The Development Associate, Girard School of Business and School of Arts and Sciences, will provide direct administrative support to the Director of Development overseeing fundraising initiatives for the Girard School of Business and the School of Arts and Sciences. The department seeks a personable and engaged individual who cares about relationship management and who is eager to contribute through excellent interpersonal, writing, reporting, and project management skills. This position requires collaborative interactions with members within the department as well as with academic leaders, faculty, staff and donors.
- As a true partner, you will support the development and administrative processes integral to our work, and must be extremely detail-oriented and ensure delivery of impeccable donor services.
- Responsible for assisting in the preparation of donor reports, briefings, drafting and preparing correspondence and proposals, stewardship reports, and presentations.
- Coordinate hospitality for development visitors, including reserving meeting room(s), coordinating catering/refreshments, campus access, preparing thank-you gifts, etc.
- The Development Associate will represent ODAR in their assigned unit and will assist the Director by providing the strategic direction of the assigned unit’s development programs and initiatives, as well as operational management for those programs.
- Proactively manage calendars, schedules, budgets, and travel/meeting arrangements.
- In collaboration with the Director, assist with the management of the Board of Advisors
- (BOA) activities and events for the assigned units.
- Provides administrative support for the fundraising team including data entry for visit reports and supporting prospect tracking while aiding in continuous improvement in the frontline team’s reporting processes.
- Build and nurture effective working relationships with alumni, parents, friends, volunteers, board members, and staff.
- Assist with special donor events and Office of Development and Alumni Relations programs, which will include some evening and weekend work.
- Perform other special projects related to the goals of the development team, as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development activities and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects, volunteers and others.
- Accomplished interpersonal skills with the diplomacy, poise, and emotional intelligence required to build relationships with parents, alumni, donors, staff and board members. Demonstrated experience forming meaningful, long-term relationships with donors; excellent interpersonal skills.
- Effective team worker who can demonstrate a collaborative approach when working with colleagues.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
- Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other activities supporting development objectives.
- Strong analytical skills to think strategically, evaluate and understand data, identify key areas, develop appropriate solutions, and achieve goals and meet deadlines.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with flexibility and adaptability to changing deadlines and urgent priorities.
- Experience using Relationship Management Databases and Google Suite preferred.
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.
This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Vaccinations and Work Location
This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.
The COVID-19 vaccine and booster for which an individual may be eligible are highly recommended for students, faculty and staff. Merrimack College does not require proof of COVID vaccination for enrollment, employment or to be a guest on our campus.
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 Catholic and 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 Catholic and Augustinian mission and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
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 4,000 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries. The College features more than 100 career-focused undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, all taught by exceptional faculty who are passionate about their subject and student success. The College has five schools: arts and sciences, engineering and computational sciences, nursing and health sciences, the Winston school of education and social policy and the Girard school of business. The College’s suburban 240-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in the towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges and Universities/Larger Programs (M1) 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 in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, ranking 33rd in the Regional Universities North category in 2024. Merrimack is a NCAA Division I athletic institution.
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.