Boston University ASSISTANT DEAN, DEVLOPMENT & ALUMNI RELATIONS - College of Arts and Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts

Tracking Code 9166/L1317 Job Description


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.


The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is the academic heart of Boston University and its largest school. Home to more than 6,500 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students, the College offers students a journey of learning and discovery into the humanities and the social, natural, and computational sciences—the fundamental disciplines that underlie contemporary knowledge creation. Advancement for the College of Arts and Sciences is staffed by a team of four, an Assistant Dean, two front-line fundraisers and a staff coordinator.


The Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations will identify, cultivate and solicit prospects to secure gifts for the College of Arts & Sciences. Working with Associate Vice President, Dean, Development and Alumni Relations staff, alumni and volunteers, the Assistant Dean will identify and cultivate prospects, as well as lead the CAS Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) staff. In this role, the Assistant Dean will create, plan, advance and implement a wide range of fund raising activities, strategies, programs and priorities in concert with the development master plan as an integral member of Boston University’s $1.5 billion comprehensive Capital Campaign.

Playing a primary role in managing/tracking specific fundraising initiatives as agreed by the Dean and Associate Vice President in accordance with the University’s and the School’s strategic plan, the Assistant Dean actively maintains a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects, and cultivates and solicits them on behalf of Arts and Sciences. This role also monitors Leadership Gift Officer (LGO) and Sr. LGO activity on behalf of CAS and assists with linkage to faculty and staff as needed to advance prospect activity.

The Assistant Dean also must serve as the Arts and Sciences information resource for Development and Alumni Relations. This includes assisting the development communications office and fundraisers in crafting proposals for major/principal gift solicitations and in preparing other fund-raising materials for Arts and Sciences’ departments and programs. This position must also provide communication about specific departments and programs as well as overarching College-wide initiatives.

This role also will supervise the CAS DAR office staff; including a Sr. LGO, an LGO, and a Development Coordinator. The Assistant Dean will also fulfill administrative duties as required by DAR, CAS, and BU-wide operating procedures. This includes creating vision and priorities for the office, leading by example and setting a standard of best practice for others to follow. This role also will serve as a member of the CAS senior leadership team representing DAR in faculty meetings, as a member of the Associate Vice President of School Development’s staff, and other assignments as deemed critical to the fundraising/alumni relations agenda by the Dean and the Associate Vice President.

Required Skills


The Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University will be an experienced and talented major and principal gift fund raiser with a successful track record of board management and engagement with prospects and donors at the six, seven- and even eight-figure levels. He or she will have the particular ability to develop and to execute strategy at both the departmental and prospect level and will be a proven planner and executor of those plans. A commitment to and understanding of the educational mission of the College is a must.

A minimum of eight years of direct fund-raising experience with a proven track record of soliciting and closing gifts of $100,000 or more is required. Additionally critical is leadership experience in an institution of considerable organizational complexity typified by matrix relationships of power and influence. Leadership experience in a campaign setting is required, and experience in the design of such an effort is a distinct preference.

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

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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