Associate Director, Development & Alumni Relations

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
23 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Jan 2018
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.

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.

This position will identify, cultivate and solicit planned gift prospects – including developing ways to uncover new prospects, take a proactive role in reaching out to prospects, working with prospects to educate them on planned gift possibilities, soliciting and closing outright and planned gifts (irrevocable and revocable). Individual goal of 120 prospect visits per year.

This position will also work with the Associate Director of Planned Gift Administration to design, produce and implement marketing initiatives to raise awareness and interest in planned gifts, including informational seminars, promotional pieces, mailing to targeted populations, school and college based constituencies and other initiatives. He/she will work with school based officers to develop and execute a planned giving component within their school campaign, and will support regional officers in exploring planned giving opportunities by participation 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. Candidates must have a bachelors degree; a masters is preferred, and 5- 7 years of 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 BUs $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. protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Location BOSTON, , United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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