Boston University LEADERSHIP GIFT OFFICER,LAW School of Law, Development & Alumni Relations in BOSTON, Massachusetts

Tracking Code 8880/F3017 Job Description

JOIN BUs $1.5 BILLION CAMPAIGN TEAM 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.

LEADERSHIP GIFT OFFICER, BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

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.

JOB SCOPE

The Leadership Gift Officer for the Law School (LGO) reports directly to the Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Relations, School of Law, and will manage a portfolio of Leadership Gifts ($100,000+) prospects. S/he will plan and advance a range of fundraising activities, programs and priorities with particular emphasis on identifying and cultivating prospects, developing and executing solicitation strategies, and collaborating with volunteers, faculty and administrators to solicit leadership gifts. The LGO will also oversee various special projects as assigned by the Assistant Dean.

Tasked with identifying, cultivating and directly soliciting prospective donors locally and nationally for leadership gifts to the School of Law of $100,000 and greater as well as leadership annual gifts of $1,000 and greater, with an emphasis on multi-year commitments, the Leadership Gift Officer will conduct 8-10 face-to-face visits per month, and develop a portfolio of 125-150 managed prospects who are capable of making gifts of $50,000 plus. Managing 1-2 reunion committees annually, this role will collaborate with members of the Law development team and central leadership gifts team to identify and recruit committee chairs, members, and devise and achieve fundraising goals.

In addition, the LGO will support both the Dean of LAW and LAW’s Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations in their frontline development efforts by arranging key visits and staffing those prospect meetings where appropriate, as well as perform some independent research to identify new prospects capable of making commitments of $100,000+. The LGO will also integrate University and School of Law Alumni Relations activities as an essential component of the overall development strategy.

QUALIFICATIONS

Three years of experience in a development office, or an academic fundraising unit is preferred, including developing a portfolio of prospects and soliciting gifts. Reunion fundraising and working with volunteers preferred. 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. A capacity to think strategically and creatively is necessary; this involves the ability to inquire about and listen to a prospect's needs, and then to understand and determine how to best develop a successful strategy for engagement.

Candidates must have a bachelors’ degree; a masters is preferred, and a minimum of three years’ fundraising experience. Additionally, advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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Required Skills

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Masters preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in a development office or academic fundraising environment preferred, including developing a portfolio of prospects and soliciting gifts. Reunion fundraising and working with volunteers preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral business communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships in a highly collaborative environment. Must be able to “manage up” working directly with University leaders; engage laterally by building relationships of trust and mutual value added with colleagues across campus; and manage “down” ensuring the support and cooperation of staff both within and outside of Development.
  • Ability to work well on a team; flexibility to take on challenges in mid-stream; ability to delegate when appropriate.
  • Capacity to think strategically and creatively is necessary. This involves the ability to inquire about and listen to a prospect's needs, and then to understand and determine how to best develop a successful strategy for engagement.

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.

Job Location BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular