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Director of Advancement Operations Amherst, MA

Amherst College, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, seeks an experienced professional to assume the role of Director of Advancement Operations (Director). Reporting to the newly created position of Associate Chief Advancement Officer (ACAO), the Director will be a member of an accomplished, highly functioning advancement team, and will provide strategic leadership in Amherst’s advancement services to create and manage an effective infrastructure that supports the College’s fundraising and alumni engagement activities.

Leading a team of fourteen and with three direct reports, the Director will manage Advancement Data Services (which includes biographical data and gift and pledge processing), Advancement Reporting & Systems, and Advancement Operations (which includes budget and finance), and is responsible for management of the Advancement CRM, software and databases; gift and pledge processing; reporting; data input and retrieval; web application development and maintenance; prospect management and tracking systems; as well as additional duties as assigned by the ACAO. The Director is a key administrative liaison with several campus departments including Information Technology, Institutional Research, and Registrar.

The Director will take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and will participate in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Cathy Cotton and Lisa Clayton.


Amherst College does not discriminate in its admission or employment policies and practices on the basis of factors such as race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, color, religion, national origin, disability or veteran status. The College complies with federal and state legislation and regulations regarding non-discrimination.


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