Associate Director of Stewardship - Development - College of Engineering

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Dean - Engineering
Pay Grade: 27
Categories: Development & Fundraising, Professional Staff Union (PSU)

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 Associate Director of Constituent Relations and Stewardship for Development in the College of Engineering reports to the Assistant Dean of Development and collaborates with the Dean and development team to promote interest in and loyalty to the college via building relationships with key constituents such as volunteer leaders, alumni, and parents; and additionally, ensuring all donors to the college receive appropriate communications and impact reporting for their support. The incumbent plans and executes alumni and stewardship events for the college and develops programs to cultivate engagement and takes an active role in fostering philanthropic support.


Essential Functions

Constituent Relations

  • Create and implement an engagement strategy for our constituents with a focus on alumni, parents, and volunteer leaders.
  • Plan and execute a suite of annual events including meetings of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the college (2+ annually), homecoming, select donor driven lectures (such as the Ting-Wei Tang lecture) and other events aimed at engaging our constituents.
  • Oversee communications with our volunteer leaders finding opportunities to keep them connected with our activities between board meetings and in person activities.
  • Seek opportunities for our alumni to engage with our current students.
  • Build a culture of engagement with our current students to ensure a robust pipeline of future alumni participation and giving. 
  • Collaborate with colleagues within the college as well as campus wide on all engagement activities.

Donor Stewardship

  • Ensure timely acknowledgement of all gifts to the college using a tiered approach.
  • Produce appropriate stewardship reports on an annual basis for all gifts to the college including special attention to leadership level gifts, endowed professorships, scholarships, fellowships, targeted programmatic and research funds and the like.
  • In coordination with fundraising staff schedule visit with our donors.
  • When appropriate coordinate small meetings and events connecting the Dean, faculty leadership and students to our donors to illustrate the impact of our philanthropic gifts.
  • Think creatively about new and better ways to show appreciation to our donors.
  • Liaise with Director of Marketing and Communications for the college as well as the equivalent staff for the university and advancement to develop gift impact content for publication in print and other media.


  • Partner with Assistant Dean of Development and Assistant Director of Operations on forecasting and ROI evaluation.
  • Partner with fundraising staff on strategic plans to secure additional funding.
  • Serve as primary liaison with central Advancement on alumni relations, annual campaign activities, and events.
  • Ensure all constituent relations and stewardship activities are reflected in our donor database in a timely fashion.


Other Functions

  • Perform 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 and 3 years of related experience.
  • Excellent ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to edit or produce sophisticated and effective reports, spreadsheets, correspondence, and other communications relevant to the position. Superb attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including the ability to interact effectively and create and maintain harmonious relationships with a diverse population of external clients, staff, faculty, students and off-campus constituents.
  • Collaborative work style.
  • Experience in event planning.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of office records and research.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and varying situations with a high degree of independence and initiative, competent judgment and discretion.
  • Advanced computer usage skills, including Microsoft suite of software, Google documents, and word processing.
  • Excellent ability to quickly learn and utilize development/alumni and financial information systems.
  • Ability to carry out assignments in a timely manner, balancing the demands of concurrent and potentially competing projects.
  • Advanced organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to travel for work both locally and domestically.


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

  • Broad understanding of higher education development principles and administration.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.


Work Schedule

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
  • Required to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.


Salary Information

Level 27

PSU Salary Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please apply online and provide cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. 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.

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