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.
ASSISTANT DEAN, DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS, FREDERICK S. PARDEE SCHOOL OF GLOBAL STUDIES
The Pardee School at Boston University, under the leadership of Dean Adil Najam, is BU’s newest school and brings together a number of programs and centers that have long established histories of outstanding teaching, research, and policy outreach in interdisciplinary international studies.
In September 2014 we opened our doors to the nearly 1000 students in our six graduate degree programs, two graduate certificates, five undergraduate majors and eight undergraduate minors. With a core faculty of 32 and nearly 200 affiliated faculty in our area study and thematic centers and programs, the Pardee School was already buzzing with activity and thriving with dynamism even on its very first day. We seek a dynamic fundraising leader to partner with the Dean to advance the ambitious global mission of the school.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for School Development (AVP) and working closely with the Dean, the Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies is chiefly responsible for building a comprehensive fundraising program to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects to secure leadership and principal gifts. Partnering with the Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) staff, and volunteers, the Assistant Dean will create, plan, advance and implement a wide range of fund raising activities, strategies, programs and priorities in concert with the Campaign for Boston University in support of the Pardee School’s Strategic Plan, including building and managing a Dean’s Advisory Board.
The Assistant Dean will actively maintain a portfolio of leadership and principal gift prospects and cultivate, solicit and steward them on behalf of the Pardee School of Global Studies, as well as craft proposals for leadership/principal gift solicitations and prepare other fund-raising materials for the Pardee School. This position will actively direct all facets of Pardee School’s comprehensive Campaign.
Playing a primary role in managing and 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 will serve as the Pardee School’s information resource for Development and Alumni Relations. Providing communication about specific centers and programs as well as overarching School-wide initiatives, the Assistant Dean will coordinate with the Regional Leadership Gift Officers and the Corporate Relations & Foundation Relations Offices in their development activities on behalf of the Pardee School and assist with linkage to the School’s faculty and staff as needed to advance prospect activity.
The Assistant Dean will serve as a member of the Pardee School’s senior leadership team representing DAR in certain Pardee School faculty meetings and via other assignments as deemed critical to the fundraising and alumni relations agenda as set by the Dean and the AVP, as well as serve as a key external spokesperson for the School. The Assistant Dean must also manage the budget and fulfill administrative duties as required by DAR, Pardee and BU wide operating procedures.
The Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for the Pardee School of Global Studies 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 global mission of the school is crucial.
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. The ideal candidate will have experience with an organization with active public engagement on international and global affairs.
Candidates must have a bachelors’ degree; a masters is preferred, and more than eight years’ fundraising experience. Additionally, advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
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.