COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, Development & Alumni Relations

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COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, Development & Alumni Relations

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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 a job, but a career and a community.

Now, our Alumni Engagement team is looking for a Communications Coordinator who will increase alumni engagement through varied marketing channels.

Alumni Engagement at Boston University

The Alumni Engagement team is dedicated to understanding alumni, strengthening pride and awareness, and facilitating ways to grow and sustain the base of alumni engaging with and supporting Boston University. The team has oversight of alumni digital strategy, alumni experience operations, and measuring engagement—through both attitudinal and behavioral dimensions—of more than 350,000 alumni across the globe. This team works in close collaboration with colleagues in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations, and across departments and schools at Boston University.

Communications Coordinator

Working as part of a growing team, the Communications Coordinator provides technical support, customer service, and marketing for alumni relations and select development initiatives. The incumbent will build new websites and add content to existing sites following specified formatting and design criteria. Additionally, this position will create and manage opportunities for online engagement of BU alumni. The Communications Coordinator will work with the Director of Strategic Alumni Engagement, the Associate Director of Online Engagement (IS), other Marketing and Communications colleagues, and Development and Alumni Relations staff members to ensure timely updates and on-going maintenance of websites and email communications.


  • Project Management: Implement strategies to engage alumni with the university and each other using web-based tools (primarily email and WordPress), both in-house and third-party applications. Must use marketing analytics to measure ROI and stay abreast of cutting-edge practices on the use of email and web in alumni relations.
  • Technical: Produce high quality Web and email content for a variety of BU Websites and create new Websites as needed. This requires learning new programs such as Photoshop, html 5, Google Analytics, etc. Working with external technical staff, as appropriate.
  • Marketing/Customer Service: Follow policies and guidelines for alumni websites and e-mail marketing to alumni. Work with Alumni Relations partners and BU Marketing and Communication department to manage a marketing plan for online engagement of alumni. Assist with customer support for all products as defined in summary above.
  • Administrative/Planning Assistance: Participate as needed in meetings and discussions with University Information Services staff, Development & Alumni Relations staff (including those in the schools and colleges), Marketing & Communication, and alumni volunteer leaders to plan new services, improve existing services, and evaluate effectiveness of entire program. Provide basic administrative support including managing information about services and keeping records related to usage, alumni surveys, and other indicators.
Required Skills

A cover letter is required for consideration.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One to three years of related experience
  • Previous experience using WordPress is a plus
  • Ability to collaboratively engage with colleagues across the University
  • An awareness of emerging technologies in the digital space
  • Familiarity with email marketing software
  • Experience with analytics is a plus

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, our values, and the defined qualifications, we still want to hear from you and welcome your application.

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

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.

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 Location BOSTON, 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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