At a time when women leaders are making a difference in the world, the mission of Wellesley College has never been more important. The Senior Associate Director of The Wellesley Fund, a record-breaking annual giving program, plays an integral, strategic role on a mission-driven team, focused on raising immediate-impact gifts. If you are a passionate, innovative, aspirational fundraiser, and a champion for women’s leadership, this is an amazing opportunity at a historic time in higher education.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs, the Senior Associate Director collaborates across the division to develop and implement strategies for increasing alumnae giving, particularly from recent graduates and growing Wellesley Fund gifts of $2,500 or more at the Durant Society level. Toward these ends, the Senior Associate Director manages a portfolio of prospects and works closely with key Wellesley Fund volunteers.
Schuler Initiative: The Senior 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 Senior Associate Director leads Wellesley’s work in creating and implementing acquisition and retention strategies for this cohort. Using data to inform decision, 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 recent alumnae giving and participation.
Volunteer Management: The Senior Associate Director recruits, trains and motivates alumnae volunteers in their work to enhance giving in recent alumnae classes. The volunteers are a combination of class fund agents and Schuler volunteers.
Prospect Portfolio: The Senior Associate Director manages a select portfolio of prospects, including some recent alumnae prospects, to more deeply engage them and to secure their giving at the Durant Society Level.
Collaboration Across the Division and College: The Senior 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, management 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.
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 fundraiser: 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
Assistant Director of The Wellesley Fund
B.A. Degree and valid driver’s license
5 – 7 years of fundraising experience, including successful solicitations, ideally within higher education
3 – 5 years of volunteer recruitment, training and management
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.
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.