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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

Boston College seeks a Director, International Advancement to provide dynamic, strategic, and collaborative leadership to the University’s international principal and major giving efforts. The Director will have responsibility for increasing gifts at the major gift level and above from Boston College alumni, parents, and friends living outside of the United States, with a particular emphasis on China and Southeast Asia.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Development, Schools and Programs, the Director will collaborate closely with colleagues across Development, especially those who engage with international constituents. Other key partners will include Advancement Communications & Marketing; the Alumni Association; and Leadership, Major, and Principal Giving. An assistant/associate director will report to the Director, with potential expansion of the team over time.

The Director will be expected to develop an annual operating plan articulating the goals and objectives for the coming year which, once approved, will serve as the basis for planning and partnering with University leaders and faculty on their Advancement-related travel abroad.  S/he will be expected to leverage existing engagement vehicles, including the Parents’ Leadership Council and the Global Forum, as well as emerging bodies of leadership—most notably a new Board of Regents—to help deepen the relationship of leading international constituents. S/he will also be expected to connect institutional priorities with the interests of international donor interests, such as BC’s new Institute for Integrated Science and Society.
With an extremely high staff retention rate, annual gifts totaling $129 million, and a strongly relationship-driven approach to team development, BC University Advancement has become a leader among peer institutions across the country. In 2016, the University completed its record breaking Light the World campaign, raising over $1.6 billion. Looking ahead, international giving will be an area of particular growth for Boston College, with several high-level gifts committed, including a $20 million commitment from an international family to support the newly-created Institute for Integrated Science and Society.

Position Details:
Department:  033601 - International Advancement
Position: 15411 - Director, International Advancement


Ideal candidates will have at least 7-8 years of progressive leadership experience in international development operations, a track record of success in the cultivation and stewardship of donors at the six- and seven-figure level, and the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with multiple complex constituencies. Candidates must possess maturity, intellectual athleticism, and humility to partner effectively with the larger Boston College community, and particularly the staff of University Advancement. Most critically, candidates will have a deep appreciation for Boston College’s mission and culture and the ability to create advancement strategies that reflect the broader Jesuit mission and worldview.

A bachelor’s degree and demonstrated success in environments that require strong cross-cultural competencies are required. An advanced degree and/or fluency in Mandarin is preferred.

Talent Citizen executive search firm has been retained to lead this search.  For more information and to apply for this role, please visit


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