge of major gift fundraising best practices and procedures.
  • Capable of traveling locally and nationally as necessary.
  • Working knowledge of technology necessary to perform job functions, including donor database experience.
  • Ability to work flexible hours with occasional weekends and evenings.

Unique Personal Characteristics

  • Mastery of the principles and techniques of successful fundraising.
  • Relationship builder who can relate to persons of all ages and diverse backgrounds, skills, and abilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to include outstanding persuasion and sales skills to influence potential donors.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to meet the interests of differing constituents.
  • Ability to manage high level confidential information with integrity and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and successfully as a member of a team as well as individually to solve problems, achieve common goals and produce positive results.
  • Can negotiate and persuade as needed.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet financial goals.
  • Creative thinker who is an analytical problem solver.
  • Detail oriented with excellent follow-through and able to present themselves in a personable, professional and energetic manner.
  • Master’s degree in business, non-profit management, marketing, social sciences or related field. 
  • Five years of professional level fundraising experience in a higher education institution or non-profit setting.
  • Proven track record of success in closing gifts at the six figure level.
  • Three years of experience managing a department or major project, including budgeting.
  • Community college experience and a passion for post-secondary education.
About the Colorado Community College System
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 138,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado.  Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities.  CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment, and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado.  Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in our 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts, and six other post-secondary institutions.  By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway.  The vast majority of our students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97% of our students stay in state, becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of our neighborhoods, businesses, and communities.
About the Foundation
The Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges seeks to advance the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the Colorado Community College System.  Specifically, the Foundation actively seeks contributions from public and private sources to make scholarships available statewide, advance key programmatic initiatives, and provide training and support for CCCS college foundations.  The Foundation develops partnerships with community stakeholders to implement state of the art programs that meet the workforce needs of the 21st century.

In recent years, the Foundation has experienced significant growth, doubling fundraising totals in each of the past two years.  The Foundation’s endowment has more than doubled through major gifts that are ensuring that CCCS priorities are funded for years to come. The Foundation recently completed its first major campaign, and is gearing up for an exciting and dynamic future.


Salary will be commensurate with experience

How to Apply:

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Applicant materials must be received by the close date and you will need to upload all of the requested documents, in order to ensure full consideration. 

Colorado Community College System
Human Resources 9101 E Lowry Blvd. Denver CO 80230-6011