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Boston University MAJOR GIFT OFFICER, Development & Alumni Relations in BOSTON, Massachusetts

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 a job, but a career and a community.

Now, our Major Gifts team is looking for a Major Gift Officer who will plan and advance a wide range of fund-raising activities, programs and priorities for university alumni.

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+).

Major Gift Officer

This position works closely with the AVP of Major Gifts, Senior Director of Major Gifts, and Colleges and Schools on varied fundraising initiatives including pursuing major gifts for endowed chairs and scholarships; identifying and cultivating prospects; developing solicitation strategies and coordinating the involvement of other administrators, faculty, alumni and volunteers. Additionally, the Major Gift Officer will oversee various special projects as assigned by the AVP of Major Gifts and Senior Director of Major Gifts.

Responsibilities:

  • Prospect qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and close of leadership gifts at the $100,000+ level. Travel to region for in person meetings to achieve goal of 120+ meetings per year. Coordinate and orchestrate prospect strategies with the appropriate deans and school-based development officers and work in tandem to assure the highest and best use of time, budget, and personnel. Work with supervisors to devise specific strategies and timetables for the successful solicitation of individuals, including the use of planned giving vehicles: gift annuities, trusts, and bequests.

  • Coordinate with Stewardship to keep donors up to date on their gifts and impact; happenings at the University in their areas of interest; and major changes within the University as a whole. Inform schools and departments while moving prospects through major gift lifecycle.

  • Integrate Alumni Relations and University event activities as a component of the overall development strategy.

  • Establish long-range goals and objectives for development programs and activities in the assigned region that reflect academic priorities for private support. Prepare operating plan designed to facilitate achievement of these goals and objectives as a component of the University-wide major gifts plan.

  • Establish and maintain an effective, high-level volunteer structure designed to provide counsel, to identify prospects, and to assist with specific solicitations and other programmatic initiatives as necessary.

Required Skills

A cover letter is required for consideration.

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Three to five years of related work experience

  • Outstanding and successful experience as a fundraiser

  • Strong development credentials; including proven track record of building and developing a donor portfolio

  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills

  • Superb judgment and the sensibility to adjudicate wisely among competing priorities

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills

  • Exceptional reasoning, problem-solving and analytical skills, including an ability to translate ideas and concepts into clear, actionable steps

  • Superb organizational skills and the ability to multi-task

  • Ability to work independently as well collaboratively with team members

  • Extensive travel, nights and weekends 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.

    To learn more about Development & Alumni Relations at Boston University, and other job opportunities, please stop by the DAR Talent website: https://www.bu.edu/dar-talent/.

    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 or druckman@bu.edu.

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