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Vice President for Development

Wellesley College
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Posted Date
Aug 22, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Wellesley College in the search for a Vice President for Development.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Development will serve as the College's chief development officer, advising the President and other senior leaders on all development matters. The Vice President will provide overall leadership for the comprehensive development efforts of Wellesley College. As the College's lead fundraiser, the Vice President will manage a centralized development operation that seeks financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. As a senior officer of the College, the Vice President will contribute to the formulation and communication of institutional priorities and strategic plans. The Vice President will collaborate closely with the President, Provost, Vice Presidents, the faculty, the Alumnae Association, and volunteers to build philanthropic support for key educational, research, and campus-life priorities to meet the needs of students, to support the faculty in their educational and research endeavors, and to maintain the College's facilities. As a key member of the President's Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President will participate in strategic planning and work collaboratively with leadership across the institution to support College priorities, initiatives, and opportunities. The Vice President will be an inspirational team builder, embedding development best practices within institutional values and aspirations, and will serve as an encouraging manager and mentor capable of bringing further cohesion to a department of eager, committed, and engaged development professionals.

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 nearly 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 graduates are ready to make a difference in the world, evidenced by the fact that 98 percent of the class of 2021 were in jobs, graduate education, the military, or service within six months of graduation. US News and World Report ranks Wellesley College as the fifth best national liberal arts college in the nation, #24 in best undergraduate teaching, and fourth in best value schools. With an A+ rating from Niche, Wellesley was voted the second-best women’s college in America and #11 in best small colleges in America. Considered to have created the most powerful women’s network, Wellesley College was ranked #32 in the top colleges of 2021 by Forbes and #21 in private colleges. Not forgetting the beautiful setting of Wellesley, the College was voted first among the best river and lake colleges by College Consensus.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least 10 years of experience in a major leadership role in a development or advancement program at an institution of significant complexity and accomplishment. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Wellesley College as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

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