Reporting to the Director of The Wellesley Fund, Wellesley’s annual giving program, the Associate e Director collaborates across the division and the College to develop and implement strategies for increasing young alumnae giving and participation.
Schuler Initiative: The Associate Director is the lead strategist for Wellesley’s participation in Schuler Initiative. This work involves collaborating with the other four partner liberal arts colleges and the Schuler Education Foundation. The Associate Director leads Wellesley’s work in creating, implementing fundraising strategies for this cohort. S/he measures the impact of fundraising and volunteer work to grow giving from this alumnae group. S/he is responsible for stewarding the Schuler Education Foundation on their grant and the progress Wellesley has made with young alumnae giving and participation.
Volunteer Management: The Associate Director recruits, trains and motivates alumnae volunteers in their work to enhance giving in young alumnae classes. The volunteers are a combination of class fund agents and Schuler volunteers.
Prospect Portfolio: The Associate Director manages a select portfolio of young alumnae prospects to more deeply engage them and to encourage their giving at the Durant Society Level.
Collaboration Across the Division and College: The Associate Director works closely with colleagues in Development, Communication and other strategic campus partners. S/he is charged with collaborating closely with the Alumnae Association to organize class-focused and reunion specific activities and to coordinate on volunteer recruitment and solicitation. In this role s/he plans, implements and manages the fundraising efforts for assigned classes to set and achieve annual dollar and participation goals.
S/he supervises one full-time professional staff member: Assistant Director of the Wellesley Fund.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
Develops and implements strategies for increasing young alumnae giving and participation
Leads Wellesley College’s efforts to meet the terms of the Schuler Initiative
Manages a portfolio of donors and prospective donors.
Works closely with, and trains, alumnae volunteers in class leadership, committee positions and the Schuler Initiative to be successful in their efforts on behalf of the College.
Presents the College’s financial needs and funding goals articulately, persuasively and with confidence.
Supervises one fundraisers: Assistant Director of the Wellesley Fund
Participates in key events at which alumnae are present such as, BLUEPrint weekend, commencement, and reunion.
Coordinates class-focused and reunion-specific activities with Wellesley College Alumnae Association counterpart. Collaborates with colleagues, especially in regard to identifying and coordinating the recruitment and solicitation of potential class volunteers, and keeps colleagues informed of his/her activities.
Achieve fiscal year fundraising goals, both on an individual level as well as on the programmatic level for the Schuler Initiative.
Achieve dollar and participation goals for assigned classes within established budget and time frame.
Productive and collegial collaboration with colleagues across the Development division, counterparts in the WCAA, and across the College.
Assistant Director of the Wellesley Fund
B.A. Degree and valid driver’s license
3-5 years of fundraising experience, including successful solicitations, ideally within an academic setting.
Skills and Abilities Required:
Proven track record of success as a fundraiser
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong analytical skills, including the ability to look at data and draw conclusions.
Excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with an orientation toward customer service.
Absolute confidentiality, professionalism and discretion required.
Commitment to the mission and goals of Wellesley College.
An ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse environment.
Familiarity with Windows-based systems, including tracking systems and a high comfort-level using technology to communicate and share information.
Approaches responsibilities with enthusiasm, an orientation toward customer service, and with an awareness of fundraising needs and goals.
Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends. Must be willing to travel domestically (35-50%) to visit with prospects and volunteers throughout the year.
This is a term position through June 30, 2021 and may be extended pending future funding.
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