Assistant Director of Development & Stewardship

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally-ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Director of Development & External Relations, the Assistant Director of Development & Stewardship promotes the near- and long-term success of fundraising for the College by developing programs and communications to foster alumni loyalty and engagement, ensuring that donors receive appropriate recognition for their support, and visiting potential donors. This position works closely with the Director of Development & External Relations and the Director of Communication to engage external audiences, promote interest in and loyalty to the College, ensure the loyalty of existing donors, and develop a pipeline of potential donors. The incumbent represents the College at events and takes an active role in the College’s community, diversity, and social justice initiatives.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for developing programs, events, and communications to engage current donors, potential donors, alumni, and parents with the aim of fostering philanthropic support, as well as other benefits for the student population, such as career advice, networking, and internship opportunities.  Includes direct face-to-face meetings with potential donors. 
  • Develop programs in concert with other College units as well as the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, Career Services Office, and Development Office as appropriate. 
  • Alumni Communication and Engagement:
    • Identify and write stories about Honors College alumni and programs that connect alumni and current students.  Develop the content for and distribution of paper and electronic communications tailored to Commonwealth Honors College alumni and other potential donors. 
    • Share alumni-related stories with the Director for Communication for promotion elsewhere.
    • Develop programs and events to foster alumni loyalty and goodwill toward Commonwealth Honors College and UMass Amherst.  Develop a plan for and organize on-campus reunions, off-campus events, and opportunities for alumni to share their advice and experiences with current students.  Partner with Honors College staff and the campus’s Alumni Office as appropriate.
    • Work with the Director of Development and External Relations to identify, track, and further engage potential up-and-coming donors and opinion leaders.
  • Donor Stewardship:
    • Track the use of gift funds and ensure that all major donors receive appropriate information on the use of their gifts.
    • Organize events to ensure that as many major donors as possible meet the beneficiaries of their generosity and/or see their funds at work.  Organize the College’s annual scholarship awards reception for recipients and donors (or develop alternative stewardship tools), and organize one-on-one or small group gatherings to ensure that donors understand the value of their support to the College.
    • Communicate with student recipients and other beneficiaries of donor gifts to document the use of gifts and capture stories about the benefits of the gifts.
    • Organize and produce annual updates for all major donors and endowment donors on the use of their funds.
  • Fundraising:
    • Expand the long-term Commonwealth Honors College fundraising pipeline through qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship visits with donors and potential donors, with a particular focus on new donors and those with long-term potential.
    • Expand and deepen support for Commonwealth Honors College among other constituents, including parents.  Partner with other offices as appropriate, including Career Services, Alumni Office, Parent Programs, Admissions, University Relations, and other offices to build volunteer programs that strengthen the Honors College and builds a large community of informed supporters.


Other Functions

Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree. 
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a combination of relevant areas: fundraising, alumni relations, organizing events, stewarding donors, writing newsletters/utilizing new media to engage constituents, and public speaking.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Capable of working successfully with diverse populations.


Preferred Qualifications

Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a combination of relevant areas: fundraising, alumni relations, organizing events, stewarding donors, writing newsletters/utilizing new media to engage constituents, and public speaking within higher education.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment activity. 


Additional Details

  • Reports directly to the Director of Development & External Relations, Commonwealth Honors College.
  • May supervise up to two student employees at any given time.


Work Schedule

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Some travel as well as evening and weekend work required. 


Salary Information

Level 25

PSU Salary Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include a cover letter, resume, and names of three professional references by January 18, 2020, for priority consideration. The position may remain open until filled.

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