Associate Athletic Director for Advancement – University of Massachusetts Lowell


FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailUMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The campus offers its 17,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, engineering, education, fine arts, health sciences, humanities, liberal arts, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.

Consistent with the University’s upward trajectory, all athletic programs were elevated from NCAA Division II to Division I as a member of the America East Conference, effective July 1, 2013.

Reporting directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, with a dotted line to the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations, the Associate Athletic Director for Advancement will be responsible for all aspects of annual and major gifts fundraising for the Athletic Department.

H/She will serve as a liaison to the Athletic Department and Athletic Director on all Advancement activities; Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Major Gifts and Special Events to increase donor participation and philanthropic support to Athletics. The Associate Athletic Director for Advancement will develop a comprehensive; Advancement plan for the Athletic Department, and coordinate with the individual sport coaches to determine a comprehensive advancement plan inclusive of constituent engagement, communications, events, solicitation and stewardship for each sport. In conjunction with the Annual Giving Team, h/she will develop a comprehensive strategy for mail, phone and email solicitations to drive annual revenue to the Athletic Department. This individual will develop strategy to define and expand the Soaring River Hawk Club and other special giving clubs for individual sports. In conjunction with the Major Gifts Team, h/she will cultivate 200-250 major gift and corporate prospects to drive endowment and capital revenue to the Athletic Department. This individual will develop a suite of collateral materials to support athletic fundraising inclusive of event invitations, annual giving solicitations/brochures, and Case for Support materials. As part of the Athletic External Operations team, establish key working relationships with Athletic Department personnel, specifically the Athletic Administration and coaches of individual sports. Related duties as assigned by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Principal Gifts and/or the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations.

Minimum Qualifications:

– Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred from a recognized college or university
– Minimum of five to seven years relevant experience with a proven track record in advancement or athletics
-The ability to work effectively with diverse groups

Preferred Qualifications:

-Top-notch relationship building skills and internal organizational skills are a must
– Experience in higher education and managing multiple projects in a fast paced environment is preferred
– Experience in athletics in an NCAA Division I institution is preferred
– Prior fundraising experience and knowledge of advancement functions in complex organizations preferred

For additional information and to submit an application, go to Please submit a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information of three references. Initial review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.