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Company Name:
Williams College
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Williamstown, Massachusetts
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Director of Donor Relations

Director of Donor Relations
Office of College Relations, Development

The Williams College Development Office is pleased to announce an opening for the Director of Donor Relations, reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development. This is a full-time, year-round, regular appointment.

The goal of donor relations is to express the college's gratitude for the support of its alumni, parents, and friends for their financial contributions and volunteer service to Williams. Good stewardship practices are a priority to the entire college community and demonstrate a sincere appreciation and recognition of the critical role our donor constituency plays in the success and advancement of the college. The donor relations program cultivates and stewards donors through a wide variety of programs and publications including annual fund reports, special presidential correspondence, building signage and commemorative plaques, gift documents, recognition events, and close coordination with members of the academic and administrative staff and students.

We seek a dynamic, creative, and enthusiastic professional with high regard for the value of a liberal arts education, talent in fostering relationships, whole-hearted participation in a team environment, managerial talent, and sincere appreciation for the transformational potential of philanthropy.

The Director of Donor Relations is responsible for the management, oversight, development, coordination, and support of all donor relations activities, including but not limited to:

  • Supervising a team of three people
  • Managing the department budget
  • Setting agendas, schedules, and annual goals for the department, with the support of the director of development
  • Keeping current with and leading the way in industry standards and best practices
  • Researching and preparing correspondence for the president of the college
  • Researching, writing, and preparing annual financial and narrative endowed fund reports
  • Collaborating with development colleagues, administrative offices, faculty, and students in the stewardship of donors
  • Planning and managing recognition events
  • Managing and coordinating the production and installation of recognition plaques, dedication events, and donor gifts


  • Bachelor's degree is required with a minimum five years of progressive nonprofit fundraising and/or stewardship experience (preferably in higher education) or other directly related experience
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Professional and highly skilled oral and written communications are essential (examples required)
  • Effective manager with proven problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Competency in standard office software
  • Flexibility to creatively conceive and adapt different approaches to varied constituencies and staff
  • Moderate amount of travel, evening, and weekend responsibilities is required
  • Knowledge of key issues facing higher education is highly desirable

Preference will be given to candidates with professional development experience who have demonstrated their ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, cultivate relationships with a well-educated and highly sophisticated alumni constituency, interpret confidential data to successfully steward donors, and address sensitive issues raised by alumni.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Job Group 2-E

Employment at Williams is contingent on other 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 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at

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