The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) at UMass Amherst excels in world-class research, award-winning teaching, and distinguished outreach and service. We believe research in the life, environmental, computational, and physical sciences and at their interfaces touches lives. We are passionate about reducing energy costs, transforming disease treatment, sustaining our natural resources, creating new materials, and improving the food we eat and the world we live in. CNS has 400 faculty members, who work across thirteen departments and two schools. These distinguished faculty are awarded half of the total academic research grants on campus and are routinely listed among the world’s leading scientific minds in Thomson Reuters surveys. CNS faculty are equally dedicated to effective teaching and committed to mentoring over 7,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students, at least 25% of whom are the first in their family to attend college and/or from an underrepresented group in STEM. From innovations in knowledge and education, to the development of new materials, systems, and tools, to partnering with the community, CNS engages in scientific discoveries and education that make a difference.
Reporting to both the Dean of the College and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Constituent Programs, the Assistant Dean for Advancement for CNS assumes principal responsibility for the College’s coordinated development, communication and alumni engagement efforts. In this role, you will lead a team of development and communications professionals and will partner with our alumni to actualize their philanthropic objectives and produce significant, sustainable societal returns.
With an expanding alumni base and greater giving opportunities, we are ready for an analytical and inspiring leader to help us realize the growth potential of the College.
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership:
Working in close partnership with the dean to lead the analysis, formation, and implementation of integrated development, communications and alumni relations plans and priorities aligned with the mission-driven aspirations of the college.
Building and mentoring an effective team; empowering them to achieve their goals, and putting those goals into broader context.
Cultivating long-term relationships with alumni, parents, business leaders, faculty and staff that realize both the college'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.
Providing leadership for the Director of Communications, and in coordination with this director, developing and executing a comprehensive, and long-term College-wide communications, marketing, and branding strategy consistent with the strategic goals, plans, and aspirations as set forth by the dean.
Serving as a member of the CNS 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.
Advancing the college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion).
Developing a group of key volunteers through the establishment and strengthening of volunteer advisory boards for the College.
Qualities and Qualifications:
A minimum of six years of progressively responsible fundraising and managerial experience, preferably within a public research institution. A consistent track record of achieving bold fundraising goals and the ability to inspire and mentor a team to do the same.
Strong skills and experience in communication and relationship building. You can capture the unique vision of what we do and inspire alumni with a sense of what’s possible.
Demonstrated initiative and the ability to tackle obstacles creatively in pursuit of your goals.
Results-minded and have ability to see how to capitalize on the diverse strengths of people around you to succeed.
You are emotionally intelligent and can diplomatically and sensitively collaborate across teams and navigate a complex academic community to execute initiatives effectively. Ability to operate with strong personal integrity and work ethic, and maintain a sense of humor and perspective.
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:
If this is you, 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.