Senior Development Associate, Global Leadership, Development & Alumni Relations

Boston University
Boston , Massachusetts, United States
20 Feb 2018
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20 Mar 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.


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.

Job Scope

The Assistant Director assists with managing the programmatic and logistical support for special presidential initiatives, including the International Advisory Board, and works directly with Board members. Work with the Senior Vice President, Vice President, Development; Directors, GLD; Directors of Principal Gifts, and the President’s Office. He/she will have a qualify portfolio of international parents and assist the International Development officers in providing outreach to all international parents. The Assistant Director supports two International Development officers and has management responsibility. Two other key responsibilities include overseeing presidential briefings and travel and coordinating Principal Gift-related events. The Assistant Director 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.

Special Initiatives and Event Management:

  • Assist Director of Global Leadership Development with all phases of planning and execution of International Advisory Board and Next Wave events and communication. As appropriate, attend the University’s Presidential-appointed International Advisory Board and Next Wave meetings/events. Communication includes direct contact with high-level donors, preparing and disseminating meeting materials, working with faculty speakers, working with outside vendors and managing logistics. Tasks include: booking space, catering, tracking registrations, running nametags, recruiting and 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. IAB consists of 25 member in 10 countries. Majority of meetings are overseas, two times per year. Next Wave is an emerging program with 2-3 annual events, both domestic and international.
  • Assist with the development, execution and follow-up of principal-gift level Development events. This includes direct prospect and donor contact and working with outside vendors.

Presidential Prospect Coordination:

  • Train development and alumni relations staff on preparation of presidential briefing books and related collateral. Draft and coordinate the confidential briefing materials and related travel for development-related presidential prospect visits (donors with capability of $1 million or above), travel and events.
  • Attend confidential prospect review meetings with senior DAR staff and President/President’s staff to support the setting of itineraries, prospect outreach, assistance with prospect correspondence, and the preparation of reports.

International Prospect Coordination:

  • Provide support to two International Gift Officer, including: prospect outreach on gift officer’s behalf; assist with travel arrangements; oversee prospect mailings, including collateral collection; prospect meeting preparation, including research requests; event management; maintain prospect files and BBEC tracking; and overseeing prospect campus visits. May attend office meetings with Global Leadership Development officers.

International Parents:

  • Qualify portfolio of international parents that fall outside of regions managed by international gift officers through local (on-campus) meetings and, to the extent feasible, travel that is concurrent with the IAB. Assist International Gift Officers with outreach to all international parents by way of mailings and emails
  • Plan and execute annual international parent reception.

Management Responsibilities:

  • Supervises the Development Coordinator and work-study students.
  • Assist in training of new employees and work-study students.

Required Skills

Candidates must have five – seven years of 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.