Director of Major Gifts

Lesley University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lesley University was started by Edith Lesley Wolfard as a school where kindergarten teachers could receive professional instruction. She wanted to empower students "to be different; to consider the individual of basic importance; to inculcate the ideal of gracious living; and to foster the traditions of American democracy.” Today, Lesley graduates build on those early beliefs by becoming dynamic, thoughtful leaders in education, mental health counseling, and the arts. Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to the world’s best-known universities and cultural riches, Lesley combines an intensely creative environment with practical experience that prepares students for the world outside of Lesley. Each year, 2,500 undergraduate and close to 5,000 graduate students pursue degrees on campus, off site, online, and through low-residency programs. Lesley’s mission boils down to the very practical idea of preparing graduates for meaningful careers and lifelong learning. Its core values — inquiry, community, diversity, and citizenship — help students discover the power of creativity to overcome obstacles, foster connections, and reveal fresh answers to the world’s problems.

The Opportunity

The Director of Major Gifts will engage, lead, and mentor a team of advancement professionals while partnering across the university and with board leadership to further the transformative mission of Lesley. With oversight over both individual and institutional giving, the chosen candidate will have tremendous impact at the University at a most exciting time in its history. While carrying a personal portfolio of family foundations and major gift prospects, the incoming Director will partner with the Vice President in setting the strategy for growth within the unit, in alignment with the strategic plan and upcoming master plan. Additionally, the Director of Major Gifts will work with members of the community, corporate leaders, and foundations in securing gifts that will further the vision, principles, and efforts of the University’s namesake, Edith Lesley.