Development Associate, Development & Alumni Relations

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
06 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 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.

Global Leadership Development includes the Principal Gift, International and Planned Giving teams, responsible for raising capital gifts of seven-figure-plus toward the Campaign for Boston University. This team collaborates closely with the President’s Office, the schools/colleges Deans and development staff, as well as Leadership Gifts and Alumni Relations to steward our top prospects and fund priorities at the University.


The Development Associate provides support for the presidential development events and works directly with Board members. This position works with the Senior Vice President, Vice President, Development; Director-Global Leadership Development; Directors of Principal Gifts, and the President’s Office. Two other key responsibilities include overseeing University presidential prospect briefings and travel and coordinating Principal Gift related stewardship and events. The Development Associate supports two or more Principal Gift/International Development officers. The Development Associate must work cooperatively with a wide variety of colleagues and external constituents, including University leadership, faculty, staff, and alumni, to help execute strategies and work toward overall development goals.

Specific Duties include:

Presidential Prospect Coordination and Administrative Support:   60%

The Development Associate will draft and coordinate the confidential briefing materials and related travel for development-related presidential prospect visits, travel and events. This position will be the main administrative support for two or more senior Principal Gift and/or International Development Officers. He/she will also attend confidential prospect review meetings with senior staff and President/President’s staff to support the setting of itineraries, prospect outreach, assistance with prospect correspondence, and the preparation of reports.

Development and Presidential Events: 20%

The Development Associate will assist with all phases of planning, execution and follow-up of development and presidential development events. Communication includes direct contact with high-level donors, preparing and disseminating event materials, working with faculty speakers, working with outside vendors and managing logistics. Tasks include: booking space, catering, tracking registrations, running nametags, staffing speakers, preparing collaterals (invites, speaker gifts, etc.), tracking event timelines, communicating with colleagues regarding events. Includes post event follow up and tracking, next steps and outreach. Events will be hosted throughout the United States in coordination with the President’s development travel.

Manage Principal Gift Stewardship and Campaign Projects: 15%

The Development Associate will work closely with the Director of Global Leadership Development, assist with all phases of developing and stewarding million dollar donor society and campaign steering committee. Attend the events. Communication includes direct contact with high-level donors, working with outside vendors and managing logistics. Tasks include: managing membership lists, preparing membership invitation packages, booking space, catering, tracking registrations, running nametags, working with speakers, preparing collaterals (invites, programs, speaker gifts, etc.), tracking event timelines, communicating with colleagues regarding events. Includes post event follow up and tracking of newly identified prospects.

Required Skills

Candidates must have three to five years’ experience, a bachelors’ degree is required. Additionally, written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Strong computer, organizational and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to prioritize the workload. The selected candidate must be able to handle confidential material responsibly and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals.

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, , United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular