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, College of Communication
Established in 1947, the College of Communication (COM) at Boston University is a large college with departments specializing in Journalism, Film & Television, and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. COM’s student population exceeds 2,000 annually, including undergraduates, graduate and PhD’s. The College integrates a strong liberal arts core with a heavy focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals. Our faculty is a blend of traditional academics and widely experienced professionals. Located in the “hub of education” and a major media market, Boston University’s College of Communication offers students, faculty and staff wealth of opportunities for collaborative efforts in academic and professional spheres.
The Leadership Gift Officer (LGO) at the College of Communication will manage a portfolio of Leadership Gift ($100,000) prospects consisting of alumni, parents and friends. The LGO will be primarily responsible for identifying and cultivating prospective donors, as well as developing solicitation and stewardship strategies. In order to be effective in this role, the LGO must also coordinate and manage relationships with College of Communication faculty and staff, peers on the central University Leadership Gift team, senior administrators, alumni and volunteers when necessary.
Responsibilities of the Role
Work closely with central University Development (DAR) colleagues to solicit leadership gifts at the $100,000+ level
Engage in 120+ face-to-face prospect visits (averaging 10/month)
Travel regularly as assigned to regions and other markets as necessary to qualify and cultivate key alumni, parents and friends of COM
Solicit 10 prospects for $100,000+ gifts per year in collaboration with the College of Communication DAR team and other University partners
Conduct independent prospect research through both internal data bases and external methods including but not limited to LinkedIn, Google, and other publications
In conjunction with the College of Communication DAR team, as well as central University DAR, create and execute thoughtful cultivation and stewardship plans for prospects within your portfolio and others in the central LGO team
Provide appropriate education, coaching, training and briefing materials regarding the College of Communication to our central University Development colleagues
Plan and staff travel and other meetings as necessary with COM Dean and other key faculty and staff members
A minimum of three years of direct fundraising experience with a proven track record of soliciting and closing gifts
Experience in a large and complex organization that requires navigating a matrix of intricate relationships of power, cross-reporting structures, and the need to manage both up and down
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships both internally and externally
Ability to think strategically, creatively and sometimes out of the box to benefit the College of Communication team and its prospect pipeline
Capable of meeting goals set by others, as well as setting goals for himself/herself with minimal oversight
Ability to think through, create and prioritize timelines, projects and visits
Strong organizational and planning skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively and think strategically
Candidates must have a bachelors’ degree; a masters is preferred, and three to five years’ fundraising experience. Additionally, advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Play a leading role in BU’s $1.5 Billion campaign, and join us today. Apply online at http://www.bu.edu/dar-talent/jobs/.
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.
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