Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Development - General, Major Gifts
Boston University (BU) an international, comprehensive, private research university, is seeking a dynamic and experienced vice president for development to manage a thriving development team. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations (DAR), Karen Ann Engelbourg, the vice president will partner with an engaged and passionate leadership team and an experienced and dedicated staff in building upon an outstanding record of success. This success has transpired during BU's first-ever comprehensive campaign, Choose to Be Great, which will culminate in September 2019, raising $1.85 billion, 85% above our initial campaign goal of $1 billion.
The vice president will be an experienced development professional with a successful track record as a major and principal gift fund raiser. The successful candidate will have the particular ability to develop and execute strategy at both the departmental- and prospect-level and will be a proven planner and executor of those plans, especially while in a comprehensive campaign. Critical is leadership experience in an institution of considerable organizational complexity typified by matrix relationships of power and influence. The vice president will have an understanding of school-based development and had previous experience working closely with deans or department chairs. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred. A minimum of 10 years of direct fundraising and engagement experience is required, with a strong preference for leadership experience at a higher education institution in a comprehensive campaign.
Boston University will rely on its relatively unique, but well-tested, centralized organizational structure and planning process to further develop and support our ongoing fundraising efforts and set the stage for a second comprehensive campaign. As are all our core functions, development and alumni relations operations are centrally budgeted. Almost 90% of the development and alumni staff are directly funded through the DAR budget. The university’s priorities are set in a comprehensive strategic planning process led by our university provost and chief academic officer, to whom all academic deans (except those on the Medical Campus) report directly. A new strategic plan, reflecting the university’s extraordinary progress during the past decade, is being developed and will articulate new priorities and inform the university’s development efforts in the next decade. This plan will be ready in early 2020. Additional information, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.
Inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent electronically via e-mail to Mercedes Chacón Vance and Sarah Miller at BUVPDev@wittkieffer.com.
Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks to recruit candidates of diverse backgrounds.