The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is searching for an accomplished fundraising professional to lead our development office as the school embarks on the next chapter of its remarkable journey. Rated the most improved business school in the U.S. by BusinessWeek, the Isenberg School is coming off nine years of incredible improvement in quality and reputation. The school was ranked the #15 public business school in the country (BusinessWeek) and its position among the top b-schools in the country is reflected in its iconic building. We are looking for an Executive Director of Development to lead the Isenberg fundraising team and partner with our alumni to actualize their philanthropic objectives. In the decade ahead, the school will work to help propel the University toward Top 20 status, and create economic development opportunities for the Commonwealth and region. The active engagement and support of our alumni and friends will be central to the school’s ability to realize its full potential in the years ahead. We are looking for an Executive Director of Development who will provide leadership and vision for the full breadth of our associated advancement efforts. Reporting to both Isenberg’s Dean and the University’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Constituent Programs, this position is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive, leading-edge, and sustainable advancement program for the School.
What you'll be doing:
Working in close partnership with the Isenberg Dean to lead the analysis, formation, and implementation of fundraising plans and priorities.
Building and mentoring an effective team; empowering them to achieve their goals, and putting those goals into broader context.
Nurturing long-term relationships with alumni, parents, business leaders, faculty and staff that realize both the school’s and donor’s philanthropic needs and priorities. Leading a team of committed development professionals in their own efforts at building engaged and sustainable philanthropic relationships.
Developing and implementing specifically crafted cultivation and solicitation strategies to secure major and principal gifts.
Serving as a member of Isenberg’s leadership team and ensuring optimum cross-functional collaboration and alignment.
Collaborating with the University’s Gift Planning, Principal Giving, Regional Giving and Corporate and Foundation Relations teams, as well as other development units on campus, to prepare and communicate solicitation strategies.
We'd love to hear from you if:
You have a consistent track record of leading teams to achieve bold fundraising goals.
You possess strong communication and relationship building skills. You know how to tell a visionary story—you can capture the unique vision of what we do and inspire alumni with a sense of what’s possible.
You demonstrate initiative and the ability to tackle obstacles creatively in pursuit of your goals.
You understand what it means to compete as part of a team.
You are results-minded and see how to capitalize on the diverse strengths of people around you to succeed.
You are a confident leader who recognizes that the success of your team and the objectives of the school come before your own personal objectives … and you know how to recognize this in other people.
You are available to travel on a frequent basis and are willing to work evenings and weekends.
This position requires a sophisticated and entrepreneurial development professional with demonstrated experience in leading a dynamic fundraising team. You will make a significant contribution to both alumni experience and fundraising goals, at a school that takes both seriously.
Special Instruction to Applicants:
Please submit your resume and letter of interest here. We will be reviewing applications immediately and will accept applications until the position is filled.
The UMass Amherst Foundation is a growing organization that looks for team members to grow with it. We offer a generous benefits package, a diverse and inclusive culture, and a dedication to career development.
UMass Amherst has a rich history in support of social justice and in efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus. The University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation is committed to employing a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.