founded in 1831, is a diverse,
energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and
practical idealism go hand in hand.
Wesleyan University’s Office of Advancement ( ADV ) builds
lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, and friends, and
engages them in support of Wesleyan’s educational mission and
The Advancement team fosters pride in the Wesleyan community and
develops support for university initiatives through outreach
activities, including development and fundraising, alumni and
parent relations, and on- and off-campus events. Wesleyan is about
to launch the public phase of a $600 million comprehensive
Reporting to the director of principal gifts, the associate
director of principal gifts supports strategic initiatives and
day-to-day operational management of Wesleyan’s Principal Gifts (
PRG ) program.
The associate director is an integral member of the
Advancement team who supports the comprehensive cycle of
relationship management for Wesleyan’s most capable prospects and
donors, especially those deemed presidential prospects.
This role supports the realization of presidential initiatives from
idea articulation to plan development. Additionally, the associate
director ensures close alignment and integration of the PRG program
within the overall Advancement development effort and is
responsible for assisting the entire division with reaching
Working across all areas of Advancement and the campus
community, often with the university president and senior
leadership, the associate director will help build relationships
with donors, devise prospecting strategies, and qualify new leads
The associate director will support the creation and
implementation of strategies to cultivate, solicit, and steward
individuals with the capacity to give seven and eight figure gifts,
as well as grow the PRG portfolio. The work of the associate
director is intended to aid in building a strong relationship
between Wesleyan and each prospect.
Key responsibilities include:
This position is a hybrid position with on-campus and remote
- Work with the director to design long-term engagement
strategies to deepen donor dedication and increase giving.
- Oversee the President’s Council and all associated outreach,
planning, membership, follow up, and ongoing management.
- Oversee the presidential briefing process; create strategic
correspondence including solicitations, cultivation pieces,
reports, presidential correspondence, financial reports, and
- Execute work and tasks in support of presidential travel and
- When appropriate, serve as the director’s proxy to represent
the PRG program with the president’s office, cabinet members,
donors, colleagues, and campus partners; interface with the
president’s office regularly.
- Work closely with director to actively measure and track
progress towards financial goals and problem solve within the team
to improve available resources.
- Collaborate with colleagues to align donor and organizational
priorities in a way that increases income for Wesleyan and builds
dynamic and deep engagement with the organization.
- Staff presidential receptions, special events, Reunion and
Commencement, Homecoming and Family Weekend, and other off-hours
activities as necessary.
- Undertake special projects as requested.
Remote work is only considered for residents of MA, VT, NH,
ME, CT, RI, or NY. (Relocation assistance to CT is available for
those who qualify).
A bachelor’s degree and five years of progressively
responsible experience in donor relations, communications,
advancement or a related field or an equivalent combination of
educational training and related experience.
Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Development experience and understanding of the donor cycle.
Proven ability to perform effectively with a broad spectrum of
professionals, including organizational leadership.
Demonstrated strategic problem solving skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, and
Self-motivation with the ability to balance competing
deadlines, and manage multiple and often shifting priorities.
Effective communication skills.
High degree of discretion and confidentiality.
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and
interact collegially with individuals of different
Experience with fundraising databases
Experience with presentation software and presenting to all
levels of an organization.
Prior higher ed experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Position is open until filled. For full consideration please
apply by December 1, 2023 when first review of applications will
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 Vice President for Equity and
Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University
complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime
statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s
Clery Act Report are available on request and online at