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BOSTON, United States

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Tracking Code6744Job Description

Our Mission

We in Boston University Development & Alumni Relations (DAR) harness the power of philanthropy to make an excellent education accessible and welcoming to all, and to advance BU’s global leadership in research, scholarship, artistic creation, and professional practice. To support our work, we have built—and are continuing to build—an outstanding team of dynamic, mission-driven advancement professionals who constantly strive to create an environment where everyone belongs. Where it’s not just about a job, but a career and a community.

Now, our Global Leadership Development team is looking for a Development Associate who will provide support for presidential development travel & high level events, and work directly with principal gift prospects, including Board members.

Global Leadership Development at Boston University

The Global Leadership Development (GLD) team works with the Senior Vice President on securing principal gifts for Boston University from philanthropists across the globe, partnering closely with University leadership. Their work centers on identifying principal gift prospects and working with prospect managers to plan a strategy for high-level cultivation and solicitation of high-net-worth individuals, leading to philanthropic investments that create impactful and meaningful change.

Development Associate

The two key responsibilities of the Development Associate include overseeing University presidential prospect briefings & travel and coordinating Principal Gift related stewardship & events. The Development Associate supports two or more Principal Gift/International Development officers, and the Development Associate 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. This position works with the Senior Vice President, Vice President, Development; Assistant Vice Presidents; Directors-Global Leadership Development; Directors of Principal Gifts, and the President’s Office.


Presidential Prospect Coordination and Administrative Support:

  • Draft and coordinate the confidential briefing materials and related travel for development-related presidential prospect visits (donors with capacity of $1 million or above), travel and events.
  • Establish and maintain office, filing and computer/database systems for prospect files and donor giving figures, contact reports, and database tracking updates for two or more senior Principal Gift and/or International Development officers. Run reports from donor database to generate prospect lists. Perform general office support duties, including scheduling meetings, maintaining appointments and calendars, arranging travel, ordering supplies, tracking expenses, screening and directing phone calls and processing university paperwork. Attend office meetings with and/or in place of Global Leadership Development officers.
  • Attend confidential prospect review meetings with senior DAR staff and President’s staff to support the setting of itineraries, prospect outreach, assistance with prospect correspondence, and the preparation of reports.

High Level Development Events planning support:

  • Assist with all phases of planning, execution and follow-up of certain high level development events. May attend local events. Communication includes direct contact with high-level donors, preparing and disseminating event materials, working with faculty speakers, working with outside vendors and managing logistics. Tasks include: booking space, catering, tracking registrations, running nametags, 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. Events will be hosted throughout the United States in coordination with the President’s development travel.

Manage Principal Gift Stewardship and Campaign Projects:

  • Working closely with the Director of Global Leadership Development, may assist with all phases of developing and stewarding million dollar donor society and campaign steering committee. May attend the events. Communication includes direct contact with high-level donors, working with outside vendors and managing logistics. Tasks include: managing membership lists, preparing membership invitation packages, booking space, catering, tracking registrations, running nametags, working with speakers, preparing collaterals (invites, programs, speaker gifts, etc.), tracking event timelines, communicating with colleagues regarding events. Includes post event follow up and tracking of newly identified prospects.

Assist in the training and supervision of new employees and work-study students.

Required Skills

A cover letter is required for consideration.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of related experience, preferably in a complex development setting
  • Knowledge of relevant computer software including Microsoft Excel and strong familiarity with donor-focused CRM systems
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and high level of discretion. Must be highly organized and able to manage confidential information. Excellent project management skills and follow through
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced environment involving high-level stakeholders; ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, both in person, on the phone, and virtually

But that’s not all we’re looking for; we want someone who embodies our values:

  • Teamwork, transparency, and mutual respect, because we value every member’s contributions and know that leadership can come from anywhere.
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and a commitment to ensuring that each of us knows we belong here.
  • Integrity in how we work and how we treat one another.
  • Strategic thinking and curiosity in the relentless pursuit of fresh approaches and measurable results.
  • Continuous growth and improvement, both as individuals and as a team.
  • Joy and shared appreciation for working hard toward goals that matter.

If this resonates with you and you want to help us in our ambitious next campaign—and maybe do some of your best work as an advancement professional— we encourage you to apply.If you are hesitant to apply because you have not previously performed every responsibility listed in the description, but you do possess transferable skills and the defined qualifications, we still want to hear from you and welcome your application as well.

To learn more about Development & Alumni Relations at Boston University, and other job opportunities, please stop by the DAR Talent website:

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the employment application process, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at 617-353-6474.

Job LocationBOSTON, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


The Difference Is Our DNA

What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? And what is the catalyst that prompts 32,557 students from 135 countries to call BU their home every semester? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.

A Community Unlike Any Other

As you can see below, it takes people, ideas, and a little luck (Boston, you’re our town) to make BU what it is today: one of the most dynamic universities in the world.

Celebrated thinkers: On any given day, students will find themselves mesmerized by Nobel Prize winners, a poet laureate, and the first biomedical engineer ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” among others.

Extraordinary teaching: When a classroom starts to percolate with new ideas, it’s because our faculty of scholars and accomplished practitioners know how to ignite students’ imaginations. That’s why we reward our best teachers with BU’s most prestigious honor: The Metcalf Cup and Prize.

Groundbreaking research: With faculty dedicated to a creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, BU has become a leading global research institution—propelled forward by over $350 million a year in sponsored program revenue.

World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 135 countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in L.A., D.C., and more than 30 other cities on six continents.

A city within a city: Today, 80% of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain the 525 student activity groups alone.

The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.

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