Senior Director of Advancement Operations

Allegheny College, a selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Senior Director of Advancement Operations.  This is a full-time exempt position. Reporting to the Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, the Senior Director of Advancement Operations is a vital member of the Development leadership team and provides critical support in a fast-paced, lively, and collegial atmosphere. The incumbent must be an effective and agile multi-tasker with an ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information, prioritize competing assignments and deadlines, while producing highly accurate work. The capacity for clear, thoughtful communication, strong analytical skills, and attention to detail are critical. The position requires the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, as well as the ability to work with a positive attitude, grace under pressure, and tight deadlines.

The Senior Director of Advancement Operations is responsible for the alignment and implementation of support functions and infrastructure that supports Development in achieving its annual fundraising goals and constituent engagement. The Senior Director of Advancement Operations supervises the functions and team members in Advancement Operations, which includes technology and information operations, database management, technology support, gift processing and records, biographical records, and prospect management and research.

The Senior Director of Advancement Operations serves to build, sustain, encourage, and support productive relationships with and among colleagues in Development and elsewhere at the College. The successful candidate must be prepared to work in a highly accountable, highly empowered role and be willing to expect the same from all members of Advancement Operations.  The Senior Director of Advancement Operations will need to be a change catalyst while creating a culture of ongoing technological improvements and implementing a model of self-service throughout Development. It is anticipated that the Senior Director of Advancement Operations will be implementing a complete overhaul of technology platforms within the first year of service.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas, and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.  

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.


Posted 09/22/2020