Assistant Director for Alumni Relations

Boston University
Boston , Massachusetts, United States
26 Aug 2017
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23 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Tracking Code 9002/H2517 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. 

 Alumni Relations at Boston University is a key component of the Campaign for Boston University. Responsible for connecting with, engaging, and helping foster lifetime connections with the 300,000 Boston University Alumni across the globe, Alumni Relations is the first point of contact for alums looking to reconnect or engage with their alma mater.


 The Assistant Director for Alumni Relations, Schools (AD), builds, strengthens, and stewards engagement between alumni and Boston University by developing and implementing strategies to manage active alumni volunteer networks and individual volunteers in a select group of Boston University Schools and Colleges.  The AD will direct alumni programming and events that build on school and college based relationships but also include regional, affinity, and shared interest networks. This position will support alumni engagement for selected colleges and schools and will work closely with development colleagues assigned to schools as well as on the Alumni Network Regional team.

This role, the Assistant Director will engage alumni, increase their connection to each other and to the University by organizing, managing, and directing school- based alumni programming, events, activities, communications, and special projects to further the goals of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.  This includes initiating and maintaining regular correspondence with alumni volunteer leaders, affinity steering groups, donors/prospects, and volunteers, and actively recruiting alumni volunteers for positions within school/college, regional and affinity alumni networks. This position also involves working with the regional directors assist in managing regional and affinity alumni networks and volunteers as well as actively stewarding relationships with volunteers to maintain, build and strengthen alumni networks.

The Assistant Director must also collaborate well with the school and college development officers, regional leadership gifts officers, global leadership team, and annual fund colleagues to identify, coordinate, and execute programming and outreach with the objective of increasing alumni participation, engagement, and communication within a particular school or college community, as well as manage and coordinate e-mail communication, newsletters, website content, social media marketing for school and college based programs and events.

Required Skills

Candidates must have three to five years’ experience in event planning or ideally, Alumni Relations, including managing a budget and vendors.  A bachelors’ degree is required. Additionally, excellent written communications, and project management skills are required.  Superb organizational and customer service skills are requirements to be successful, and a strong mastery of Microsoft Office and constituent relationship management software is essential, as well as the ability to prioritize a demanding, time sensitive workload. A commitment to collaboration and collegiality is required. The selected candidate must be able to handle confidential material responsibly and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals including alumni, University leadership, and senior leadership within the division. Must be able to work nights & weekends and travel locally, regionally and in some cases internationally.

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