Chief Advancement Officer

Sterling College
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Location: Orleans County,
About the Job

Join our team at Sterling College and make a meaningful impact on student life in alignment with our commitment to ecological thinking and action.

About Sterling College:

We are an environmentally focused liberal arts college located in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. We offer affordable experiential learning that prepares people to be knowledgeable, skilled, and responsible leaders in the communities in which they live.

Position Overview:

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is a key member of the President’s Cabinet. The CAO will spearhead the College’s fundraising initiatives and alumni engagement programs while ensuring alignment with our core mission and values. The role necessitates a leader who can strategically manage a diverse portfolio that encompasses annual funds, major gifts, stakeholder relations, and communications while being agile enough to balance overarching leadership with hands-on execution. If you are a proven leader with a passion for sustainable education and stakeholder engagement, we invite you to apply.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Collaborate with the President and Board of Trustees on all aspects of fundraising and stakeholder relations.
  • Work with campus constituents to develop and oversee fundraising strategies, incorporating best practices in major and planned giving programs, corporate, foundation, and government grants development  
  • Securing major and planned gifts along with annual and endowment support.
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors and adhering to best practices, including the Donor Bill of Rights.
  • Have primary responsibility for the development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required; Masters Preferred. 
  • Possess a broad experience in fundraising, communications, and stakeholder relations, exhibiting expertise in each area.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.  
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both written and oral. 

What We Offer:

  • Salary range of $75,000 – $90,000
  • Access to benefits that include medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid leave and retirement contributions

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: The position is open until filled, and application review will begin immediately.

Sterling College is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. Sterling College prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Sterling College - its Board of Trustees and Faculty Council - has adopted a detailed ten-year strategic initiative, with grant support, that is intended to better promote equity and inclusion across all of its academic programs and in all of the locations in which they take place. Sterling College acknowledges that the land on which its students, faculty, and staff gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki and the Shawnee people. These words are offered as a reminder; we strive to match them with acts of respect and repair.

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