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Leadership Gift Officer

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 28, 2022

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Leadership Gift Officer

Amherst Campus
Full Time

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 Leadership Gift Officer position. The Leadership Gift Officer is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $61,545 - 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 Gift Officer will manage a diverse portfolio of Amherst alumni prospects and donors, including newer graduates whose largest philanthropy is in the future and among whom we must build the habit of giving now. Specifically, they will develop and implement strategies to increase leadership Amherst Fund gifts from the College's youngest and highly diverse alumni. They will work with a portfolio of current and future prospects to build the leadership giving pipeline by engaging with those prospects and identifying opportunities to build community within the alumni body.

The Gift Officer will meet frequently to engage these key members of the Amherst community in conversations leading to increased expendable/Amherst Fund commitments and to six-figure gifts in support of Amherst's current campaign. In the case of alumni from more recent classes, the Development Officer will lay the foundation for future generosity to Amherst. Reporting to a Senior Development Officer, the Development Officer will be an integral member of the College's Leadership Giving team, which is composed of the Senior Director of Major & Planned Gifts, Gift Officers, Senior Major Gift Officers, Development Assistants, and Gift Planning colleagues.

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 consisting of a diverse group of 100-150 prospective leadership donors, and future track donors
  • Strategize with Advancement colleagues for the design and implementation of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies, including events
  • Serves as a point of contact for targeted fundraising initiatives and efforts across college divisions, departments and/or affinity/interest groups
  • As appropriate, travel to engage diverse members of the Amherst community


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3 years of experience working in a fundraising environment, 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
  • Able to travel 50% of the time to different areas of the country
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to working with a diverse community

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 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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