Director of Major Gifts and Leadership Annual Giving

Wellesley College - Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College seeks a Director of Major Gifts and Leadership Annual Giving to provide deeper and broader coverage of Wellesley’s robust alumnae and donor pool. The Director will serve as part of the frontline unit (principal gifts, gift planning, corporate and foundations relations, major gifts, and leadership annual gifts) while simultaneously creating and overseeing a new fundraising unit comprised of two teams, the Major Gifts (MG) team and the Leadership Annual Giving (LAG) team. The Director also will maintain and grow their own pool of prospects. The Director will identify and use AI programs and other digital and technological resources to complement and supplement officer assignments and to ensure coverage of donors in anticipation of a campaign and for the long-term future. The MG team will be anchored by a seasoned gift officer and will ultimately have up to four additional gift officers to cover a portfolio of 2,200 prospects and donors rated $250K up to $5M. The LAG team will start with three officers to cover a portion of the 6,500 prospects and donors rated between $10K up to $250K, with the potential to grow as the success of the team increases.

Wellesley College was founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant, who were passionate about the higher education of women. The first president, and nearly all the College’s early faculty and staff were women. Today, Wellesley is still known as a unique community that continues to send accomplished women out into the world, committed to making a difference. Situated on a breathtaking campus in the quintessentially New England town of Wellesley, and home to over 2,400 of the highest-achieving female undergraduates in the world, Wellesley is a lively learning community dedicated to probing inquiry and creative, cross-disciplinary thinking. With a focus on collaboration, students are encouraged to question, debate, and refine their points of view with each other, and the world-class faculty. As a private, liberal arts institution, Wellesley places a great deal of importance on preparing its graduates for the real world in all senses. The College’s full-engagement philosophy ensures that the student voice is central in decision-making with students serving on major committees of the Board of Trustees, participating in faculty searches, and contributing to strategic planning. Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Wellesley grants bachelor’s degrees in more than 50 majors and boasts an 8:1 student to faculty ratio.

"Wellesley was founded on the radical idea that educating women leads to progress for everyone. I believe in the vital role of women’s education in shaping the leaders of tomorrow and am proud that Wellesley is a global leader in teaching and empowering women to change the world. Rarely does one have the opportunity to work at an institution where you can have such an extraordinary impact. I look forward to supporting an equally passionate and energized fundraising leader who will help us lead Wellesley, and the world, toward an extraordinary future." — Crystal L. Daugherty, Vice President for Development

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.