The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. WCW’s social change work has influenced policy, practice, and programs since 1974.
The Wellesley Centers for Women seeks a highly motivated professional for the position of Assistant Director of Development. Reporting to the Director of Development and collaborating with the Development Operations Associate, the Assistant Director joins an innovative team responsible for fundraising at WCW. The Assistant Director is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive annual giving program and for overseeing donor stewardship programs at WCW. The Assistant Director will focus on strategy, timing, segmentation, messaging, tracking, reporting, analysis, and project management. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated self-starter to advance annual giving and donor engagement utilizing strategic, creative, and effective fundraising initiatives.
• Determine strategy and implement plan for annual giving appeals and outreach throughout the year.
• Oversee and coordinate operations and logistics for direct mail and online appeals, including developing optimal production schedules; segmenting and preparing detailed data files; developing messaging and writing appeal letters; and managing vendor relations.
• Analyze and monitor appeal response rates, giving trends, and donor data to make informed decisions about current and future strategies; Prepare reports on results.
• Create motivating communications and messaging for fundraising print and online materials to keep constituents informed, inspired, and connected to WCW’s work. Collaborate with the External Relations team to develop messaging and include fundraising messages in our online communications.
• Manage WCW’s donor recognition programs and proactively recommend opportunities for improvement, including programs for new, lapsed, frequent, leadership, and planned giving.
• Manage donor recognition in the annual Honor Roll of Donors and oversee the stewardship reporting process for both endowed and special gift funds.
• Coordinate other outreach efforts, including managing logistics and vendor relations for fundraising events and executing specialized mailings and communications.
• Keep current on latest developments and best practices for annual giving and donor relations.
• Support general fundraising projects and tasks as needed.