Director of Advancement (GPEP)


Named one of the top 10 most innovative colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized as one of the forty Colleges that Changes Lives, Goucher College, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is a private, coed, liberal arts college dedicated to teaching students to be complex problem solvers prepared for the jobs of the future. A Goucher education focuses on creating lifelong learners through an interdisciplinary, experiential approach.

The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) offers individuals incarcerated in Maryland the opportunity to pursue an outstanding Goucher College education. GPEP offers Goucher College courses onsite at the prisons as well as all resources needed for student success, from college preparatory courses to books and calculators to skilled tutors and in-person office hours with professors and academic advisors. Through this work, GPEP is also part of the public conversation about access to education, poverty, and mass incarceration.

Leverage your experience and skill to support 130 scholars and leaders pursuing their college education while in prison. Join a dynamic, hard-working team to advance a national model for higher education in prisons.


GPEP seeks a Director of Goucher Prison Education Partnership Advancement with demonstrated success setting and realizing ambitious goals. The right candidate brings the necessary experience to sustainably support GPEP students' educations through a diversified strategy including grants from regional and national foundations, individual giving, events, and relationship development with new and existing partners.

The Director of GPEP Advancement builds on existing successful practices of GPEP to raise the financial support necessary for the operation of GPEP. This position serves as the primary fundraiser responsible for an approximately $1.4 million annual budget. The Director of GPEP Advancement develops and implements a fundraising strategy in close collaboration with GPEP's Executive Director and Goucher College's Office of Advancement; cultivates new and deepens existing relationships with partners; collaborates with the Executive Director on long-term strategy and planning for GPEP; manages ongoing public and donor-facing communications, including creation of materials; writes grant proposals and reports; organizes and facilitates specific events inside and outside the prison, and manages related recordkeeping. This position also includes some coordination with media in collaboration with the Goucher Office of Communications.

This position is based on Goucher's Towson campus, with occasional responsibilities at Goucher College's additional locations inside state prisons in Jessup, Maryland as well as offsite responsibilities related to donors and other partners.


Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor's Degree as well as demonstrated success with frontline fundraising, building relationships with stakeholders including major foundations, project management in fast paced environments, and strong organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills. Candidates should have demonstrated experience with grant writing and reporting, creating content for marketing materials, and communication with stakeholders including funders and prospective funders, students, and staff. Demonstrated experience creating, managing, and maintaining internal and external budgets including accurately projecting and updating income from funders.

Preferred candidates will possess an advanced degree and four or more years of fundraising experience.  Demonstrated success in grant writing and frontline fundraising as well as in building philanthropic partnerships with national foundations are strongly preferred.


Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.


If this sounds like a compelling opportunity, and you are innovative, a strong collaborator, with the skill set described above, we would love to hear from you!

The salary for this position is $68,000-$73,000 per year and Goucher offers a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply for this position, please visit  The review of applications will begin immediately. 

Please submit the following application materials online:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Employment is contingent on a background check and continued ability to enter the state prisons, typically including a security screening by the state prison system.


Goucher College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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  • Reed Young
    published this page in Job Board 2020-11-20 13:58:10 -0500