Associate Director, Planned Giving

Boston University
BOSTON, , United States
20 Dec 2017
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17 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


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 Planned Giving Office at Boston University is a service organization providing information and expertise on the full array of planned gifts to internal and external clients.  The department is comprised of six professionals responsible for generating and stewarding planned gifts for programs and Schools at Boston University. This team collaborates closely with the school based teams, as well as with principal gifts, leadership gifts and alumni relations.  In creating a culture of heightened awareness of gift planning as a desirable funding option, the department is an important contributor to the long term strategic fund raising initiatives of the university.


Reporting to the Director of Planned Giving, the Associate Director will develop strategies and implement programs to expand planned giving through identifying, cultivating, educating and soliciting prospects for outright, planned and estate gifts in support of the Campaign for Boston University.  This position works closely with fundraising staff across the division in developing, planning and implementing a wide range of best practice fund-raising activities, strategies, programs, and priorities.

The Associate Director of Planned Giving will work with the Director and team to design, produce and implement marketing initiatives to raise awareness level and interest in planned gifts, including informational seminars, promotional pieces, and mailings.

This position also includes developing strategies to promote and support planned giving initiatives for all schools, colleges, and departments of Boston University, as well as supporting regional gift officers in exploring planned giving opportunities with prospects, preparing planned gift proposals, participate in joint calls/visits.

Required Skills

The Associate Director of Planned Giving at Boston University will be an experienced and talented planned giving fund raiser with a successful track record of board management and engagement with prospects and donors for estate and bequest gifts. He or she will have the particular ability to develop and to execute strategy at both the departmental and prospect level and will be a proven planner and executor of those plans. Five to seven years of direct fund-raising experience with a proven track record of soliciting and closing planned gifts is required. Candidates must have a bachelors degree, masters degree preferred, and five to seven years of fundraising experience. Additionally, advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 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.