Assistant Director, Annual Fund, School of Law

Boston University
Boston , Massachusetts, United States
13 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
10 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.

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.


The Assistant Director, Annual Fund for the Law School (AD) reports directly to the Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Relations, School of Law, and is responsible for managing all aspects of the Law School's comprehensive annual giving program, including overseeing the direct mail and e-appeal programs, BU’s annual Giving Day, and the graduating class gift. S/he will work with the Assistant Dean to set annual and long-term goals and priorities; identify, cultivate and solicit alumni with a focus on annual fund leadership gifts of $1,000 and more; conduct 6-8 face-to-face visits per month; and manage 1-2 reunion committees annually. S/he role will collaborate with members of the Law development team and central leadership gifts team to identify and recruit reunion committee chairs, members, and devise and achieve fundraising goals. The Assistant Director will also oversee various special projects as assigned by the Assistant Dean.

Required Skills

Minimum of three years of work experience, with a minimum of one year of experience in a development office, or an academic fundraising unit preferred, including soliciting gifts. Reunion fundraising and working with volunteers preferred. Additionally, experience in an institution of considerable organizational complexity typified by matrix relationships of power and influence is critical.

Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships in a highly collaborative environment is a must, as is the ability to "manage up" in working directly with University leaders; engaging laterally by building relationships of trust and mutual value added with colleagues across campus; and managing "down" to ensure the support and cooperation of staff both within and outside of Development. A capacity to think strategically and creatively is necessary; this involves the ability to inquire about and listen to a prospect's needs, and then to understand and determine how to best develop a successful strategy for engagement.

Candidates must have a bachelors’ degree and a minimum of one year of fundraising experience. Additionally, advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Job Location Boston , Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular