Williamstown, MA

Alumni Fund Development Officer for Communications and Student Engagement, Williams College

The Organization

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts with easy access to the culturally rich cities of Albany, Boston, and New York City. The College is committed to building and supporting a diverse population of approximately 2,000 students, and to fostering an inclusive faculty, staff and curriculum. Williams has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students. Please visit the Williams College website (http://www.williams.edu ).

Position Overview

The Williams College Development Office is pleased to announce an opening for an Alumni Fund Development Officer for Communications and Student Engagement. This newly created role will help create connections between a highly dedicated alumni donor base and the campus community, while working with students and on social media to share information about the important role philanthropy plays in providing a Williams education.

Generations of giving through the Alumni Fund has enabled Williams to intensify its efforts to bring to campus the best students from around the world based on who they might become, not how much they can afford to pay, and to support every aspect of their experience once on campus. More recently, this commitment has led to a transformation of the student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas.

Candidates from historically underrepresented groups and those who have experience working with a broadly diverse student population are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter what particular skills, strengths, and experiences they will bring to the position and the college, and to reflect on their experience with and commitment to supporting diverse, inclusive, and equitable communities.


The Alumni Fund Development Officer for Communications and Student Engagement is responsible for the development and ongoing management of a student philanthropy program, along with multi-platform cross-class and affinity-based cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Serve as social media manager for development, working closely with colleagues in alumni relations and communications to ensure a comprehensive social media strategy that supports philanthropy is in place and shared by all those with access to post.
  • Grow Social Media Ambassador volunteer program, and harness the existing alumni social networks to help share good news from and about Williams across multiple platforms.
  • Analyze the reach and impact of messaging via different channels, including social media and direct mail, email, and text campaigns.
  • Collaborate with Alumni Fund staff to identify affinity- and other cross-class segments for cultivation and solicitation. Author cross-class appeals and facilitate thorough and accurate data extractions for solicitation.
  • Develop a programmatic vision and identify opportunities for campus partnerships in creating a successful 4-year student engagement and philanthropy program that promotes a) all aspects of Williams’s mission; b) an in-depth understanding of the financial operations of Williams and the importance of philanthropic support; c) an understanding of the importance of the role of alumni in extending Williams’s legacy; and d) an understanding of the role philanthropy plays in service, a hallmark of Williams’s core values.
  • Recruit, train, and coach a student corps of approximately 10, who will be a visible presence around campus and among students, and who will be highly engaged with members of the alumni body to share news, information, and personal experiences from campus.
  • Plan and implement a phone-, email-, and text-based engagement program designed to connect students with alumni to promote overall engagement with the college.
  • Provide ongoing mentoring and management of the participating students.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience (preferably in higher or secondary education) or other directly related experience, including communications/marketing, fundraising, or working with students and/or volunteers
  • Exceptional writing and oral communications skills
  • Previous social media or marketing experience across multiple platforms, including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat
  • Demonstrated interest in working with undergraduate students and/or volunteers
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with volunteer leaders, students, and donors.
  • Ability to analyze data quantitatively and qualitatively
  • A strong desire to learn the unique characteristics and culture of Williams College and appreciate the passion and expectations of its alumni
  • Strong understanding of most aspects of fundraising principles, practices, techniques, and philosophy in higher education preferred
  • A moderate amount of travel, evening, and weekend responsibilities are required

For optimal consideration, please submit resume materials by August 17, 2018. Review of resumes will continue until the position is filled. Job Group 2-D.

Conditions of Employment

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

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.

To apply for this position, please visit https://employment.williams.edu/staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at hr@williams.edu.

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