Vice President for Development

Wellesley College
Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
Oct 10, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Wellesley College, the premier liberal arts college for women, seeks inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of vice president for development.

Situated on a beautiful campus of 500 acres, the College is enriched by its proximity to the greater Boston area. Wellesley is home to 2,350 undergraduate students representing 50 states and more than 80 countries, 48 percent students of color, 13 percent international citizens and 17 percent first-generation college students. Diversity and inclusion are a way of life at Wellesley.

Wellesley College is one of the finest fundraising operations in U.S. higher education. On June 30, 2018, Wellesley completed the largest fundraising effort ever undertaken by a women's college, one full year ahead of schedule. In all, a goal-shattering $514,485,911 was raised during the Wellesley Effect campaign against a $500-million goal to support Wellesley's mission to provide an excellent liberal arts education to women who will make a difference in the world. The College's next vice president will assume the office at an advantageous time — at the conclusion of a successful campaign and on the cusp of planning its next campaign with new goals and priorities established by President Paula A. Johnson, now in her third year in the role. The vice president for development will have the opportunity to shape and guide the future of philanthropy at Wellesley. Additional information about Wellesley College may be found at

The vice president serves as the chief development officer for the campus and advises the president and other senior-level leaders on all development matters. As a key member of the president's senior leadership team, the vice president participates in strategic planning and works collaboratively with leadership across the institution to support key academic and College priorities, initiatives and opportunities. Superior ability to think strategically at the institutional, departmental and individual prospect levels is of the utmost importance. The College seeks a collaborative, forward-thinking and goal-oriented development leader with a robust track record as a major/principal gift fundraiser and manager of a sophisticated fundraising operation who will have played a leadership role in one or more comprehensive campaigns of considerable size and ambition.

Substantial leadership and management acumen is required, and thus the ideal candidate will have successfully led or had a major leadership role in development or advancement programs for at least 10 years, with a significant proportion of that experience in the service of one or more institutions of significant complexity and accomplishment. As would be expected, superior communication and relationship-building skills are required, with an advanced degree preferred. A track record for building strong, actionable relationships across the entire academic and co-curricular spectrum of one or more institutions will be a distinct advantage.  A facility with data and an approach that uses data to drive strategy is required. The vice president will be an inspirational team builder with the capacity for embedding development best practices within institutional values and aspirations. The successful candidate will serve as an encouraging manager and mentor capable of bringing further cohesion to a department of eager, committed and engaged development professionals. A complete leadership profile may be found at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to Wellesley College’s consultants Dennis M. Barden and Veena Abraham, J.D., at [email protected]

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

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