Senior Director of Advancement for Leadership Giving

Allegheny College, a selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Sr. Director of Advancement for Leadership Giving.  This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

The following are essential duties and responsibilities for this position: Provides day-to-day oversight and coordination of Allegheny College’s revenue-generating fundraising activities; develops and implements effective strategies to successfully propel staff and donors forward.

Guides and manages the performance of the Major, Planned, and Principal Gifts team.  In concert with the Vice President, establishes annual performance expectations of the staff; develops and implements programs for fundraising staff professional development. Effectively manages a portfolio of prospects to secure annual, leadership, major, principal, and deferred gifts in support of established fundraising goals.

Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred. Required ten (10) years fundraising/volunteer management experience with a proven record of success in soliciting major gifts from individuals, corporations, and/or foundations. Supervisory/management experience and demonstrated experience with budget preparation, planning, and resource management required. The successful individual will be committed to the values of a liberal arts education, to meeting challenging goals, and to continuing his or her education regarding philanthropy and higher education through reading, other media, and regular attendance at seminars and conferences. Rich development background with a record of accomplishment of successful management is ideal.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.


Posted 4/21/21