Leadership Gift Officer

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
12 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
09 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Tracking Code 8958/H1017 Job Description


If you want to join a dynamic, mission-driven team in the best college town in the U.S.—at a prestigious university that knows where it wants to go, and is competitive in its compensation and benefits—consider us. If you want to help bring a $1.5 billion-dollar campaign to a successful conclusion—and maybe do some of your best work as an advancement professional—consider joining our team.

This historic effort will depend upon a dedicated, creative, and diverse staff.  Boston University’s Development and Alumni Relations’ top leadership includes outstanding individuals recruited from some of the best institutions in the world and is led by Senior Vice President Scott Nichols. 


 The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is the academic heart of Boston University and its largest school. Home to more than 6,500 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students, the College offers students a journey of learning and discovery into the humanities and the social, natural, and computational sciences—the fundamental disciplines that underlie contemporary knowledge creation. Advancement for the College of Arts and Sciences is staffed by a team of four, an Assistant Dean, two front-line fundraisers and a staff coordinator.


 The Leadership Gift Officer (LGO) for the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) reports directly to the Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Relations and works closely with the Senior Leadership Gift Officer, and other colleagues at CAS and within Boston University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) to advance a wide-range of fund-raising priorities.  The LGO will assemble and manage a portfolio of leadership-gift prospects ($100,000+) consisting of alumni, parents, and friends of CAS.  S/he will identify and cultivate prospective donors and develop solicitation and stewardship strategies, coordinating the involvement of peers, administrators, faculty, alumni and volunteers as necessary and appropriate.

 This position will identify, cultivate and solicit major gift and leadership gift prospects ($100,000), with the goal to conduct 100 face-to-face prospect visits, create 20-30 plans in BBEC and complete 10-12 major gift solicitations per year as well as appropriate solicitations for leadership annual gifts of $1,000 or greater.  Ultimately, s/he will construct a major gift portfolio with 80-100 prospects.

 Working with Assistant Dean to coordinate identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for major and leadership donors to CAS, this position will start with individual prospect plans, including stewardship events (Lenox Street or other cultivation dinners), communications (thank you notes and Thanksgiving letters), and electronic or written communications and solicitations in collaboration with the Annual Giving staff.  The LGO will also collaborate with Assistant Dean and Director of BU Center for the Humanities (BUCH) to advance a critical initiative of the CAS Dean.

 The LGO will engage alumni to increase their connection to CAS by developing, organizing, and helping to manage the Dean’s Advisory Board meetings, the Distinguished Alumni Awards events, and other alumni programming, events, activities, communications, and special projects.  This role will collaborate closely with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on these efforts to increase alumni participation, engagement and communication, as well as collaborate with CAS communications staff in the creation of newsletters, brochures, Web site content and other development/alumni communication. 

 This position is also expected to support the CAS Dean, Assistant Dean, and Senior Leadership Gifts Officer in their frontline development efforts by providing prospect research and by staffing their prospect meetings where appropriate.

Required Skills


A minimum of three years of fundraising experience is required. Additionally critical is leadership experience in an institution of considerable organizational complexity typified by matrix relationships of power and influence. Experience in a campaign setting is required, and experience in the design of such an effort is a distinct preference. Candidates must have a bachelors’ degree; a masters is preferred, and three to five years’ fundraising experience. Additionally, advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Play a leading role in BU’s $1.5 Billion campaign, and join us today.

 Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular