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.
Reporting to the Director for Annual Giving, the Associate
Director will be responsible for maintaining and expanding the
milestone 50th Reunion giving program.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Leading each year’s 50th reunion program and developing
programs for classes between the 45th and 50th reunion to culminate
in a successful 50th reunion.
- Cultivating and coordinating volunteer efforts for all the
reunion years between the 45th and 50th reunions.
- Support and recruit Class Agents in non-reunion years to
maximize peer-to-peer fundraising for non-reunion classes.
- Working with class agents and other volunteers approaching
their milestone reunions to create and support fundraising
- Creating and implementing programing that leverages alumni
excitement and increases the connection to Wesleyan while
maximizing class giving and participation.
- Supervise an Assistant Director for Annual Giving who will work
with the Associate Director to ensure all key goals and core
responsibilities are met.
- Work with volunteers to draft class-specific fundraising
communications that utilize segmentation and other data-driven
techniques to ensure communications are personalized and
- Working in collaboration with members of Advancement, Gift
Planning, and other areas across the University, oversee the
post-50th program, including management of class-level fundraising
volunteers and ensuring post-50th solicitations include a planned
- Provide periodic briefing materials for the Board of
- Work closely with Majors Gifts to ensure high-level prospects
are engaged and solicited for multi-year commitments.
- Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of progressively
responsible professional fundraising experience or similar
experience in related field or a combination of educational
Proven track record of program management and
Demonstrated ability to engage individuals and articulate
institutional needs, while exercising discretion and maintaining
Ability to work effectively with volunteers, colleagues, and
various constituencies nationally.
Proven ability to set goals, and to develop strategies and
timelines to complete projects and reach goals.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with a
solutions-based and innovative approach while working with varied
personalities and work styles.
Excellent writing skills, with the ability to synthesize
information from a variety of sources.
Intermediate Microsoft Word and Excel skills.
Ability to work some evening and weekend, as well as overnight
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and
interact collegially with individuals of different
Experience managing key volunteers.
Experience with virtual program development and technology
Experience soliciting and closing leadership annual or major
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application close date is February 28, 2022
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 requires all employees to be vaccinated against Covid 19
unless they meet the criteria for a medical or religious exemption.
New employees must be vaccinated prior to their start date. If an
employee needs an exemption for medical or religious reasons, they
must submit a request to Wesleyan and be approved before their
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.