Development Associate

Development Associate

Posted: July 5, 2023
Position Code: 1081

Position Overview

The Development Associate will provide direct administrative support to the Directors of Development. 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 and staff across campus as well as interactions with Merrimack volunteers and donors.


Responsibilities include:

  • 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.
  • Proactively manage calendars, schedules, budgets, and travel/meeting arrangements.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Some weekend and evening work required. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must possess tact, discretion, sound judgment and initiative. Demonstrated problem-solving skills. Comfort in dealing with a wide range of College constituencies.
  • Proficient with audio/visual and presentation platforms (Zoom, Microsoft Teams or WebEx, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of the Google Suite, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, electronic mail and calendars, mainframe, and internet/HTML that support high-level fundraising and CRM platforms.
  • Strong organizational skills, interpersonal skills and project and time management skills.
  • Prefer candidates have 1 year of experience in a related field such as fundraising, higher education, non-profit, development, alumni relations, and/or marketing. 

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

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Vaccinations and Remote Work 

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 some 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 comprises five schools: liberal arts, science and engineering, 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, coming in 34th out of 175 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2022. Merrimack also ranked 3rd in the Most Innovative Schools category. Merrimack is a NCAA Division I athletic institution.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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