September 7, 2021

Donor Engagement Officer

  • Deadline: 13/09/2021
  • Location: Salem, MA
  • Organization: Salem State University
  • Salary:
Full Time

Reporting to the director of leadership and annual giving, the donor engagement officer is responsible for enhancing donor engagement and securing philanthropic support to Salem State by personal outreach with one-to-one communications to engage new donors, renew past donors, and upgrade current donors with a focus on assessing, measuring and ensuring retention goals are met. These efforts will advance constituents who are highly active within annual giving to feed the pipeline of leadership and major gift prospects.

The Advancement Team’s core purpose is to provide meaningful engagement to secure resources in support of the university’s mission. Our team members are driven by our desire to match donor passion with university priorities. We value innovation and positivity in a supportive and collaborative environment. We provide strategic and consistent professional development to enhance each team members’ personal growth. This position offers the right individual an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team who raised a record-breaking $10.5+ million in fiscal year 2020-2021. As we embark on the largest campaign in Massachusetts state university history, we are looking for talented team members who are passionate about providing equal access to high quality education.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One to three years of fundraising and/or marketing/communications experience, preferably in development/advancement and higher education
  • Experience working in web/digital fundraising, alumni relations, volunteer management or related field
  • Digital and social media expertise and experience, especially as related to alumni engagement and donor stewardship or sales related fields

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated editorial experience and skills required
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-pace, deadline driven, goal-oriented environment, simultaneously balancing diverse responsibilities
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and manage complex team projects
  • Ability to coordinate with multiple departments and work both collaboratively and independently
  • Advanced skills in social media platforms, database, Microsoft Office Suite and relevant marketing and communications software

Working Conditions:

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email

Potential for Permanent Hybrid/Remote Work:

Institutional Advancement is part of a project to move some administrative functions to a permanent remote/hybrid work model, including this position. The permanent remote/hybrid work model project is currently in Phase One. During this phase detailed plans and policies will be developed, including the identification and provision of shared, reservable space for the occasional on-campus work that members of department, including this position, may need to do. Applicants should be aware the position will start out 100% remote and may remain largely remote thereafter. The university reserves the right to set the conditions and location of the employment, including changing to a more traditional in-house work model if that is necessary to effectively meet the mission of the university and responsibilities of this position.

Ability to work a flexible schedule according to departmental needs, which may include occasional evenings and weekends.

Must hold and maintain a valid, unrestricted United States driver’s license with an insurable driving history as determined by Salem State’s insurance carrier.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to background check.

This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.

EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

How to apply:

Lori Boudo