Senior Associate Director, Wellesley Fund – Durant Society

July 2022 | Hybrid/Wellesley, MA
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Wellesley College seeks a Senior Associate Director for the Wellesley Fund to join the team responsible for raising funds from alumnae, parents, friends, and students to support the College’s annual operating needs.

About Wellesley College

Purple SPring Flowers on Wellsley College campusWellesley 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 across diverse academic disciplines and over 50 majors. With a 7:1 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 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 to support every Wellesley woman from the moment she arrives on campus through her alumnae years. Success is demonstrated in student outcomes: 98 percent of the Class of 2021 graduates were employed, accepted to graduate school, participating in a service/volunteer program, or serving in the military within six months of graduation.

Wellesley’s mission is to provide an excellent liberal arts education to women who will make a difference in the world. The College community enhances this mission by working together, guided by the deeply held shared values:

  • Intellectual Discovery and Excellence
  • Gender Equality
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Connection and Community
  • Empowerment and Social Change
  • Integrity and Academic Freedom

Wellesley embraces and honors difference and diversity. The College believes that the best ideas—the best solutions—draw on a range of voices, perspectives, and experiences. As a college, and as a community, they are dedicated to assuring that all members of the Wellesley community have an equal opportunity to flourish. 

Wellesley alumnae are leadership role models, including the late 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 led by its 14th president, Paula A. Johnson, who assumed office in July 2016. For more information about Wellesley College, please visit

About Philanthropy at Wellesley

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. In 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.

Annual Giving serves as the foundational philanthropic program at Wellesley College and includes:

  • The Wellesley Fund, which is a recording breaking, nationally award-winning program, raising more than $11.5 million in current use, immediate impact revenue for the College.
  • The College’s four Friends groups: Art, Athletics, Botanic Gardens, Library
  • The Student Philanthropy Program
  • The Durant Society, Wellesley’s premier leadership giving society recognizing gifts across the College of $2,500+
  • The College’s alumnae participation efforts

About the Position

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The Senior Associate Director – Durant Society reports to the Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs and is a key member of the team responsible for reaching The Wellesley Fund annual revenue goals. The Wellesley Fund provides immediate impact, current use funds which is a critical component of the College’s economic model.

The Senior Associate Director will help develop and implement immediate impact giving acquisition, retention, and renewal strategies with a dual goal of increasing the number of donors and dollars raised. They will manage the volunteer chair of the Durant Society, which recognizes the College’s annual leadership donors of $2,500 or more. Additionally, they will cultivate, steward, and solicit alumnae for Durant Society level gifts to The Wellesley Fund, in collaboration across the development team. The Senior Associate Director manages a portfolio of prospects and works closely with key Wellesley Fund volunteers. They also plan, implement, and manage the fundraising efforts for assigned classes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruits, trains, and collaborates with Wellesley Fund class representatives and the Durant Society chair to be successful in their efforts on behalf of the College.
  • Manages a portfolio of donors and prospective donors.
  • Cultivates, stewards, and solicits alumnae and families for The Wellesley Fund gifts via phone and in person.
  • Presents the College’s financial needs and funding goals articulately, persuasively, and with confidence. 
  • Supervises an Assistant Director of The Wellesley Fund.
  • Participates in key events at which alumnae are present including Durant Society events, volunteer orientation workshops, commencement, and reunion weekend.

Performance Profile

  • Conducts successful solicitations of alumnae in a thoughtful and purposeful manner that resonates with the donor and benefits the College both in short- and long-term ways.
  • Collaborates with and provides support for the Durant Society chair in her volunteer activities and solicitations. 
  • Achieve dollar and participation goals for assigned classes within established budget and timeframe.
  • Productive and collegial collaboration with colleagues across the Development Office and campus departments. 


  • An Assistant Director of The Wellesley Fund

Key Qualifications

  • 5-7 years of fundraising experience and volunteer management, including successful annual giving solicitations, ideally within an academic setting.
  • 3-5 years of volunteer recruitment, training and management.
  • 2-3 years of managerial experience.
  • Must be highly organized, detailed oriented, and able to work competently and efficiently in a multi-task environment.
  • 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.
  • Good judgment and the ability to manage 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, and a high comfort level using technology to communicate and share information.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.

Wellesley College is currently piloting a flexwork plan for administrative staff that incorporates both flexible hours and hybrid teleworking components, though all employees must live in New England.

All employees hired after August 2, 2021, are required to upload proof of vaccination against COVID-19, subject to approved medical or religious exemptions or disability accommodations.

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are 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, age, 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 the below email address. Be sure to include the position title in the subject line of your email.

Tracy Marshall

Senior Vice President, Principal

Development Guild DDI

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