Working as an integral part of a team of development professionals with regional responsibilities throughout the United States and abroad, the Development Associate complements the external, face-to-face donor responsibilities of fund raisers. The Associate writes gift proposals; researches gift opportunities; proposes and implements communication and engagement strategies; stewards donor gifts. Reports jointly to the Senior Director of Individual Giving and the West Coast and International Advancement Director; efforts are focused on principal- and leadership gift prospects.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
Donor Engagement and Gift Development
Prepares prospect briefings, customizes communications, and drafts correspondence for front-line staff and senior officers of the College, including the President, the Provost, the VP for Development, Deans, Trustees, and other key stakeholders.
Manages gifts through the process of creation, approval, and documentation. Drafts gift agreements and submits them to the Stewardship Office or other offices for review and approval.
Plans itineraries of strategic meetings and activities for prospects visiting campus. Coordinates donor meetings with faculty and students who are the recipients of donor funds. Drafts remarks, bios, and provides other support for events.
Assists in the development of comprehensive giving plans, including unrestricted, restricted, and planned gift components.
Assists in the creation and design of messaging and communication vehicles targeted to individuals and/or specific audiences, in both print and digital formats.
Planning and Administration
Proactively explores opportunities to advance donors’ interests in the institution and its priorities.
Proposes strategies for gift ideas and cultivation.
Develops and implements cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for individuals.
Explores options and develops proposals to respond to donors’ inquiries for proposed gifts that are not targeted to an approved institutional priority.
Collaborates with colleagues on the Donor Relations team to coordinate and ensure appropriate and timely stewardship of gifts, including tracking of stewardship activities of key donors.
Assists front-line officers in coordination of donor activity throughout Development, including Principal Giving, Leadership Giving, Gift Planning, the Wellesley Fund, and other offices devoted to fund raising to develop coordinated requests and to exchange information on projects.
Works as an integral part of a team of development professionals with regional responsibilities throughout the United States and abroad.
Contributes to donor-centric, team-based structures through interactions with Development Research, the Stewardship Office, Communications & Public Affairs, and other offices in Development and the College to support relationship development, prospect management, and communication.
Collaborates with the West Coast and International Advancement Director to build on efforts to-date to continue to expand Wellesley’s West Coast engagement and fundraising success.
Collaborates with the Senior Director of Individual Giving on engagement and fundraising success on her portfolio of principal gift prospects and on supporting the leadership giving and gift planning teams.
Collaborates effectively with Development colleagues and institutional partners to ensure that high-level solicitations are successfully completed each year.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Demonstrated experience in fund-raising or a related field (e.g marketing, communications, research); 3+ years preferred.
Skills and Abilities Required
Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
Strong communicator (both verbally and in writing)
High tolerance for ambiguity and changing priorities
Ability to successfully manage a high-volume workload and competing priorities
A creative and entrepreneurial spirit and strong negotiation skills
Demonstrates an ability to work with and to gain the respect of College officers, Development colleagues, faculty, and high-level prospects and donors
Demonstrated willingness to engage in a collaborative approach
Strong attention to detail and able to function independently with minimal oversight
Experience with design software, communications, marketing, and/or social/new media desirable
Experience with Excel spreadsheets also desirable
Ability to apply the guiding principles of fundraising.
Commitment to fostering respectful communication and collaboration within a diverse community
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.