Merrimack College is a selective, private college in a beautiful,
residential setting — just minutes from Boston,
The Development Associate, Girard
School of Business and School of Arts and Sciences, will provide
direct administrative support to the Director of Development
overseeing fundraising initiatives for the Girard School of
Business and the School of Arts and Sciences. The department seeks
a personable and engaged individual who cares about relationship
management and who is eager to contribute through excellent
interpersonal, writing, reporting, and project management skills.
This position requires collaborative interactions with members
within the department as well as with academic leaders, faculty,
staff and donors.
- As a true partner, you will support the development and
administrative processes integral to our work, and must be
extremely detail-oriented and ensure delivery of impeccable donor
- Responsible for assisting in the preparation of donor reports,
briefings, drafting and preparing correspondence and proposals,
stewardship reports, and presentations.
- Coordinate hospitality for development visitors, including
reserving meeting room(s), coordinating catering/refreshments,
campus access, preparing thank-you gifts, etc.
- The Development Associate will represent ODAR in their assigned
unit and will assist the Director by providing the strategic
direction of the assigned unit’s development programs and
initiatives, as well as operational management for those
- Proactively manage calendars, schedules, budgets, and
- In collaboration with the Director, assist with the management
of the Board of Advisors
- (BOA) activities and events for the assigned units.
- Provides administrative support for the fundraising team
including data entry for visit reports and supporting prospect
tracking while aiding in continuous improvement in the frontline
team’s reporting processes.
- Build and nurture effective working relationships with alumni,
parents, friends, volunteers, board members, and staff.
- Assist with special donor events and Office of Development and
Alumni Relations programs, which will include some evening and
- Perform other special projects related to the goals of the
development team, as assigned.
Application Materials Should Include:
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an
understanding of ethics related to development activities and to
use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects, volunteers
- Accomplished interpersonal skills with the diplomacy, poise,
and emotional intelligence required to build relationships with
parents, alumni, donors, staff and board members. Demonstrated
experience forming meaningful, long-term relationships with donors;
excellent interpersonal skills.
- Effective team worker who can demonstrate a collaborative
approach when working with colleagues.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the
ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
- Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing
events and other activities supporting development objectives.
- Strong analytical skills to think strategically, evaluate and
understand data, identify key areas, develop appropriate solutions,
and achieve goals and meet deadlines.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
with flexibility and adaptability to changing deadlines and urgent
- Experience using Relationship Management Databases and Google
- Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position,
citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including
experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian
mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable
and inclusive institution of higher learning.
This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal
Vaccinations and Work Location
This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order
to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for
our students and the community.
The COVID-19 vaccine and booster for which an individual may be
eligible are highly recommended for students, faculty and staff.
Merrimack College does not require proof of COVID vaccination for
enrollment, employment or to be a guest on our campus.
Statement on Our Mission
Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher
education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse
community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and
empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the
Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and
Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can
contribute to Merrimack’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and
values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and
inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of
underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their
application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and
inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture
that supports our Catholic and Augustinian mission and our values
of diversity, equity and inclusion.
About Merrimack College
The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in
New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent,
coeducational institution with more than 4,000 undergraduate and
1,400 graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries. The
College features more than 100 career-focused undergraduate,
professional and graduate programs, all taught by exceptional
faculty who are passionate about their subject and student success.
The College has five schools: arts and sciences, engineering and
computational sciences, nursing and health sciences, the Winston
school of education and social policy and the Girard school of
business. The College’s suburban 240-acre campus is approximately
25 miles north of Boston in the towns of North Andover and Andover,
Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges and
Universities/Larger Programs (M1) institution in the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is
one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country
and has steadily climbed up in the U.S. News & World Report’s
ranking of Best Colleges, ranking 33rd in the Regional Universities
North category in 2024. Merrimack is a NCAA Division I athletic
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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