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Senior Development Officer

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Senior Development Officer position. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Senior Development Officer is an integral member of the College's Major & Planned Gifts and Advancement staff. This fundraising professional will manage a portfolio of 125-175 diverse 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 Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts, the Senior Development Officer will be an integral member of the College's Major Gifts team, which is comprised of fellow Senior Development Officers, Development Officers, Development Assistants, and Gift Planning, and Parent Giving.

This individual will play a vital role in raising major gifts in support of Amherst's funding priorities and as part of the Promise campaign.

Summary of 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 (currently limited by Covid-19 pandemic) along with virtual (Zoom) visits to engage these key members of the Amherst community.
  • Work to increase the diversity of the College's donor base so it more closely aligns with the diversity of the alumni body.
  • 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 across a diverse alumni base.
  • An unassailable sense of judgment and integrity.
  • Personal capacity to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to contributing to an inclusive culture.
  • Able to travel 35-50% of the time to different areas of the country.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 2021-11-13 Expires: 2021-12-15

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