Assistant Athletic Director for Advancement & Engagement

Wheaton College of Massachusetts
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

Job Details

Wheaton is a leading private, coeducational, liberal arts college of 1800 students located in Norton, MA and within easy commuting distance of Boston and Providence.

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Assistant Athletic Director for Advancement & Engagement



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Staff Term:

12 Months

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8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

Assistant Athletic Director for Advancement & Engagement works within the Individual and Planned Giving Team, and has a dual report to the Associate Vice President for Individual Giving and the Associate Vice President for Athletics to further the fundraising goals of the Department of Athletics & Recreation. The Assistant Athletic Director will qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni, parents and friends who are capable of making leadership annual gifts ($1,000+), major gifts and/or planned gifts ($50,000+) in support of Athletics. Some travel will be required. Annual goals will be established jointly between the AVP for Athletics and Vice President for Advancement; regular meetings involving the two AVPs and the Assistant Athletic Director will be essential to ensuring sustained progress for annual and multiyear goals and initiatives within the scope of Athletics & Recreation. This position will work with Advancement Communications and the Director of the Wheaton Fund to help develop athletic fundraising communications.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree required. Candidates should have 3-5 years of fundraising experience with a non-profit, including face to face solicitations and experience in relationship building and soliciting four and five-figure gifts (or greater). Strong computer skills and the ability to prioritize and work independently is needed. Excellent communication skills including writing and speaking are important to this position. Candidates must be willing to travel independently by car, train and airplane. Position includes support for and participation in Wheaton’s diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging priorities.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience soliciting and closing five-figure commitments (or greater). The ideal candidate is interested in working with prospects and donors to promote leadership gifts to the college via the athletics & recreation program. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, and experience with Raisers Edge NXT software are a plus. The ability to adapt to new technologies, and handle confidential matters with integrity, tact and discretion is preferred. Teamwork, collaboration, and a sense of humor are a regular component of this role. Familiarity with NCAA athletics is a plus. The ability to comfortably interact with faculty, staff, students, donors, prospects and volunteers is an asset. The ability to manage diverse tasks and projects simultaneously in a fast-paced and complex environment, and influence others to move toward a common vision or goal; meticulous attention to detail, accuracy, and time sensitivity; discretion, diplomacy, and good judgment with confidential information; initiative and adaptability are each assets for this position as well.

Compensation and Benefits

To attract and retain the most talented individuals, Wheaton College maintains a flexible and competitive staff compensation and benefits program.

When determining and establishing hiring rates or recruitment ranges for a position, the College considers a number of factors including the budget for the position, the range of the grade, the external market for the position or similar positions, level and scope of responsibilities, required education, skills and relevant experience as well as internal equity. All salary offers must have the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The anticipated hiring or recruitment range for this position is $55,000 – $62,000.

Physical Demands

Sitting, repetitive hand motion (such as typing), hearing, listening, talking and standing. Office environment/no specific or unusual physical or environmental demands.

ADA Statement:

Individuals must possess these knowledges, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Eeo Statement

Wheaton College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability. In a continuing effort to maintain and enrich an intellectually diverse learning environment, the Department and the College actively encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Wheaton’s core belief is that valuing diversity is pivotal to personal development, intellectual expansion, and societal equity. Our community is united by a shared dedication to equity and access that is essential to providing a transformative education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Special Instructions to Candidates:

The federal government and the state of Massachusetts have made the decision to end the COVID -19 public health emergency. Effective June 1, 2023, the college will no longer require COVID -19 vaccinations and boosters for members of our community. Rather, we strongly recommend that everyone stay up to date on their vaccinations, including boosters, as recommended by their health care provider.

While we will no longer require COVID -19 vaccinations, we strongly encourage members of our campus community to adhere to public health recommendations for vaccination to protect against COVID -19, as well as influenza and other diseases.

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Wheaton College of Massachusetts.

Founded in 1834 in Norton, Massachusetts, Wheaton College is among New England's premier private liberal arts and sciences colleges.

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