SENIOR DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR, Development & Alumni Relations (8874/F2817)

Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


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. 


 Supporting Boston University offers foundations the opportunity to invest strategically in research, scholarship, education, and service programs that change the world. As one of the largest private universities in the country and a leading global research and teaching institution, BU is uniquely poised to use foundation gifts wisely and well on a wide range of projects—from scholarly and scientific research, to scholarships, buildings, and community outreach. Many foundations take advantage of this opportunity, with wonderful results. Private philanthropic foundations support a huge range of Boston University projects and programs. Each foundation meets various philanthropic objectives, and at the same time makes incredible research and learning happen.

In addition to Foundation Relations, this role also provides firsthand administrative support to the Senior Associate Vice President of Development, in interacting with the eleven distinct teams that do everything from school-based development to prospect research and even the constituency relationship management system.


The Senior Development Coordinator (DC) is responsible for providing administrative support for the fundraising programs associated with the Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) and performs a wide variety of professional, administrative and staff support tasks for the Senior Associate Vice President of Development (SAVP). SAVP’s teams include the fundraising operations at the College of Engineering, School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Dental Medicine. The DC serves as the primary a data administrator for the integrity and organization of applicable fundraising pipelines in the Blackbaud eCRM system, the constituency relationship management system used by Development and Alumni Relations (DAR). 

The DC will review philanthropic news and foundation giving trends in journals, newsletters, social media and websites and share relevant updates with the OFR team on a regular basis. He or She will utilize RFP/RFA funding opportunity distribution lists for key foundations and maintain a calendar of ongoing funding opportunities as well as remain responsible for the integrity of BBEC data related to foundation constituents. Creating profiles of foundations by gathering information from multiple sources, including the Foundation Directory Online, BBEC, social media and websites, the DC will identify foundation prospect for specific BU projects and programs.  The position will create and maintain updated BU boilerplate information and standard proposal attachments including audited university financials, 990 tax forms, trustee lists, and so on.

Working within the Blackbaud eCRM (BBEC) system, the DC will create bi-monthly Pipeline Reports, assist in the update of fundraising pipeline related information and be responsible for the providing complex queries to the SAVP as well as the applicable school based teams.  This position will construct advanced PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets for the SAVP and applicable schools and offices reporting to the SAVP.

The DC will also perform general office support duties, including scheduling meetings, maintaining appointments and calendars, ordering supplies, tracking expenses and managing reimbursements through Concur, assisting with correspondence and outreach, both written and verbal, to prospects, screening and directing phone calls, and cover the front reception desk on an ad hoc basis.


Candidates must have one to three years’ experience, a bachelors’ degree is preferred. Additionally, written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. An inherent joy of working with data is a requirement to be successful, and a willingness to become a subject matter expert in Microsoft Office is essential. 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. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Play a leading role in BU’s $1.5 Billion campaign, and join us today, apply online at:

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.


One to three years of related experience and B.A./B.S. required.

We are 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. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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