Position Description & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, the Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Operations (AVP) provides strategic leadership for the College’s development and alumni relations infrastructure and serves as a key partner to colleagues to utilize data and analytics to drive fundraising success. In addition to providing oversight for the College’s central fundraising services, the AVP leads four essential teams – Information and Technology Systems; Records and Gifts Management; Prospect Development; and Donor Relations – to create and sustain a customer-service oriented and donorcentric Advancement operation.

  • Serve as a member of the Development and Alumni Relations leadership team to recommend appropriate courses of action to demonstrate and sustain a culture of service and business support to enhance philanthropic giving to the College.
  • Institutionalize a data driven decision culture to utilize data and analytics to drive fundraising success, especially in the context of Merrimack’s next comprehensive campaign
  • Lead, motivate, and direct four essential teams – Information Technology Systems, Records and Gifts, Prospect Development, and Donor Relations – to create and sustain a high performing, customer-service oriented and donorcentric development operation.
  • Responsible for the strategic design, development and implementation of operational functions that provide a foundation for Development to achieve its goals in fundraising and constituent engagement.
  • Align business support functions, policies and procedures, and technology infrastructure with the strategies, resources, and priorities of the College.
  • Responsible for the conversion/management of Merrimack’s Development’s database and, in partnership with Development colleagues, selection and management of a variety of additional software tools; gift acceptance and processing and fund compliance; as well as prospect research, prospect management and data analysis.
  • Supervise or manage the work of up to 4-7 full-time employees.
  • Travel may be required to meet with donors outside the local area, attend conferences/training, and donor-centered events and activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a discipline related to position responsibilities.
  • Critical thinker with proven analytical abilities.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to delegate and manage numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to motivate, build long-term relationships with, and gain the respect of internal and external constituents.
  • Demonstrate a genuine appetite to contribute to a collaborative, ethical, and professional team environment.
  • A Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing Diversity, Equity and
  • Inclusion as an institutional priority.
  • Key Performance Indicators
    • Input: Programmatic objectives and key results
    • Output: Total productivity, total number of donors, alumni membership
    • Efficiency: Net fundraising production (total revenue minus cost)
    • Outcomes: Improved donor experience and successfully funding College priorities.
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience including 3-5 years managerial experience.
  • 5 years of leadership experience.
  • Experience or involvement with software implementation.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College:

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 7/13/21

Closing Date: 9/13/21

Position Code: 872