Assistant Director, The Wellesley Fund

Posted on 03/16/2021

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Senior Associate Director, the Assistant Director is a key contributing member of the team responsible for raising immediate impact gifts for The Wellesley Fund and growing overall alumnae participation rates for the College.  S/he manages The Wellesley Fund’s student calling program, overseeing all aspects of this important giving channel from recruiting, hiring and training student callers, to implementation and execution of the solicitation strategies and schedule.  The Assistant Director will also lead the Senior Class Gift effort and is tasked with building a Wellesley Fund Student Ambassadors program.

The Assistant Director manages and trains Wellesley Fund class representative and assistant representative volunteers for the five most recent graduating classes.  S/he participates in the development and implementation of fundraising strategies to help reach The Wellesley Fund revenue and donor goals.

Primary Position Responsibilities:

  • Manages the student calling program, developing strategies and tactics to motivate student callers in reaching program goals.
  • Leads, in collaboration with colleagues in the Alumnae Association, the management of the Senior Class Gift program including recruitment and training of committee members, goal setting, and campus-wide development and implementation.
  • Manages and motivates Wellesley Fund Class Representatives from the five most recent graduation classes to raise both immediate impact gifts and increase alumnae participation.
  • Works closely with and trains alumnae fundraising volunteers to be successful in their efforts on behalf of the College.
  • 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

Performance Profile:

  • Achieve dollar and participation goals within established budget and timeframe.
  • Productive and collegial collaboration with colleagues across the Development Office, counterparts in the WCAA, and across the College.
  • Approaches responsibilities with enthusiasm, an orientation toward customer service, and with an awareness of fundraising needs and goals.
  • Successfully trains and supervises the student phone program managers and callers, motivates them to make the most of every call and reach program goals.
  • Oversees student payroll, and manages calling shift schedules effectively.
  • A leader, motivator, and champion of the student calling program.


  • 10-15 Student callers


  • Bachelor’s degree


  • 1-3 years of fundraising experience, ideally within higher education.
  • Experience as a student calling participant or supervisor preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree and valid driver’s license.

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 and commitment 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage, train, coach, and motivate student employees and volunteers.
  • Outstanding work organization, time management skills, and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with a mix of student, alumnae, and staff colleagues.


  • This is an exempt, full-time position.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours; frequent evening and occasional weekend work are required.

EEO Statement

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

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