Senior Director of the Amherst Fund
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.
Amherst College invites applications for the Senior Director of the
Amherst Fund position. The Senior Director of the Amherst Fund is a
full-time, year-round position, starting at $150,000 - 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 Director of the Amherst Fund will play a pivotal role in
developing and implementing a comprehensive annual giving program
that supports the college's mission, enhances donor engagement, and
achieves ambitious fundraising goals for the Amherst Fund. The
successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects
of annual giving initiatives, including strategy development, donor
cultivation, solicitation efforts, and stewardship
A senior leader in a 65+ person Advancement office, the person in
this role must be data-driven and able to use analytics to monitor
and evaluate the effectiveness of annual giving initiatives, making
adjustments as needed to optimize results. They must be able to
partner effectively with Advancement Communications to develop
compelling solicitation materials, including direct mail appeals,
email campaigns, and materials for events, including giving day.
The Senior Director must be able to effectively manage a diverse
team of volunteers, including board members, Amherst Fund Committee
members, and class agents, to support annual giving efforts.
Reporting to the Associate Chief Advancement Officer, the Senior
Director will also work closely with the Director of Advancement
Communications, the Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts, and
additional Advancement and College staff and faculty. The Senior
Director will manage a diverse team of ten and provide strategic
and analytical planning, project execution, and lead
decision-making within the Annual Giving team.
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:
- Develop and execute a strategic annual giving plan that aligns
with the college's overall fundraising goals and
- Identify and implement innovative fundraising strategies to
increase donor participation, acquisition, retention, and giving
levels in the Amherst Fund.
- Manage key Amherst Fund program areas including; leadership
giving (1821 Society & Noah Webster Circle), class and reunion
giving, young alumni, and student
- Cultivate and steward a portfolio of annual giving prospects,
including alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the
- Coordinate with Principal Gifts, Major & Planned Giving and
Leadership Giving to ensure annual fund asks are included and
managed in overall fundraising strategy.
- Support the Chief Advancement Officer, President of the
College, Senior Staff, Alumni Executive Committee, and Board of
Trustees on Amherstl Fund related matters. Partner with the
- Advancement Officer, to whom this position reports, to ensure
the alignment of annual alumni programming and engagement with
- Foster a culture of philanthropy among volunteers, ensuring
they understand the importance of their role in achieving
- Generate regular reports and analysis on fundraising progress,
donor trends, and campaign outcomes.
- Utilize data insights to identify donor segments for targeted
appeals, personalize solicitations, and tailor stewardship
- Utilize data-driven analytics to monitor and evaluate the
effectiveness of annual giving initiatives, making adjustments as
needed to optimize results.
- Provide leadership and guidance to annual giving staff (team of
ten), setting clear expectations, providing professional
development opportunities, and fostering a collaborative work
- Recruit, support, and manage the College's Alumni Fund Chairs
and Amherst Fund Council members,
- leveraging their involvement to advance the yearly goals and
priorities of the Alumni Fund.
- Ensure effective coordination and communication with other
departments, such as Advancement Communications and Operations, to
streamline fundraising efforts and maximize outcomes.
- Bachelor's Degree.
- Minimum 8+ years of progressively responsible fundraising and
volunteer management experience.
- Exceptional management skills, both strategic and
- Strong understanding of annual giving best practices, trends,
and emerging strategies.
- Experience utilizing data analytics and fundraising software to
drive donor engagement and inform decision-making.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the
ability to craft compelling solicitation materials and effectively
engage with diverse stakeholders.
- Proven ability to manage and motivate volunteers and
- Strong organizational and project management skills, with the
ability to prioritize multiple initiatives and meet
- Collaborative mindset and ability to work effectively with
- Some evening and weekend work as well as travel required
throughout the year.
- Commitment to or experience working with diverse
- Progressively responsible fundraising and volunteer management
experience in higher education.
Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth
and development, continued learning, and career advancement.
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.
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