***New Job Title
Executive Director, Advancement Services
Job Description Summary
Wentworth Institute of Technology seeks a new Executive Director
of Advancement Services
The ED, Advancement Services will be a visionary, entrepreneurial,
results-oriented, and highly collaborative advancement operations
professional to develop and lead Wentworth’s office of advancement
services. Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional
Advancement & External Relations and serving as a member of the
IAER Senior Management Team, the Executive Director of Advancement
Services is responsible for leading CRM database use and
management, data integrity, prospect research, report generation
and gift processing. The executive director will have deep
familiarity with advancement CRMs and/or have the aptitude,
capacity and inclination to learn and become the division’s
in-house resource for most CRM questions.
The Executive Director provides leadership and strategic oversight
of the Advancement Services team, working collaboratively with the
Vice President and senior leadership team in planning and achieving
the University’s Advancement goals. The Executive Director builds,
sustains, encourages, and supports productive relationships with
and among colleagues in Advancement, External Relations and
elsewhere at the University. They develop and implement policies,
practices, and systems across Advancement, facilitating the
effective and efficient performance of the Advancement Services
unit and individual staff, and promoting the pursuit of excellence
in all aspects of Advancement’s work.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
- Define and implement services, processes, tools (including but
not limited to Slate CRM ) and policies for Advancement Services
and ensure appropriateness, relevance, and integration across
Advancement, in support of major gifts, annual giving, alumni
engagement, industry and government relations, university events
and donor relations and stewardship.
- Serve as the department’s in-house resource for questions
regarding Slate for Advancement; developing partnerships with other
institutions utilizing Slate to ensure the division is up to speed
on best practice and troubleshooting.
- Develop and oversee the Advancement Services functions and team
members, including strategic planning and deployment of financial
and staffing resources; establishing and measuring annual plans,
goals, and performance metrics (KPIs); ensuring clarity, privacy,
integration and timeliness of data and sensitive information;
efficiency of reporting and performance metrics; effectiveness of
database and other technology supporting the operations.
- Provide management oversight and support to direct reports in
assigned functional areas including CRM database management,
reporting and analytics, prospect research, and gift
- Ensure compliance with federal and state laws, Donor Bill of
Rights, CAE, AFP, CASE and other industry guidelines, best
practices and standards.
- Work in tandem with Advancement and External Relations
colleagues to initiate and maintain a user-friendly CRM database
that meets the needs and expectations of advancement, alumni
engagement, donor relations and stewardship, and events staff.
- Conduct a thorough analysis of the current database, in
collaboration with the Vice President, to determine its efficacy
and make a documented case for an alternate system should that be
the recommendation to the President and Executive Leadership team
as a result of this process.
- Lead and support continued development of Advancement Services
as a key strategic partner in the success of colleagues across
Advancement and External Relations.
- Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group
objectives are met. Hire, train, develop, and manage staff to
ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.
- Create, maintain, document, and update administrative systems
and policies to manage daily operations for Advancement.
- Liaise with Technology Services and Finance and adhere to IRS
regulations pertaining to processing & receipting of
- Oversee the creation and distribution of reports for
Advancement colleagues, Board of Trustees, President’s office and
other internal and external constituencies as needed.
- Train division personnel on CRM database, software and relevant
Advancement platforms and procedures.
- Advise Advancement and External Relations on best practices for
utilizing the Advancement database to accomplish departmental
- Manage Advancement benchmarks against aspirational peers and
prepare regular comparison and progress reports including managing
the VSEC management checklist reports and annual updates
In order to achieve its greatest potential and fulfill its
responsibilities as an institution of higher education, Wentworth
Institute of Technology is committed to reflecting the diversity of
the City of Boston, the region, and the larger society. Inclusive
excellence is the bedrock of Wentworth’s campus culture, a culture
in which every member of the university community is included,
engaged, and valued. To grow and reach its full potential as a 21st
century university, Wentworth must achieve inclusive excellence in
every aspect and at every level of university life. Within the
larger context of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Wentworth is
pursuing many ongoing initiatives including examining gender
equity; improving retention and graduation rates of Black and
Hispanic students; increasing enrollment of women students and the
hiring of women faculty and staff; providing supportive
environments for veterans, students with disabilities, and
international students; joining the Leading for Change Higher
Education Consortium (2013); opening the Center for Diversity and
Social Justice Programs (2015); and creating the Women’s Caucus
(2017). Wentworth will achieve inclusive excellence by
intentionally embedding inclusion in every policy, practice, and
individual behavior. This will help ensure that every member of the
Wentworth community can reach their full potential. Specifically,
Wentworth will build organizational structures that support
inclusive excellence; integrate inclusive practices; and improve
access and demographic representation.
