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Executive Director of Development and Campaign Director

Development Office

Reed College seeks a dynamic Executive Director of Development and Campaign Director. This role reports to the Vice President for College Relations and is a member of the group’s leadership team. This is a rewarding position--you’ll work with dynamic and talented people with big ideas--but also one with significant responsibility for fundraising for Reed.

The Executive Director of Development and Campaign Director leads efforts to develop support and donations of $100,000 and more from individuals and organizations.  The Director will lead an experienced and well-trained staff of twelve to develop major and planned gifts, corporate and foundation support, and donor relations.  The role is more focused than similar roles at other institutions, reflecting the importance of this sector of giving and level of support for funding the college’s operations. 

The Director will also direct operations for a major forthcoming campaign, likely to be in the $300 million range. Partnering with the Office of the President, Director of Principal Gifts and the Vice President for College Relations, your work will include the important effort to fully engage the college’s thirty-plus member board of trustees in this fundraising effort.  This group’s philanthropy has led all Reed campaigns, including more than $50 million contributed to the college’s Centennial Campaign.

Further, this position would aim to develop a core of volunteers and activities that would support both the campaign and long-term development of leading prospective donors.  In the past, the college has seen great interest in such opportunities from prospective donors whether alumni, parents or friends of the institution.  These engagements are critical to the development of a strong pipeline of future members of Reed’s board of trustees. 

The Director would join the senior team in College Relations which includes the head of communications, the head of alumni affairs and annual fund, the head of career services and the head of college relations information services.  This is a strong and experienced team with a broad purview of responsibilities in the college.

This is a full-time, exempt position. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees and their children, paid holidays, paid vacation (22 days per year) and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse.  Relocation assistance is available. 


  • As a development professional, you have high expectations not only for yourself, but also for your organization and your coworkers.
  • You possess a team-oriented, collegial working style in which colleagues are valued and appreciated at all levels of the organization.
  • You have a keen innate ability to motivate staff, volunteers, and donors.
  • You have relentless perseverance and you know how to set goals and realistic benchmarks to measure success.
  • You have impeccable integrity and judgment.
  • You have a wide range of interpersonal skills and are a good listener.
  • You are passionate about higher education and you love the work of development. 


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least eight years fundraising experience
  • Experience working in one of the leadership roles on a significant fundraising campaign
  • Experience managing a team of direct reports
  • Experience working in higher education is a plus
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and managing volunteers, so as to help deepen their involvement with the organization
  • Demonstrated success in partnering with the president and the board to solicit gifts
  • Willingness to travel several times per month to meet with board members, donors and prospective donors.

Founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country’s leading American colleges of liberal arts and sciences, providing an intellectually engaging undergraduate experience to 1400 students. With its rigorous academic program that culminates in a senior thesis, Reed College instills independent thinking and creative problem-solving.  Reed is well-known for producing scientists with the college ranked among the top four institutions whose graduates receive a PhD in these fields.  Graduates also go on to lead problem-solving in a wide range of for-profit and non-profit settings, and to become prominent in artistic fields.  Prominent graduates include founders of leading companies such as Tektronix, leaders in the financial sector --especially venture capital funds-- health care and education leaders in research, teaching and administration, and prominent artists such as Gary Snyder and David Reed. Reed remains distinctive within American higher education and attracts strong interest to its focused approach to education and principled response to the range of challenges facing the sector.  With careful financial management and strong fundraising, Reed has been able to extend offers of admission to talented students regardless of their family background and to keep its commitment to professionally trained teachers and small faculty to student ratio, well-supported research for faculty and students, and active support for student transitions into purposeful work after Reed. 

The college has had a successful fundraising history.  Beginning in 1971, Reed presidents partnered with fundraising leadership to conduct a series of successful campaigns that built the endowment from $3 million to its current total of $560 million.  The most recent campaigns were an $80 million effort that concluded with more than $112 million contributed in 2005, and the $203 million Centennial Campaign that concluded in 2012.  Core priorities for past and future campaigns will include endowment to support need-based financial aid and the academic program, especially rapidly growing areas such as data-sciences, investments to sustain an appropriate physical plan, and growing support for student life and the college’s rapidly expanding career center.  Like most educational institutions, support has grown most quickly from living individuals, particularly alumni.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.