Director of Class Campaigns and Annual Fund Leadership

Posted on 01/19/2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Amherst College invites applications for the Director of Class Campaigns and Annual Fund Leadership position. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The Director of Class Campaigns and Annual Fund Leadership is a full-time, year round position, job group and level SM-4. The Director is responsible for the 25th Reunion program and the strategy, management, and growth of the 1821 Society across the Annual Fund program. The Director will work to develop strategies and to implement fundraising activities to meet Annual Fund goals, to cultivate and steward alumni volunteers and donors. In addition, this position will build on the College’s 25th Reunion program success and find new strategies to strengthen donor participation and fundraising totals. Working closely with current staff across Advancement, this position will grow the 1821 Society-which includes the Amherst Fund’s best and most generous donors-through the careful use of data, metrics, and best practices in annual giving.

Reporting to the Director of the Annual Fund, the Director will work closely with the Annual Fund and Leadership Giving teams, coordinating the Advancement Office’s efforts to increase leadership giving to the Annual Fund and work to recruit, train, and support 1821 Society class volunteers. In addition, the Director will travel to meet with 1821 Society donors and volunteers, soliciting support of the College and stewarding these individuals.

The Director will take 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

Class Management

  • Manage fundraising activities for the classes around the 20th and 25th Reunions
  • Implement Annual Fund strategies for classes to reach dollar and participation goal
  • Direct an active volunteer class agent structure
  • Solicit and steward leadership gift in the 12 alumni classes, particularly for reunion classes
  • Travel to meet, solicit, and cultivate volunteers and leadership donors

1821 Society Management

  • Plan strategically all aspects of the 1821 Society of the Annual Fund which recognizes current-use gifts from $1,821 to $100,000+ and accounts for 80% of the $10 million raised each year by the Annual Fund
  • Coordinate stewardship activities, including on and off-campus events, working with Advancement’s events staff
  • Work to strengthen class-based 1821 Society support in collaboration with Annual Fund and Research staff
  • Assist with the recruitment and coordination of 1821 Society volunteers across the program
  • Steward 1821 Society volunteers and work with the Director to coordinate supporting materials
  • Directly solicit and steward a portfolio of leadership prospects in the Annual Fund

Portfolio Management

  • Responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of 1821 Society prospects across classes
  • Develop portfolios for each Annual Fund class manager together with Research
  • Coordinate Annual Fund targets for Leadership Giving prospects with Leadership Giving colleagues and track progress
  • Build Annual Fund leadership pool with a focus on reunion giving and the leadership giving pipeline

Supervision of Annual Fund Leadership Officer

  • Supervise the Annual Fund Leadership Officer



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5 or more years of fundraising experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal customer service, and analytical and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated volunteer management experience
  • Ability to work both independently and creatively within established guidelines, while at the same time functioning as a member of a team in a complex fundraising environment
  • Demonstrated relationship building, initiative, continuous improvement
  • Experience asking for leadership level gifts
  • Database experience, proficient in MS Access, Excel, and Word; and ability to learn new software
  • Some evenings and weekends required as well as travel domestically to visit with prospects and volunteers throughout the year and as necessary

Application Instructions

Interestedcandidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

About Amherst College

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 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico 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 the perfect place to work, learn and live!
Statement of Non-Discrimination

Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer , Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

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