Assistant Director in DAR Development & Alumni Relation

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
08 Sep 2017
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06 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

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. 


Annual Giving at Boston University is simple. Each year, alumni, students, parents, and friends choose to support everything from softballs to software at BU. These gifts are then deployed to fund research, provide emergency student assistance, pay for travel to academic conferences, and lots more throughout the year.


The Assistant Director, Annual Fund Leadership Giving Society (AFLGS)is responsible for growing membership to the AFLGS by developing and implementing strategies to attract new donors, retain and upgrade current donors, and ultimately increase current-use giving to the university. With a focus on top Annual Fund prospect management and in partnership with the Director of the Annual Fund, colleagues in the schools and colleges, central development and alumni relations teams, the Assistant Director plays a key role in maximizing Annual Fund revenue and strengthening the major gift pipeline.

This role will oversee the strategy to increase the number of AFLGS members, by coordinating and implementing meaningful benefits for members (insider access to information and events,) collaborating with other Annual Giving and Alumni Relations teammates on stewardship opportunities, as well as build partnerships with leadership gift officers to insert messaging about AFLGS in conversations, including coordinating solicitation and stewardship events (including management of board appeals twice annually.)

This role will also develop, coordinate, and monitor Annual Fund solicitation plans and outcomes for top Annual Fund prospects, by form collaborative partnerships with DAR colleagues to develop solicitation plans for managed prospects who are key annual fund donors, tracking and managing annual fund challenge sponsors for our marquee participation event, BU Giving Day.

The Assistant Director will manage reporting and analysis efforts to increase membership in AFLGS, including communicate regularly with gift officers about managed prospect participation including leverage internal and external databases to identify leadership donor and volunteer leads. This includes reviewing upgrade and downgrade trends for members and individuals to identify moves and 2nd ask/upgrade opportunities.

This position will also provide oversight and strategic guidance for Annual Fund Leadership Gift Society direct marketing, by working with direct marketing team on mail, email solicitation packages and messaging, reviewing segmentation strategies and data, and project manage board appeals twice annually. (Trustees, Overseers, Dean’s Advisory Boards)

Required Skills


Candidates must have three to five years’ related experience, a bachelors’ degree is required, and a master’s degree is preferred. An inherent joy of working with data is a requirement to be successful, and strong computer, organizational and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to prioritize the workload. 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

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