Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations

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.

Boston University’s 17 Schools and Colleges require a specialized and hands-on approach to advancement. Staffed by local teams that report dually to the individual school or college dean, as well as central Development and Alumni Relations, assistant deans work to organize dean’s advisory board as well as advance a wide-range of fundraising and alumni relations initiatives. Assistant deans are highly collaborative on gifts and programmatic support, coordinating closely with leadership giving, planned giving, alumni relations and faculty. With the planned June 1st merger of Boston University and Wheelock College, the new Wheelock College of Education and Human Development will begin to define its mission and strategic plan and will benefit from a strong, collaborative development and alumni relations program.

The Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations will play an integral role in shaping the development and alumni relations team and developing and implementing a development strategy for the new Wheelock College of Education and Human Development (WCEHD) at Boston University, (effective 6/1/2018). Working with the Assistant Vice President for School Development (AVP), the Assistant Dean will identify, cultivate and solicit prospects to secure leadership and principal gifts for the College. Working with the Dean of WCEHD, the Vice President for Development, the AVP, the Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) staff, and volunteers, the Assistant Dean will create, plan, and implement a wide range of fund raising and alumni relations activities, strategies, programs and priorities that engage and unify the alumni of Boston University and Wheelock College in concert with the Campaign for Boston University. The Assistant Dean will build and manage a high performing team of development and alumni relations professionals to support the efforts of WCHED.


  • Build a blended portfolio of Boston University School of Education and Wheelock College leadership and principal gift prospects. Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward them on behalf of the WCEHD. Craft proposals for leadership/principal gift solicitations and create/prepare other fund-raising materials for WCEHD. Actively direct all facets of WCEHD’s comprehensive Campaign including recruitment, development and management of the WCEHD Dean’s Advisory Board including adding key Wheelock College stakeholders to the current advisory board. Strategize, manage and coordinate Dean's interactions with the Dean's Advisory Board.
  • Serving as the leader of development and alumni relations for the College, utilize the school-based and central DAR colleagues and resources in an effort to maximize the fundraising potential and alumni engagement. Work collaboratively with the Regional Leadership Gift Officers, Planned Giving Officers and the Foundation Relations Officers in their development activities on behalf of the WCEHD. Work collaboratively with the Annual Giving and Alumni Relations team to build an engaged alumni network. Play a primary role in managing and tracking specific fundraising initiatives as agreed by the Dean and Assistant Vice President in accordance with the University’s and the College’s strategic plan.
  • Serve as member of WCEHD’s senior leadership team representing DAR in certain College faculty meetings and via other assignments as deemed critical to the fundraising and alumni relations agenda as set by the Dean and the AVP. Interface with Dean and their leadership team on fundraising goals and the College’s strategic initiatives. Work with administrators and alumni to create broader visibility and image for the College. Work with the communications team build the new College’s library of materials and to publicize alumni gifts and activity on an ongoing basis focusing on multifaceted communication with alumni, parents and friends of the College. Serve as key external spokesperson for the College.
  • This position will supervise the WCEHD office and staff; including building a team to support the development and alumni relations efforts. The Assistant Dean will also fulfill administrative duties as required by DAR, WCEHD, and BU-wide operating procedures. This includes creating vision and priorities for the office, leading by example and setting a standard of best practice for others to follow and managing the budget.

Required Skills

The Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for the new Wheelock College of Education and Human Development (WCEHD) at Boston University will be an experienced and talented major and principal gift fund raiser with a successful track record of board management and engagement with prospects and donors at the six, seven- and even eight-figure levels. 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. A commitment to and understanding of the educational mission of the College is a must. A minimum of eight years of direct fund-raising experience with a proven track record of soliciting and closing gifts of $100,000 or more is required. Additionally critical is leadership experience in an institution of considerable organizational complexity typified by matrix relationships of power and influence. Leadership experience in a campaign setting is required, and experience in the design of such an effort is a distinct preference. Experience building and managing a high performing team is required. Additionally, advanced written communications, supervisory, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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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