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Development Officer

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jul 1, 2023

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Be central to securing philanthropy for Williams today, and identify and engage major and principal donors for Williams' future as our new Development Officer.

In this role, you will qualify, cultivate, and solicit donors capable of making gifts of $250,000 or more, now or in the near future, with a particular focus on prospective major donors approaching their 20th reunion. In your work, you will raise the philanthropic sights of emerging donors and meaningfully engage them with the work of the college.


The Development Officer is responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a rapidly fluid portfolio of ~200 alumni and family prospects, surfacing leads for the major gifts team and helping to grow the annual fund leadership giving population. As part of this work, you'll also teach philanthropy, plan and host events, organize special projects, campaign-related and regional events, and collaborate with colleagues and alumni throughout the Williams community and beyond.

Required Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree and at least 3 years of experience working in, with, and for non-profits (or equivalent combination of education and experience); preference for previous fundraising experience and/or experience in higher education
    Excellent organizational, oral and written communications skills, and you routinely exhibit the flexibility to creatively conceive and adapt different approaches to varied constituencies
    Experience as a relationship builder, and experience collaboratively setting goals while planning for their achievement and evaluating outcomes
    Direct experience in soliciting, negotiating, and closing leadership gifts, and thrive in an entrepreneurial mindset while working as part of a highly functioning team

Williams is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. 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. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups or who have experience working with a broadly diverse alumni/donor population to apply.

In lieu of a cover letter, please answer this brief survey:

Please also submit your resume through our career site at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting on June 6, 2023. We are also recruiting for a Director of Alumni Fund Leadership Giving with a similar skill set, so please consider applying for both positions.

Pay range is from $70,000 to $80,000, commensurate with experience. Job band 2-E. This role is eligible for up to two days a week remote work after a three month onsite onboarding period, subject to approval and policy.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at


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