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Position Title: Director of Advancement Services

Overview of the College:

Founded in 1997, Olin College is a selective, gender-balanced undergraduate engineering institution with a dual mission to educate exemplary engineering innovators and to lead the transformation of engineering education. Olin embraces “people to people” engineering: starting from understanding people and their needs, to designing solutions, to delivering new technologies and services to people and society at large. Olin’s innovative approach to engineering education erases disciplinary boundaries and encourages students to take control of their own learning. Olin students learn through project-based, collaborative activities and develop 21st century skills and perspectives by taking on authentic engineering challenges and entrepreneurial experiences. Olin has forged active partnerships with neighboring Babson and Wellesley Colleges and has co-designed transformative educational experiences with a broad range of collaborators around the globe.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manages all operational functions related to major gift portfolio management reporting, gift and pledge processing, biographical and prospect data entry and reporting. This includes overseeing all data management and reporting for Development, Family and Alumni Relations (DFAR) activities involving the use of the Jenzabar Institutional Advancement database and the management of processes to ensure the proactive engagement of annual fund, special gifts and  major gift prospects by the DFAR team and others in the College, and the accuracy of DFAR’s financial, biographical, and prospect data;
  • Directly supervises Data Manager and Researcher;
  • Serves as the department liaison with the offices of Information Technology, Financial Affairs and other departments that use the Jenzabar database;
  • Oversees prospect management activities, including prospect analysis, moves management, planning, implementation, reporting and plans adjustment;
  • Works with Vice President and Director of Development to prepare reports for the President and Board of Trustees that track and analyze progress towards goals. Responsible for the preparation of reports for the Board of Trustees and provides staff support to the Trustee Development Committee and other committees;
  • Contributes to the creation of fundraising strategies and priorities, and provides prospect management and research in support of donor identification, engagement, gift acquisition, and stewardship;
  • Develops and implements the skills and behaviors associated with design thinking, systems thinking and team collaboration—hallmarks of Olin College;
  • Continues professional development as it relates to the many aspects of the field of institutional advancement.


  • Bachelor degree required;
  • Minimum four years of experience in advancement services;
  • Proven record of successful development team management;
  • Knowledge of fundraising, utilization of data management systems in fund-raising and the prospect management process;
  • Excellent communicator with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a teamwork atmosphere with other development and College personnel;
  • The ambition to grow one’s program, delight in bringing satisfaction to donors and support to Olin College and to celebrate the success of the team;
  • Ability to motivate staff and colleagues, especially those responsible for major gift fundraising and ensure quality work from them;
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Ability to set annual, monthly and weekly goals, and plan causal actions: act, evaluate, adjust and regularly report progress toward goals.


Interested Candidates

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Non-discrimination/Affirmative Action Statement

In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering does not discriminate in admission, programs, services or employment—including the recruitment, hiring, training and promotion of persons in all job classifications—on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Olin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.