Leadership Annual Giving Officer

Posted on 03/24/2023

Clark University

Worcester, MA

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.

Job Description: 

Clark University seeks a results-oriented individual to join a strategic team of professionals in its annual giving program, The Clark Fund. Currently a $2.6 million per year program, the Clark Fund seeks significant growth as the University works toward advancing its fundraising operation. Under leadership of the Executive Director of Alumni & Friends Engagement and The Clark Fund, this position will work collaboratively with the University Advancement team to solicit new and increased gifts to The Clark Fund, steward donors, and cultivate alumni engagement.

  • Serve as a frontline fundraiser responsible for the discovery, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects capable of making gifts to The Clark Fund of $1,000 and up.
  • Build and maintain a portfolio of Clark Fund prospects and work with Executive Director to establish appropriate goals and metrics for the position.
  • Track all prospect outreach and information in Raiser’s Edge and produce contact reports in a timely fashion.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Alumni Engagement to identify prospects and future volunteer leaders.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in University Advancement (including major and principal gifts, research, and advancement services) to identify and move leadership annual donors through the pipeline.
  • Participate in solicitations during key campaigns including the Cougar Challenge, Spree for Clark, calendar-year end, fiscal-year end, and others.
  • Assist colleagues managing reunion classes with fundraising and solicitation strategies.
  • Travel, mostly in New England and New York, is required for face-to-face solicitation meetings.
  • Some evening and weekend work is required.


  • Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with 2+ years of experience in fundraising, preferably in higher education or a comparable number of years in a sales position.
  • Organized, motivated, enthusiastic, and strategic outreach of annual giving prospects.
  • Proven track record of soliciting annual fund donors and engaging volunteers preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with campus partners to ensure all projects and efforts are coordinated and cohesive.
  • 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 on campus.

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 as a core value: 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. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

Application Instructions: 

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.

To apply for this job please visit clarku.interviewexchange.com.