Employment Opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Council of Independent Colleges, located in Washington DC, is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States.

Available Position(s):​​​​



Development Manager


CIC receives support from philanthropic foundations for its programs and from sponsoring organizations (mainly companies that provide services to member colleges and universities) for its three major annual conferences: the Presidents Institute (the largest meeting of college and university presidents in the country), the Institute for Chief Academic Officers (to which on a rotating basis other senior campus leaders, such as chief financial, student affairs, and development officers, are invited), and the College Media Conference for independent and public college and university PR directors. Sponsorships are also sought for smaller conferences and workshops.

The Development Manager works cooperatively with the Vice President for Development on all matters related to fundraising from sponsors, including relationship building, support solicitation, payment and logistics management, and conference planning and on-site support. These responsibilities require highly effective written and oral communications skills, attention to detail and precision, confidentiality, strong interpersonal skills, good judgment, and intermediate database management abilities to track all aspects of CIC’s relations with sponsoring organizations.

In addition, the incumbent supports the Vice President for Development in the administration of CIC’s leadership development programs for mid-level and senior campus administrators, the Executive and Senior Leadership Academies. This responsibility requires program management skills pertinent to drafting communications, handling sensitive application materials, and managing program budgets.

All CIC staff members are expected to excel at expository writing and oral communication; demonstrate a proactive, positive, and member-focused disposition; be able to prioritize independently among competing priorities; have mature familiarity with Microsoft Office applications; and be inclined to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment.


A bachelor’s degree and some work experience (preferably in a development office of a college or university or higher education association) are required; experience at a CIC member or similar college or university is preferred. Some travel to conferences outside of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area is necessary.

There are currently no available positions.