ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, MAJOR GIFTS, Development & Alumni Relations
Location: BOSTON, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 0705
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 an Assistant Vice President who will provide strategic leadership for a cohort of fundraisers focused on securing gifts of $100K+ from Boston University alumni and other individuals.
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+).
Assistant Vice President
The AVP is responsible for developing overall strategies to ensure that the team maximizes philanthropic revenue in support of BU's priorities, with an emphasis on the recruitment and retention of effective gift officers, their ongoing training and professional development, and oversight and management to ensure progress against fundraising goals. Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the AVP is a member of the senior development team and a thought leader and partner across the Development organization as a whole. In doing so, the AVP collaborates regularly with other fundraising unit leaders, including those in Planned Giving, Schools & Colleges, and Special Initiatives.
Provide professional leadership for Major Gifts staff of ten or more highly experienced frontline officers. The organization is divided geographically among regional directors. Responsible for the recruitment, training, oversight, evaluation, and management of major gifts staff.
Identify, cultivate, and solicit a select group of Major Gift Prospects.
Work with the DAR leadership team to develop regional campaign strategies, including but not limited to the development and recruiting of regional leadership councils and regional campaign leadership events.
Work with the Vice President, Prospect Management, and other colleagues to ensure a robust l major gift prospect pool, distributed among staff to ensure maximum fundraising opportunity and success. Function as strategist, advisor, and resource coordinator for all major gift officers and regional directors.
Develop an understanding of the educational, research, operational, and financial needs and goals of the University and the relationship of these needs and goals to effective fund-raising.
Coordinate the participation of faculty, administration, trustees, volunteers, and development staff in achieving fundraising objectives for the major gift prospects.
A cover letter is required for consideration.
Bachelor's degree, with an advanced degree preferred.
8+ years of related experience
Strong development credentials with campaign leadership/management experience; including proven track record of building and developing a high-level portfolio
Outstanding and successful experience as a fundraiser, including comprehensive management of major and principal gifts prospects
Successful track record of managing a fundraising team
Effective experience in enlisting and interacting with senior level leadership volunteers and committees
Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills;
Superb judgment and the sensibility to adjudicate wisely among competing priorities;
A disposition to listen and circulate widely;
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;
Energy and stamina, self-confidence and humility, a strong sense of purpose, a tolerance for ambiguity and a sense of humor; and
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 [email protected].
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