founded in 1831, is a diverse,
energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and
practical idealism go hand in hand.
The Office of Advancement builds lifelong relationships with
alumni, parents, and friends, and engages them in support of
Wesleyan’s educational mission and financial goals. Wesleyan
University is currently in the quiet/leadership phase of a
comprehensive fundraising campaign.
The Advancement team fosters pride in the Wesleyan community and
develops support for university initiatives through outreach
activities, including development/fundraising, alumni & parent
relations, and both on- and off-campus events.
The Development Officer is responsible for major gift fundraising,
including soliciting and closing philanthropic gifts from donors
utilizing industry best practices and standards.
- Actively managing a portfolio of 150+ assigned prospects,
devising, and implementing individual cultivation, solicitation,
and stewardship strategies.
- Soliciting multi-year campaign commitments while achieving
annual gift income goals based on an assigned prospect pool.
- Frequent national travel to meet with prospects and represent
the university at regional events. Understanding and articulating
the University’s campaign fundraising priorities and gift
- Involving university leadership and volunteers in fundraising
strategies with specific prospects as appropriate, including
arranging visits and drafting correspondence.
- Working closely with the Director of Principal Gifts on
assigned prospects with connections to the President.
- Designing and executing events and programs in support of
development activities in assigned regions.
- Devising gift strategies for assigned prospects in a reunion
cycle and collaborating with colleagues in the Wesleyan Fund to
meet reunion and annual fund goals.
- Developing and coordinating proposals from major gifts
individually and in coordination with other development officers,
planned giving colleagues, other members of the Advancement team
and the campus community contributing to the University’s overall
- Using metrics to advise actions and strategies, maximizing
Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of fundraising and professional
experience in a related field or an equivalent combination of
education, training, and experience.
Demonstrated ability to engage individuals and articulate
institutional needs, while exercising discretion and maintaining
Demonstrated understanding of the donor cycle, fundraising best
practices, and industry trends.
Sophisticated writing, editing, and presentation skills.
Proven experience as an effective fundraiser.
Proven ability to work collaboratively and
Intermediate Microsoft Word and Excel skills.
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment
and interact openly with individuals of different
Direct experience soliciting, negotiating, and closing major
Comprehensive campaign experience including quiet, public, and post
Record of successful collaboration with sophisticated volunteers
and senior administrative officers.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application close date is August 17, 2021
Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on
the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check
screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does
not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age,
gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital
status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder,
learning disability or physical disability, political belief,
veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or
non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from
women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries
regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination
policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for
Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927, firstname.lastname@example.org.