Wellesley College is a premier four-year liberal arts college for women located in the greater Boston area. Home to 2,350 undergraduate students representing 50 states and more than 87 countries, 49 percent students of color, and 17 percent first-generation college students, diversity and inclusion are a way of life at Wellesley. The college is situated on a beautiful 500-acre campus. There, students enjoy the best of both worlds: first-rate instruction in a breathtaking setting and easy access to Boston — the academic, medical, cultural and historic hub of the northeast. Wellesley students take advantage of cross-registration with MIT, Babson College, Brandeis University, and the Olin College of Engineering, as well as the Twelve College Exchange, and over 160 study abroad programs.
Wellesley’s motto, Non Ministrari sed Ministrare, captures the College’s mission to provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. With a rich history, an established reputation for academic excellence and state-of-the-art resources, Wellesley College provides its students with a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences education. Wellesley offers more than 1,000 courses and more than 50 majors. With an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, Wellesley professors are accessible and known for their outstanding commitment to teaching, academic and career advising, and scholarship. Faculty and students frequently collaborate on research, publishing papers and presenting at academic meetings. Wellesley students regularly cite the excellence of the faculty as a core component of the transformational learning environment.
Wellesley’s innovative new career education model is designed to prepare and inspire students to craft a lifetime of opportunity and to reach their full potential. The model illuminates the strengths of the liberal arts education and encourages active participation of the full College ecosystem in order to support every Wellesley woman from the moment she arrives on campus through her alumnae years. Success is demonstrated in student outcomes: 96 percent of the Class of 2017 graduates were employed, accepted to graduate school, participating in a service/volunteer program or serving in the military within six months of graduation.
Many Wellesley alumnae are leadership role models, including former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Chinese writer Bing Xin, Korean diplomat In-ho Lee, NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy, journalist Diane Sawyer, writer Nora Ephron, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first female presidential candidate to be nominated by a major U.S. political party.
Wellesley College is currently led by its 14th president, Paula A. Johnson, who assumed office in July 2016.
The mission of the Office of Development is to cultivate and maintain relationships with and seek financial support from the College’s key audiences: alumnae, friends, foundations and corporations. Total giving in the first year after the campaign, FY2019, was $42.9 million with an alumnae participation rate of 42.5% percent.
On June 30, 2018, Wellesley completed the largest fundraising effort ever undertaken by a women’s college, one full year ahead of schedule. In all, a goal-shattering $514,485,911 was raised during the Wellesley Effect campaign against a $500-million goal to support Wellesley’s mission to provide an excellent liberal arts education to women who will make a difference in the world.
Annual Giving serves as the foundational program for giving to Wellesley; the Director oversees a series of programs, which raise approximately $10 million per year, and includes:
Wellesley College is seeking a sophisticated and talented Director of Annual Giving Programs who will be a key member of Wellesley’s high-performing Development division. Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the new Director of Annual Giving Programs will lead the team that is responsible for raising the funds from alumnae, parents, friends, and students that support the annual operating needs of the College.
The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of annual giving strategies and activities, with the goal of growing unrestricted giving and increasing the percentage of alumnae who support the Fund. She/He will develop marketing and solicitation strategies, solicit and close gifts and partner with high level volunteer leaders. The new hire will supervise front-line fundraisers and the Annual Giving Programs’ administrative assistant.
To achieve top results each year, the Director works closely with a variety of partners within Development, across the College, and with the Alumnae Association. In particular, the Director collaborates closely with the Development Marketing team to create a coordinated plan that maximizes the effectiveness of staff and volunteer outreach in conjunction with appeals through various direct response marketing channels (mail, phone, email, short-term, focused online giving efforts, etc.).
In addition, for the next two years the Director will play a pivotal role in a grant-funded pilot initiative involving five selective liberal arts colleges that aims to support liberal arts colleges in their effort to increase the number of donations from young alumni/ae and, therefore, fortify the habit of giving for the longer term.
Leadership and Management
Volunteer Management and Relations
Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to increasing 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, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.
Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:
Senior Vice President, Principal
Development Guild DDI
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