Full-time, year round position, salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
The Senior Development Officer is an integral member of the College's Leadership Giving and Advancement staff. This fundraising professional will manage a portfolio of 125-175 Amherst alumni donors and prospective donors and be responsible for the design and implementation of their cultivation and solicitation strategies. The Senior Development Officer will travel frequently to engage these key members of the Amherst community in conversations leading to six and seven figure gifts. Reporting to the Executive Director of Leadership Giving, the Senior Development Officer will be an integral member of the College's Leadership Giving team, which is comprised of fellow Senior Development Officers, Development Officers, Development Assistants, and Gift Planning, Parent Giving and Donor Relations colleagues. The position will play a vital role in the raising of Leadership gifts in support of Amherst's upcoming campaign. The Senior Development Officer takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
The successful candidate should have a strong appreciation for Amherst College and a clear understanding and appreciation of the role of a private liberal arts college and commitment to its mission.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage a portfolio of 125-175 Amherst alumni donors and prospective donors.
- Responsibility for the design and implementation of their cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
- Frequent travel to engage these key members of the Amherst community.
- Closing six- and seven-figure gifts in support of Amherst's established priorities.
- Bachelor's Degree
- Proven success closing six figure and above gifts or applicable and relevant experience in a related field.
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate and advance relationships strategically and proactively.
- An unassailable sense of judgment and integrity.
- Personal capacity to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
- Travel to different areas of the country frequently.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!