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Education: Higher Education

Senior Director of Leadership Giving

Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts

Renowned for its talented students, committed faculty and rigorous academic life, Amherst College is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation. Amherst’s classes are characterized by spirited interchange among students and acclaimed faculty skilled at asking challenging questions. Diversity, defined in its broadest sense, is fundamental to Amherst; for the past several years more than 40 percent of Amherst’s students have been students of color.

The school’s faculty members are distinguished professors in every field who regard teaching as a calling and an art. They include award-winning scholars, artists, and scientists who have prepared thousands of Amherst graduates for successful lives and careers. Without its alumni’s love for — and loyalty to — the College, Amherst would not be Amherst. More than 60 percent of Amherst’s alumni make a gift to Amherst each year—among the highest alumni participation rates in the country. Since its 1821 founding, Amherst has demonstrated steadfast confidence in the value of the liberal arts and the importance of critical thinking.

The Opportunity

A member of the advancement senior leadership team, the Senior Director of Leadership Giving will contribute to the overall development strategy of Amherst College. The Senior Director will possess a unique ability to raise donor sights, articulate aspirational goals and ideas, set priorities, and present philanthropic opportunities. S/He will participate in discussions related to campaign planning, volunteer management, and goal setting, and serve as the key decision maker in all leadership giving activities. At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in development with a proven ability to engage individuals and secure commitments is required.

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