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Boston University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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Tracking Code24500097880503Job 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 BUs 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 its not just about a job, but a career and a community.

Now, our Major Gifts team is looking for a Development Coordinator who will perform a wide variety of professional, administrative and staff support tasks for the members of the Major Gifts team.

Major Gifts at Boston University

The Major Gifts (MG) team is a regionally based team that covers six regions domestically and is not affiliated with any particular school or college. The MG team focuses on the discovery, qualification, solicitation, and close of major gifts ($100K+).

Development Coordinator

The Development Coordinator provides general office support for several Major Gifts Officers, serves as a point of contact for major prospects and donors, helps to organize and execute high level events, prepares communication materials for meetings or presentations, provides data analysis and research support, and coordinates travel and track expenses.


  • Perform data analysis and prospect research using a number of data bases and internet research tools. Ability to run multiple research reports using BBEC system, which produce sensitive and confidential data. Establish and maintain office, filing and computer systems for prospect files and donor giving figures, contact reports, and UIS/Prospect Tracking updates for a number of Major Gift Officers.
  • Provide preliminary prospect and giving research, including general work with Internet browsing tools. Collect and compile files on top prospects and be able to participate in cultivation discussion and strategy sessions. Assist in providing a stewardship support to a number of top prospects.
  • Perform general office support duties, including scheduling meetings, maintaining appointments and calendars, arranging travel, ordering supplies, tracking expenses, compiling Presidential briefing books, assisting with correspondence and outreach, both written and verbal, to prospects, screening and directing phone calls, ad hoc coverage of front desk, and processing university paperwork.
  • Assist with the development, execution and follow up of multiple high level events. This includes direct prospect and donor contact. Also, including invitation design, drafting and editing, assisting with large mailings, occasional support during the event, and follow-up post event.
  • Provide communication support to multiple Major Gift Officers. This includes packet preparation for meetings and presentations, assisting with the creation of summaries of strategic initiatives, assembling screening books and packets of information for high level prospects.
Required Skills


  • Bachelors degree
  • One to three years of relevant experience
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize a large workload.
  • Must be able to handle confidential material responsibly and interact professionally with a wide spectrum of individuals.

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

  • Teamwork, transparency, and mutual respect, because we value every members 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: If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the employment application process, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at 617-353-6474.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, natural or protective hairstyle, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

CURRENT BOSTON UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES Represented by L2324 click here to apply for this position. All other applicants (both internal and external), please use the {Apply} section on this page.

Job LocationBOSTON, 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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