William James College is in an exciting phase of growth at a time when its work is more essential than ever. For more than 40 years, the College’s talented faculty and staff have been educating professionals to bring mental health treatment skills to businesses and organizations, health care systems, correctional facilities, community mental health centers, schools, and consulting rooms. William James College is committed to educational excellence in applied psychology and to developing the next generation of culturally sensitive professionals to increase access to behavioral healthcare for all people.
Reporting to and working closely with the Vice President for Business Development and Strategy and the College’s Board of Trustees, the Chief Development Officer is a member of the College’s senior management team and is responsible for all fundraising, development and advancement activities, including development communications and alumni relations. The Chief Development Officer will provide strategic direction and lead and manage administration of all aspects of Institutional Advancement.
The Chief Development Officer will help to identify, expand and build relationships and partnerships with potential donor constituencies, including friends, new friends, corporations and foundations. The Officer will focus her/his time on identifying new higher-level annual fund and major donors from individuals and also build a corporate funding program. The Officer will manage the Institutional Advancement team in foundation relations and annual fund/alumni relations and look to grow the team to ensure all funding opportunities can be pursued.
The Chief Development Officer will serve as senior fundraiser for institution-wide targeted initiatives and will work closely with the senior leaders, trustees, faculty and administrators to develop key fundraising strategies and activities. The Officer will staff the Board Advancement Committee and serve as liaison to the College’s Board of Trustees.
Develop and execute comprehensive development strategies for all current and potential constituencies. Continually refine and elevate the case for support of the College’s overall and specific strategic and funding priorities.
Craft and execute annual and multi-year development goals alongside the CFO, ensuring financial and strategic alignment. Monitor and report on development program progress
Lead major gift fundraising and donor cultivation. Partner with the President and members of the Board of Trustees on fundraising initiatives, including advising on individual strategies to solicit major donors. Secure $10k+ major gifts through research and cultivation of high-potential prospects. Identify and secure prospective donors to build a robust portfolio of individuals
Oversee Advancement Program staff, goals, metrics and infrastructure
Build and manage a corporate funding program to support the College’s workforce development and DEI initiatives
Develop action plans and briefing materials to support the President, Trustees, and other institutional leaders in meetings with donors and prospects
Work with Marketing and Communications to develop and implement a strategic, integrated Advancement Communications plan
Collaborate with faculty and administrators to advance the College’s internal culture of philanthropy
Work with staff and support the Board Advancement Committee
10+ years of successful professional fundraising experience, including direct and successful major gifts experience
Ability to engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
Strong organizational and management skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to thrive in dynamic settings, leveraging initiative and flexibility to fuel team success
Minimum BA or BS degree; advanced degree preferred
Our benefits package includes generous health, vision and dental insurance, eligibility for both College funded 401(a) retirement plan and Employer sponsored 403(b) plan, company-paid life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, generous PTO, and professional development opportunities.
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Inclusive Excellence at William James College: William James College is an institution and a community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness and respect for all people. Our Inclusive Excellence model infuses diversity, equity and inclusion efforts into the core of institutional functioning to realize the educational benefits of diversity both locally and globally. We are committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for change agents in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.
From our new campus in Greater Boston, William James College educates students for careers that meet the growing demand for access to quality, culturally competent psychological services for individuals, families, communities & organizations both locally & around the globe. We offer graduate programs attentive to the needs of vulnerable populations including children of adversity and the needs of specific populations such as Latinos and veterans, as well as organizations and leaders on the forefront of creating social change.
William James College is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, working and bringing psychological knowledge to the multi-cultural world community. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.