Development Officer

Amherst, MA
Mar 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full-time, year round full-time position, salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

The Development Officer will manage a portfolio of 125-175 Amherst alumni donors and prospective donors, including Future Track donors. The Development Officer will travel frequently to engage these key members of the Amherst community in conversations leading to increased expendable/Annual Fund commitments and to six-figure gifts. In the case of Future Track donors, the Development Officer will lay the foundation for future generosity to Amherst.Reporting to the Executive Director of Leadership Giving, the Development Officer will be an integral member of the College's Leadership Giving team, which is comprised of fellow Development Officers, Senior Development Officers, Development Assistants, and Gift Planning, Parent Giving and Donor Relations colleagues.

This individual will play a vital role in the raising leadership-level Annual Fund gifts, and ultimately endowment-level gifts in support of Amherst's upcoming campaign.

The Development Officer takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of 100-175 Leadership Giving donors, prospective donors, and future track (unrated) donors; eventually taking on more highly-rated prospects with the ultimate closing of six- and seven-figure gifts in support of Amherst's established priorities.
  • Strategize with the Executive Director for the design and implementation of their cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Frequent travel to engage these key members of the Amherst community.
  • Secure leadership Annual Fund gifts.



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Two years' 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 35-50% of the time to different areas of the country.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!


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