ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, School of Law, Development & Alumni Relations (4839/G2117)

Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 24, 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. 

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.


Reporting directly to the Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Relations, School of Law, the Assistant/Associate Director (AD), Alumni Relations is primarily responsible for the planning, promotion, execution, and analysis of School of Law alumni events with strategic importance to the School of Law's Development and Alumni Relations department (Law DAR). This role also works closely with the BU School of Law Alumni Association and various Law alumni affinity groups to foster a sense of community and promote lifelong engagement with the law school and one another.

Serving as the principal manager of BU Law's Reunion and Alumni Weekend and Annual Silver Shingle Gala, activities include the planning, promoting and executing of all events throughout the weekend, including hiring and supervising a seasonal employee; overseeing the budget; setting and tracking goals; and collaborating with Law DAR staff assigned to each reunion class. This role also will manage two reunion classes, which includes recruiting chairs and committee members and soliciting reunion gifts.

Working with the Assistant Dean and others, this position will create and plan alumni events throughout the year with primary responsibility for logistics related to those events: researching and contracting with venues, caterers, and rental companies; volunteer management; and on-site event management (locally and in other key cities). Such events include, but are not limited to, alumni holiday parties (Boston, NY and DC), Dean's dinners, alumni panels and speaker events, and admitted student receptions. When necessary, this role will collaborate with other LAW departments to ensure event's success.

The AD will manage Young Alumni Committees (YAC) and their events as well as work with current leadership to plan and execute events throughout the year and identify new alumni to be involved. The AD will partner with alumni and other LAW departments to ensure that young alumni contact and career information is updated in database and achieve 3-5 in-person meetings with young alumni each month.

This role also supports the School of Law Alumni Association Executive Committee (EC) by assisting with scheduling quarterly meetings; regular planning and strategic advising calls with EC President; and other logistical support as needed and perform other tasks as assigned by the Assistant Dean.

Required Skills

Candidates must have a bachelors’ degree; and a minimum of three years’ related experience, including hands on event and volunteer management in a variety of settings. 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.

Additionally, advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Travel, evening and weekend work is required. 

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.

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