Development Associate

Job description

Wells College seeks outstanding candidates to serve as a Development Associate in the Office of Advancement. The successful candidate in this entry-level position will focus on the qualification, engagement, cultivation, and solicitation of alumnae and alumni, to encourage their gifts to Wells, under the direct supervision and mentoring by the Director of Major and Planned Giving and the Vice President for Advancement.

The Development Associate is responsible for building relationships with Wells alumnae/i to engage them in strategic activities that will bring them closer to the college. This position will implement a strategic approach to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward our Alumnae/i as partners, advocates, and investors. This position will play a vital role in helping the advancement office achieve its engagement and fundraising goals. This is a three-year position, with the possibility of renewal.


  • Under the direction of the Director of Major and Planned Giving and the Vice President, the Development Associate receives training, support and mentoring in as he or she manages a list of identified prospects from qualification stage through the stewardship stage.
  • Enhances and fosters deeper partnerships, engagement opportunities and programming with campus departments including, but not limited to, the Office of Advancement, the Career Center, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs, and Admissions.
  • Communicates, collaborates, and coordinates with the Advancement team as well as various constituent offices and departments throughout campus to support the cultivation of identified prospects.
  • Solicits new and increased gifts to the Wells College Annual Fund, qualifies major gift prospects, and refers major gift prospects to the Director of Major and Planned Giving and the Vice President.
  • Reports all activity within the guidelines established by the Advancement office.
  • Solicits each individual within the assigned portfolio for a financial gift to Wells College each and every year.


  • Basic knowledge of fundraising principles and a willingness to learn.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the proven ability to work effectively with a diverse constituency of potential donors and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from across the institution, while exercising discretion and diplomacy in all interactions.
  • Ability to develop skills in cultivating relationships with the ability to understand and tend to the needs of the alumnae/i body, enthusiastically, promptly and effectively.
  • Strong project coordination and organizational skills.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office products, specifically MS outlook, Word, and Excel. Other software proficiency in databases and web-based applications.
  • A high level of independence, with the ability to work effectively and successfully off campus with minimal supervision.
  • Experience in database/customer relationship management (CRM) systems preferred.
  • Ability to travel extensively. Attendance at evening and weekend events is required.


  • Preferred: Experience as an intern, volunteer, or staff member in individual gift fundraising.
  • Preferred: Experience in alumni relations or customer relations and engagement or related field.
  • Special consideration will be given to qualified candidates who are alumnae/i of Wells          College.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.                                                                                                                          

Wells College is a small coeducational liberal arts college located in the village of Aurora, New York, within a half hour's drive of Ithaca and within a 75 minute radius of Rochester, Syracuse and numerous other colleges and universities – an area rich in natural, educational and cultural resources. The current student body numbers under 500, approximately 76% from NY State, and 32% identifying as students of color.  Wells College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. The College seeks to promote diversity in all of its hires to create a multicultural teaching, learning, and working environment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the final candidate is selected. Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé; and names and contact information for three professional references online at No phone one calls please.




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Job No: Advancement
Posted: 9/13/2018
Application Due: 11/12/2018
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