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Senior Gift Officer - Manager of Staff Development

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 Gift Officer - Manager of Staff Development position. The Senior Gift Officer - Manager of Staff Development is a full-time, year-round position starting at $115,000 - commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Senior Gift Officer - Manager of Staff Development - Manager of Staff Development (currently called 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 Amherst alumni and prospective donors and be responsible for the design and implementation of their cultivation and solicitation strategies. The Senior Gift Officer (currently Senior Development Officer) will also have supervisory responsibilities, managing the Gift Officers (currently called Development Officers). The SGO may travel frequently to engage these key members of the Amherst community in conversations leading to six and seven-figure gifts. Reporting to the Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts, the Senior Gift Officer will be an integral member of the College's Major Gifts team, comprised of fellow Senior Gift Officers, Gift Officers, Major and Gift Planning Assistants, and Gift Planning.

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

The person in this role is expected to work as part of a collaborative and inclusive team including taking appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participating in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. In addition, all advancement staff members are required to support and staff key events such as Reunion, Homecoming, and Family Weekend. These events may require occasional evening and weekend hours.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of 125-175 diverse Amherst alumni donors and prospective donors.
  • Responsible 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.
  • Closing six- and seven-figure gifts in support of Amherst's established priorities.

Supervision of Gift Officers
  • Promote excellence and an environment of teamwork, collaboration, and shared ideas by providing clear direction and helping set priorities for Development Officers, ensuring that each establishes mutually agreed upon, well-defined and measurable goals. The SGO will provide guidance, support, and professional development resources necessary for Gift Officers to strengthen their work and achieve their goals.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Proven success closing six-figure and above gifts or applicable and relevant experience in a related field.
  • Minimum of five years' experience in the development field including substantial work and success in soliciting major gifts and marketing planned gifts
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and advance relationships strategically and proactively in a consistent and systematic way.
  • Ability to lead by example, modeling successful strategies and communicating those with and among colleagues
  • An unassailable sense of judgment and integrity.
  • Personal capacity to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to travel 35-50% of the time as circumstances require
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to working with diverse communities.

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

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. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 2022-09-09 Expires: 2022-10-11

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