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University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Development in Amherst, Massachusetts

Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Development

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst



Categories: Advancement/Fundraising

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

The Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Development for Athletics works to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts as determined by the needs of the Athletics development program. This position manages a prospect pool of approximately 100+ prospective donors capable of making gifts of $50,000 or above. The Director works closely with the Senior Associate Athletics Director and other Athletics development officers to create opportunities for increased philanthropic support from constituents, with primary focus on those managed within the prospect pool.

Essential Functions

  • Builds and manages an appropriate portfolio of donors capable of making gifts of $50,000 or more to Athletics. Develops and carries out effective strategies for qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift donors while completing a significant number of face-to-face visits, proposals, and other strategic contacts per year. Consistently conducts the donor cultivation work and planning necessary to have a robust pipeline of major gift proposals.

  • Prepares written proposals, informational materials, endowment agreements, gift illustrations and other materials needed to secure major gifts. Participates cooperatively in the university’s prospect management and tracking system.

  • Works with the Senior Associate Athletics Director to feature prospects in meaningful engagements that build stronger relationships with constituencies. Recommends prospects for volunteer positions, including advisory boards, regional engagement and development committees and other opportunities at the university level.

  • Provides excellent briefing, follow-up, and other support materials that include prospect strategy, meeting objectives, and next steps, to the Athletic Director and other university leaders who meet with assigned prospects. Writes and edits reports, gift agreements and donor proposals. Works with communications staff within Athletics and the university to feature prospects.

  • Follows development procedures with regard to prospect management and documenting contacts. Submits appropriate prospect pool fundraising reports, metrics, and results. Responsible for timely entry of visits, proposals, event attendance and other appropriate fundraising activity.

  • Provides oversight and coordination of sport specific giving for 2-4 teams/head coaches as assigned.

  • Attends on and off campus athletic contests, alumni events and engagement functions in which assigned prospects or athletic donors are present, and as requested by the Senior Associate.

  • Promotes university priorities and image to constituents. Maintains current knowledge of institutional priorities. Proactively anticipates and responds to donor inquiries.

  • Ensures close coordination with all relevant central development, and alumni relations offices, including corporate engagement, foundation relations, gift planning, principal giving, annual giving, alumni relations, and others through close collaboration with the Directors of these central offices.

Other Functions

Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet department, and university goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Minimum of 4 years of professional development experience, with demonstrated fundraising success at the major gift level (five- and six-figures). Equivalent experience in sales or marketing will be considered.

  • Demonstrated understanding of volunteer relations, the vital importance of public higher education and the breadth and complexity of a major research university.

  • Excellent communication and writing skills critical for communicating with a diverse audience, including internal leadership and external donors.

  • Sound judgment and strategic decision-making skills with proven ability to think creatively and reach logical conclusions based on the information available.

  • Strong planning and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize activities to maximize productivity and efficiency, accomplish goals and meet deadlines.

  • Previous experience working with senior level executives.

  • Skilled in using current office technology, including remote connection software (Zoom, Skype).

  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Knowledge of advancement strategies including best practices related to development at institutions of higher education.

  • Knowledge of prospect management systems.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.

Work Schedule

  • Typical work week is Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

  • Required to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.

  • Required to travel independently, 50% of the time or more, within the United States and internationally.

Salary Information

Level 31

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Please apply online and provide cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Please apply by September 27, 2021 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Sep 13 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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