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Assistant Director of Planned Gifts

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

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Assistant Director of Planned Gifts

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 Assistant Director of Planned Gifts position. The Assistant Director of Planned Gifts is a full-time, year-round position starting at $61,545.00 - 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 Assistant Director of Planned Gifts supports the Office of Advancement and Office of Planned Gifts efforts to solicit and administer life income gifts, deferred gifts, and gifts of unusual assets, from a diverse set of current and prospective donors.

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 the content and production of all gift planning marketing materials
  • Oversee the content, including securing diverse donor profile images and quotes, for the gift planning website produced by the marketing supplier
  • Assist the Director in the production of special targeted solicitation and stewardship materials including greeting cards, thank-you letters, broadcast emails, postcards and letters
  • Track the performance and response rate of marketing campaigns
  • Prepare timely and professional responses to requests for gift planning information with meticulous, thoughtful, and appropriate correspondence and maintain internal record-keeping as defined by office protocols
  • Generate professional planned gift proposals using PG Calc® software program and other tools
  • Develop comprehension in, or continued knowledge of, various gift planning instruments, including staying informed about changes in tax regulation, industry trends, and economic indicators
  • Work with the Director and other members of the Office to identify major planned gift prospects and collaborate on diverse and strategic cultivation strategies in partnership with Leadership Gift Officers and track accordingly in the department database
  • Work with the Director and other members of the Office to develop new stewardship strategies for a diverse set of existing planned gift donors and track accordingly in the department CRM database
  • Assist in significantly expanding membership of the Johnson Chapel Associates, Amherst's gift planning society, in coordination with annual giving and leadership gifts teams
  • Must be willing to work occasional weekends throughout the year. (Reunion, various campus events)
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of Amherst College, its history, and diverse people, programs, and initiatives


  • Associate's degree, or 5+ years of experience in lieu of degree
  • Three years of related experience
  • Familiarity with planned giving vehicles and planned giving administration
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and function with absolute accuracy
  • Sensitivity to issues of confidentiality
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to take initiative, and work independently and collaboratively with diverse colleagues and constituents
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, experience with databases, and ability to learn new programs
  • Commitment to or experience working with diverse communities

  • Bachelor's degree

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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