Associate Director of The Clark Fund

Posted on 09/13/2022

Clark University

Worcester, MA

  • Serves as a frontline fundraiser for The Clark Fund, manages an appropriately-sized portfolio of donors to The Clark Fund with the purpose of retention and upgrade through face-to-face solicitation (40%)
  • Develops and implements strategy to steward and cultivate The Clark Fund’s giving societies, Jonas Clark Fellows and 1887 Society, including the creation of stewardship materials, working with the Executive Director to develop a programming and event strategy, and developing a communication strategy tailored to both groups (15%)
  • Assists in the execution and planning for The Clark Fund’s giving days including the Cougar Challenge, GivingTuesday, and future giving days/challenges to be developed by the Associate Director. The Associate Director will manage the print and email solicitation schedule for the efforts as well as the management of solicitations of matching and challenge gifts and will work with other frontline fundraisers to ensure goals for the campaigns are met (10%)
  • Collaborates with the Executive Director on the creation of print appeals and copywriting for direct mail and e-mail solicitation (10%)
  • Collaborates with colleagues managing reunion classes on fundraising and solicitation efforts for class gift (10%)
  • Provides support in tracking and analyzing results and evaluating efficacy of program components (10%)
  • Other duties related to The Clark Fund as assigned (5%)


  • Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with 2-5 years of experience in fundraising, preferably in higher education.
  • Proven track-record of soliciting gifts for an annual fund
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possess high ethical standards and an imaginative and energetic approach to annual fundraising.
  • Deadline-driven focus with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; goal and deadline-oriented, self-motivated to reach departmental initiatives.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a similar customer relationship management (CRM) platform; proficient with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Prior experience working with and contributing to a diverse workplace with the ability to interact effectively with a broad range of constituents.

Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities.

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University’s commitment to “challenge convention and change our world” and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark’s many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city “on the rise.” The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

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