Executive Director for Annual Giving

Boston University
Boston , Massachusetts, United States
20 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Mar 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.

Executive Director, Annual Giving

Annual Giving at Boston University is simple. Each year, alumni, students, parents, and friends choose to support everything from softballs to software at BU. These gifts are then deployed to fund research, provide emergency student assistance, pay for travel to academic conferences, and lots more throughout the year.

Job Scope

The Executive Director for Annual Giving will work closely with and report to the vice president of alumni relations to oversee and manage the university’s annual giving programs. The Executive Director will lead a team of 13 fund-raising professionals and serve as a senior member of BU’s alumni engagement team. In addition to growing and sustaining a broad-base of support from alumni, parents and friends, he/she will carry a portfolio of leadership annual gift prospects and will expand the leadership annual giving program at Boston University.

  • Leadership: The ED will interact with leadership volunteers, deans and senior administration of both the division of Development and Alumni Relations and Boston University. He/she will oversee the day-to-day operation of the Office of Annual Giving. He/she will lead by example and serve as a strong manager of people and programs as well as an advocate for the annual giving program and staff at the senior leadership table. He/she will be a mentor and coach and will have a strong focus on professional development and expanding the competencies and abilities of the staff within annual giving and will hire effective, collaborative, results-oriented individuals to join a cohesive team. He/she will be an effective public speaker capable of representing Boston University to diverse audiences. 35%
  • Strategic planning: Develop strategic and tactical plans to ensure that Boston University remains one of the top programs in the nation. The Executive Director will be expected to be aware of trends in annual giving and demonstrate a deep knowledge base of best practices. He/she will have demonstrated experience in data driven decision making. 25%
  • Administrative: Hires, supervises, and conducts annual performance reviews of reporting staff. Oversees budget of Annual Giving. Serves on committees within Development & Alumni Relations as appropriate, and also on interdepartmental committees and task forces as requested by the Vice President for Alumni Relations. 25%
  • Prospect Portfolio: Carry a portfolio of 10-20 top annual fund prospects for the university. The successful candidate will be expected to close five and six-figure annual fund gifts, sometimes in partnership with leadership gift officers, AVPs, or deans. They will be a strategic partner with leaders on campus on complex, transformational unrestricted gifts to the university. 15%

Required Skills

A bachelor's degree (master’s preferred) and 7-10 years of work experience, including a minimum of 5 years of experience in development or alumni relations with demonstrated success in leading and growing an annual giving program, preferably in a complex institution of higher education. Proven success cultivating relationships with volunteers and donors, soliciting leadership annual gifts, leading direct marketing efforts, and volunteer management. Outstanding oral and written communication and presentation skills are required. The successful candidate will be comfortable with metric driven strategies and data analysis. Knowledge of and experience with best practices in annual giving for higher education is a must. Must be entrepreneurial, innovative, resourceful, creative, and a self-motivated team player with strong organizational, budgeting, and time management skills who is able to manage multiple assignments concurrently. The Executive Director must be collaborative and have proven success working with university leadership, faculty, staff, students and alumni. Must demonstrate a talent for team building and developing positive and cooperative relationships both internally and externally. 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 , Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular