Job Posting: Chief Development Officer


Item Value
Posting Date 10/23/2023
Closing Date until filled
Employment Type(s)
  • Full Time
Location Beloit, Wisconsin, 53511


Beloit College seeks an exceptional Chief Development Officer (CDO), who will
serve as the College’s primary fundraiser. A true advocate of liberal arts education, the CDO will oversee all development functions across the College. They will create and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy in partnership with the Vice President of Advancement to advance institutional priorities and build a robust pipeline of sustainable support from alumni and constituents.

The Chief Development Officer reports to the Vice President of Advancement and works closely with the President of Beloit College. The CDO is a member of the College’s senior leadership team and plays an active role in working with the other members of the team to address the full range of College business, programs, and initiatives that advance the College’s mission. In close collaboration with the President, Vice President, and the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, the CDO will help establish the strategic direction and philanthropic priorities key to strengthening the College’s Advancement operations.

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Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
• Serve as the Chief Development Officer responsible for the development and stewardship of donor resources that support the College’s operation and contribute to its institutional goals.
• Strengthen the office’s role as a leader in promoting the College’s aspiration to be an anti-racist institution, intentionally adopting an asset-based approach to work.
• Conceive, create, and articulate a strategic plan for the College’s fundraising program, the most significant features of which will include improving ongoing consideration, preparation, and launch of the campaign, annual giving, planned giving, and foundation and government initiatives.
• Further develop and strengthen partnerships with the President’s office, Board of Trustees, other senior members of the College community, and faculty on matters pertaining to the advancement and support of the College.
• Build a strong and sophisticated development operation that supports the President and gift officers with research and prospect management data, develop and integrate a base of loyal and active volunteers, and create a strategic culture of stewardship that engages all constituents.
• Provide strategic leadership to the continued development of Beloit’s ongoing relationships with its external constituencies and, in particular, with its alumni
• Cultivate and maintain close relationships with major donors and prospects in all constituent groups, including the Board of Trustees.
• Develop and provide campus leadership for seeking programs or opportunities that balance creativity and innovation, donor interests, and institutional priorities.
• Develop, motivate, and support a team of highly effective staff and volunteers.
• Represent Beloit College to diverse external constituencies, always conscious of its stature and prestige, giving attention to all factors affecting its reputation.
• Undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Credentials and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
• Five years progressively responsible leadership experience in institutional development.
• Experience successfully managing, training, and evaluating professional staff; four years of experience preferred.
• Strategic and operational planning experience and expertise.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate integrity and maturity with a track record of successfully closing principal and major gifts. They shall possess strong written and verbal communication skills that allow them to effectively engage with internal and external stakeholders across the College. Tenacious, collaborative, and highly motivated individuals are encouraged to apply.

Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal arts education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We seek employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity.

Located in a diverse community close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Beloit attracts students from across the United States and the world. The college emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning beyond the traditional classroom, international perspectives, and collaborative research among students and faculty. It is recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives.


How to Apply

Lindauer, a global search and talent firm, has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Beloit College.

Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit, in confidence, a resume and cover letter. Communications, nominations, applications, and inquiries concerning this search should be directed to Jill Lasman, Senior Executive Vice President, at and Andrew Machado, Senior Consultant, at

Prior to submitting your resume for this position, please read it over for accuracy. Lindauer does verify academic credentials for its candidates, and our clients frequently conduct background checks prior to finalizing an offer.

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