Assistant Director, Stewardship, School of Law, Development and Alumni Relationships

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Tracking Code 5195/K0117

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.

Founded in 1872, Boston University School of Law is a top-tier law school with a faculty recognized nationally for exceptional teaching and preeminent scholarship. Students can explore virtually any area of the law in 200+ classes and seminars, 21 clinics, externships, and practicums, and 21 foreign study opportunities. BU Law offers a full-time JD degree, five LLM degrees, and 17 dual degrees. With the support of a global network of nearly 24,000 alumni and a robust Career Development & Public Service Office, our graduates achieve remarkable career success. BU Law is located in the heart of Boston and housed in the ultra-modern Sumner M. Redstone Building and Law Tower.


Reporting directly to the Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Relations, School of Law, the Assistant Director of Stewardship oversees general office operations, supervises the department's Senior Development Coordinator (SDC), provides fundraising administrative support for the Assistant Dean, and serves as a member of the Law Pipeline Development Team, which develops and coordinates strategies that systematically identify and assign prospective leadership gift donors. The Assistant Director also manages one reunion committee, and works with a small portfolio of prospects to cultivate and solicit, and is generally a significant contributor to the School's fundraising and alumni relations initiatives.

Overseeing the day-to-day functions of the School's Esdaile Alumni Center and supervise the department's SDC to ensure efficiency and collaboration in support of performance objectives for Law DAR, the Assistant Director of Stewardship’s related responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as liaison to the Dean's office, maintaining department files such as pledge agreements, Dean's Advisory Board documents, etc.; office supply inventory and procurement; and BBEC database management and utilization.

This role will also track fundraising and performance metric data and when requested, prepare reports for the Assistant Dean, Dean, Dean's Advisory Board (DAB), Alumni Association Executive Committee (EC), faculty, and BU DAR meetings. In partnership with the Assistant Dean and in collaboration with LGO's and Central DAR, this role will oversee high-level donor stewardship, with particular emphasis on the Dean's Advisory Board (DAB). In addition, working with LAW Marketing & Communications, this role must coordinate design and content for the bi-annual alumni magazine, The Record. Additional tasks may include, but are not limited to, disseminating and tracking communications; tracking upcoming action items and prompting the Dean and Assistant Dean for implementation of those items; maintaining DAB membership directory; and acting as recording secretary for DAB.

As a member of the Law Pipeline Development Team, the Assistant Director for Stewardship also collaborates with the School's Leadership Gift Officers, the Assistant Director of Annual Giving, and other members of the Law Development and Alumni Relations staff. The Law Pipeline Development Team to develop and coordinate strategies that systematically identify and assign prospective leadership gift donors. Tasks include, but are not limited to, data mining and other forms of prospect research, in-person, out-of-office discovery meetings with alumni to gauge their interest in becoming volunteers and/or donors, and creating a small portfolio of prospects to cultivate and solicit.

This role also will manage one reunion committee, working with LGOs and DAR to identify and recruit chair(s) and committee members. This position will advise and work with the chair(s) and committee members in creating and reaching reunion attendance and giving goals, soliciting for annual gifts/pledges when appropriate. He/She will track expenses against department budget, and make budget recommendations to Assistant Dean based on tracked budget data and assist the Assistant Dean in fiscal planning. When needed, this role must also provide minor administrative support for the Assistant Dean, which may include help in scheduling and calendar coordination, preparing and submitting expense reports, and assisting with tracking and stewarding prospects in the Assistant Dean's portfolio.

Required Skills

Three years of experience in a development office, or an academic fundraising unit is preferred. Advanced expertise of the Microsoft Office suite is required. Strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to build relationships in a highly collaborative environment is a must. Experience with writing, and budgets is also a plus. Candidates must have a bachelors’ degree; a masters is preferred, and a minimum of three years’ advancement experience. Additionally, advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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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