Wentworth Institute of Technology ( WIT ), a recognized leader in
STEM and design and management education, was founded in 1904 as
post-civil war industrial expansion, urbanization, and immigration
created the need for new economic and employment opportunities. WIT
is known for its co-operative education opportunities for students
and its focus on career and resume building through hands-on
learning in the field. The nationally ranked institute offers
bachelor’s and master’s degrees aligned with the needs and demands
of the 21st century workforce. WIT enrolls approximately 4,516
students, of which 4,341 are undergraduates, in five newly
established schools: Architecture and Design; Computing and Data
Science; Engineering; Management; and Sciences and Humanities. The
institute is one of five colleges forming the Colleges of the
Fenway. This collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Art
and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences,
Emmanuel College, and Simmons College expands academic
opportunities and choices through cross registration, and enhances
the student and faculty environments of the individual institutions
while retaining the unique and special qualities of each of the
five colleges. While hands-on, action-oriented learning is a
relatively recent addition to many college curricula, it has been
the powerful, pervasive, and professionally relevant core of
Wentworth’s programs for more than a century. Today WIT offers the
educational programs for which there is strong labor market demand;
integrates applied learning through curricular and co-curricular
engagement; serves as a school of opportunity for first-generation
college students, men and women from lower-income and working-class
families, veterans of war, urban youth, and women breaking barriers
in technical fields; attracts and retains highly dedicated faculty
and staff; and creates and sustains strong institutional and
community partnerships. All these factors enable Wentworth to
produce graduates who consistently bring extraordinary value to
their organizations and to the world.
Inclusive Excellence at Wentworth:
Wentworth Institute of Technology is committed to diversity,
equity, and inclusion in all University programs and activities.
The University does not discriminate based on race, color, national
origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, genetic
information, gender identity, veteran status or any other category
protected by law. All qualified applicants will receive
To find out more about the Wentworth’s commitment to Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion, please visit the website
All applicants have the right to accessibility support and
accommodations. To request accessibility support or accommodations,
contact the Executive Director of Equity and Compliance, Catlin
Wells, at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply
Interested applicants should apply at https://jobs.wit.edu
submit required documents.
Minimum Education Required
Minimum Work Experience Required
Preferred Work Experience
Minimum Knowledge Required
Working knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures
and ability to apply in varied situations. Uses instructions and
guidelines to perform the job safety function. Periodic training
will be required.
Advertised Minimum Qualifications
Advertised Preferred Qualifications
- Experience in higher education, advancement services, database
management and prospect research, analysis and reporting.
- Experience with Slate for Advancement or other advancement
- BA required with 6-8 years of experience
- A proven track record collaborating effectively with key
stakeholders to develop and refine business practices.
- Experience hiring and managing teams.
- Comprehensive knowledge of or related experience with
development operations, CRM database management and reporting, gift
processing and prospect research.
- Superb skills in communication, negotiation, emotional
intelligence, organizational thinking and judgement
- Proven ability to build from the ground up, take initiative,
lead others, think strategically and collaborate toward productive
Posting Detail Information
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
- Colleges of the Fenway site
- Wentworth site
- Chronicle of Higher Ed.
- NE HERC
- El Mundo
- Bay State Banner
- Colors Magazine
- * Wentworth defines inclusive excellence as 'Actively and
intentionally cultivating a diverse and culturally competent
institution where each member has the opportunity and support to
reach their full potential and make contributions to our campus
community and beyond.' Please provide an example of how you have
exemplified inclusive excellence in an educational or professional
(Open Ended Question)
- Cover Letter