ANNUAL GIVING COORDINATOR, Development & Alumni Relations, Annual Giving

Boston University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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ANNUAL GIVING COORDINATOR, Development & Alumni Relations, Annual Giving

Tracking Code2405 Job 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 Annual Giving team is looking for a Coordinator who will perform a wide variety of professional, administrative and staff support tasks for members of the Annual Giving team.

Annual Giving at Boston University

Each year, alumni, students, parents, and friends choose to support everything from softballs to software at BU. These gifts are then deployed to fund research, provide emergency student assistance, pay for travel to academic conferences, and lots more throughout the year.

Annual Giving Coordinator

This role provides general office support, manages gift acknowledgments, serves as a point of contact for donor and prospect inquiries, helps to organize and execute 1839 Society events, prepare communication materials for staff meetings and presentations, and provide some data analysis and research support. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to prioritize the workload. Must be able to handle confidential material responsibly and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals.


  • Provide internal support for the Annual Giving team. Including support for volunteer and donor activities, gift updates, analytic reporting, contact reports, and developing prospect/donor lists
  • Manage University-wide annual giving gift acknowledgements, including special constituencies such as 1839 Society, young alumni, class gift and parents
  • Work closely with the Senior Associate Director, Annual Giving and leadership annual giving officers, providing 1839 Society donor meeting support including prospect travel and events
  • Work closely with the Senior Associate Director, Young Alumni Giving and the Manager, Student Philanthropy (Class Gift) on initiatives and events that drive participation and revenue
  • Manage departmental correspondence, inquiries, calendars, and administrative tasks as needed including the reconciliation of all PCARD charges
  • Manage student worker schedules and payroll delegating tasks as appropriate ramping up during busy times such as the lead up to Giving Day and other digital campaigns
Required Skills

A cover letter is required for consideration.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three to five years of relevant work experience
  • Must be able to handle confidential material responsibly and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals
  • Must be extremely customer service oriented and have exceptional attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and proactively seek guidance and input from multiple project managers to meet deadlines
  • Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with Outlook Calendar program or ability to master scheduling with this software
  • Previous experience working on a database or with constituency relationship management software required

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 as well.

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, Massachusetts, 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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