Position Summary: The Assistant Director is a member of the team responsible for raising funds for Wellesley’s $10+ million annual giving program. The Assistant Director manages development activities and alumnae fundraising volunteers for reunion and non-reunion class programs including managing class gift volunteers, developing and implementing class-wide fundraising plans, and organizing volunteer meetings/phone calls as appropriate. The Assistant Director visits with alumnae for the purposes of cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and volunteer recruitment. S/he participates in the development and implementation of unrestricted giving strategies and program; evaluates dollars raised and participation rates in reunion and non-reunion classes? and serves as the manager of fundraising efforts for assigned classes. Organizes and attends reunion gift committee meetings, arranges and participates in class leadership conference calls. Works to recruit volunteers, increase dollars and participation in assigned classes, both reunion and non-reunion. Collaborates closely with colleagues in the Development Office and the Alumnae Association and performs other related duties as required.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
Cultivates, stewards, and solicits alumnae by phone and in person, locally and nationally.
Works closely with and trains volunteers in class leadership and committee positions, to be successful in their efforts on behalf of the College.
Presents the College’s financial needs and funding goals articulately, persuasively and with confidence.
Participates in key events at which alumnae are present such as the annual volunteer leadership weekend, commencement, and reunion.
Coordinates class-focused and reunion-specific activities with WCAAcounterpart. Collaborates with colleagues, especially in regard to identifying and coordinating the recruitment and solicitation of potential class volunteers, and keeps colleagues informed of his/her activities.
Education Required: B.A. Degree and valid driver’s license.
Experience Required: 1-3 years of fundraising experience, including successful solicitations, ideally within an academic setting.
Skills and Abilities Required:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong analytical skills, including the ability to look at data and draw conclusions.
Excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to work collaboratively, and an orientation toward customer service.
Absolute confidentiality, professionalism and discretion required.
Commitment to the mission and goals of Wellesley College.
An ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse environment.
Familiarity with Windows-based systems, including tracking systems and a high comfort-level using technology to communicate and share information.
Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
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