Senior Associate Director, The Wellesley Fund – Hybrid

Posted on 03/07/2024

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Position Summary:

The Senior Associate Director develops and implements strategies for increasing alumnae giving with a targeted focus on the classes of the 1960s and 1980s.  They lead Wellesley’s work in creating and implementing acquisition, renewal and retention strategies for this cohort. Using data to inform decisions, they measure the impact of fundraising and volunteer work to grow giving from this alumnae group.

The Senior Associate Director works closely with the office of gift planning in developing strategic messaging and marketing of gift planning opportunities for this alumnae cohort.  A collaborative relationship with the Wellesley College Alumnae Association to create engagement activities and broaden reunion weekend events for post-50th reunion classes is an essential part of this position.

Position Responsibility:

  • Identifies, recruits, trains, and supports The Wellesley Fund class representatives and assistant representatives.
  • Develops and implements strategies for increasing alumnae giving and participation in the classes of the 1960s and 1980s.
  • Creates a comprehensive fundraising plan for the classes of the 1960s which integrates gift planning opportunities within The Wellesley Fund appeals
  • Solicits The Wellesley Fund class representatives, assistant representatives and Durant class chairs for their annual gift to The Wellesley Fund. 
  • Mentors and supervises an Assistant Director of The Wellesley Fund.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs, they supervise an Assistant Director of The Wellesley Fund.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s 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:

  • Must be highly organized and detailed oriented.
  • Proven track record of success as a fundraiser.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to analyze annual giving data to inform strategy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Good judgement and the ability to handle sensitive/confidential information with discretion.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Wellesley College
  • An ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse environment
  • Familiarity with standard fundraising technology, including a high comfort-level using technology to communicate and share information

Additional Job Details:

  • This position incorporates a flexible hybrid work schedule, and Wellesley College requires all employees must reside in New England
  • All employees hired are strongly encouraged to be up to date with all vaccination and boosters against COVID‐19.

Wellesley College offers a wide variety of benefits programs and resources to its employees, including:

  • Generous paid time off
  • Following one year of employment, Wellesley College will contribute up to 10.5% towards your 403B plan for eligible employees
  • Resources to navigate student loan forgiveness
  • Free use of the athletic/fitness facilities, including onsite fitness classes
  • Free on-site parking in an enclosed parking garage

Worker Sub-Type:


Time Type:

Full time

EEO Statement:

At Wellesley, we embrace and honor difference and diversity. We believe the best ideas—the best solutions—draw on a range of voices, perspectives, and experiences. As a college, and as a community, we are dedicated to assuring that all members for the Wellesley community have an equal opportunity to flourish. 

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

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