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Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

The Assistant/Associate Director, Regional Engagement will seek to actively engage Boston College Law School’s 13,000+ alumni, parents and friends in the life of the school and to raise financial resources to support the Law School’s mission by broadening and deepening the law school’s connections with members of the community across the country.

Reporting to the Law School’s Director Annual Giving & Alumni Relations, the Assistant/Associate Director is responsible for the management and execution of the BC Law School regional alumni engagement strategy.  S/he actively contributes to team-based strategic discussions and creative brainstorming about the overall advancement plan, including donor engagement, alumni outreach, and strategic involvement of the Dean in development and alumni relations.  The goal for this position is to build a pipeline of donors and volunteers through events and other engagement initiatives.

Responsibilities include:
1. Create a data-driven regional strategy for engaging Law School alumni
2. Recruit/retain and train Alumni Chapter Leaders who are the Law School’s primary alumni regional volunteers.
3. Working with Alumni Chapters Leaders and other volunteer leaders as assigned, plan and execute events around the country that are focused on increasing number of donors and volunteers in key regions.  Duties include securing venues, managing budgets and timelines, preparing menus, confirming speakers, and managing invitation and registration processes in collaboration with University Advancement partners and in alignment with best practices followed across UA.
4. Develop collateral materials necessary to foster continued volunteer interaction and participation.
5. Manage all post-event communications and, in collaboration with the Law School’s Annual Giving team, the solicitations.
6. Establish metrics to track success, notably the impact of events and programs as well as return on investment (cost vs. attendee giving).  Create strategies for year (over) to year improvement.
7. Leverage travel and events to secure meetings with alumni to solicit gifts in the $2,500-$10,000 range.  Also utilize email and phone communications for solicitations.
8. Partner with alumni volunteers, and campus-based groups to enhance existing volunteer programs (beyond events, such as career talks by notable alumni) and to develop new, compelling opportunities that deepen alumni connections to the Law School.
9. Perform other duties as assigned.

As a primary point of contact with alumni, the Assistant/Associate Director must be able to represent BC Law School in a professional, enthusiastic manner with a customer service and team focus.  Public speaking ability is a key success factor for this position.  Expected to travel 40%-50% of the work week, including local/day trip travel.  Night and weekend work is required for this position.

Position Details:
Department:  0032001  BC Law School
Position: 00015102 –  Assistant/Associate Director, Regional Engagement

 



Requirements

Requires a Bachelor’s degree.  The Assistant Director level requires a minimum of one to three years of professional level alumni relations experience or a combination of alumni relations and directly related professional level experience such as event planning, development or volunteer management.  The Associate Director requires a minimum of three to five years of professional level experience working in alumni relations programs, preferably at an institution of higher education.  All job levels require an ability to provide the detailed planning and budget management necessary to ensure that events and programs are run in a fiscally responsible manner, cost-effective and break-even; an ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines; excellent interpersonal, oral and written skills including public speaking when necessary; an ability to work well with volunteers in a fast-paced environment.  Extensive domestic travel, evening and weekend work, as well as a flexible schedule are required.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Experience with a sophisticated alumni or constituency database software is strongly preferred.  Must be a team player who is highly motivated and dedicated to the goals of advancing higher education.  An appreciation for Jesuit Catholic education and the goals and values of Boston College is critical.

Prior fundraising experience as well as proven track record in soliciting and closing gifts is preferred.



Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at http://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity.
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