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Director of Leadership Giving Amherst, MA

Amherst College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, seeks an experienced and innovative advancement professional to serve as the Director of Leadership Giving to expertly lead the stewardship and solicitation efforts of both leadership and principal gift prospects. The director will work to incorporate the division’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals with respect to leadership giving and advise leadership giving officers on how to formulate effective cultivation and solicitation strategies that will maximize the life-time engagement of prospects. This is an outstanding opportunity to join Amherst’s advancement senior leadership team during its $625 million campaign launched in 2018, Promise: The Campaign for Amherst’s Third Century. To date, the campaign has raised over $518 million from more than 23,000 donors and is on target to meet its goal by 2023.

As a member of the advancement senior leadership team, the director will contribute to discussions related to campaign planning, volunteer management, diversity, equity and inclusion within the division, and goal setting. The director’s prospect portfolio will include both leadership and principal gift prospects (those with assumed gift capacity of $5 million+), and they will serve as a part of the College’s principal gifts team.

With responsibility for leading a team of approximately 16 professionals with four direct reports, the successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues across advancement research, annual giving, and alumni and parent programs, to create a robust and diverse pipeline of leadership and principal gift prospects. The director will also ensure best practices with regard to staff inclusion, engagement and development, working collaboratively to actualize the division’s DEI and anti-racism goals and strategies. The ideal candidate will possess the authenticity and cultural competence necessary to promote an environment of teamwork, collaboration, and shared ideas.

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Jake Lester, Molly Gallagher, 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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