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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 Development Assistant works alongside fundraisers, university colleagues and external constituents to develop, support and maintain programs and activities consistent with securing philanthropic support for the university.  Primary responsibilities include: preparing materials for fundraiser prospect visits, making travel arrangements, completing transmittal forms for pledges and gifts received > $10,000, filing visit reports in Millennium, drafting gift acknowledgments, and requesting research and pulling additional donor or prospect information from various systems.  Done well, these tasks assist fundraisers in identifying the most desirable prospects and donors to identify and schedule for local visits and regional trips and assists with the tracking of results.  Development assistants also support the work associated with external constituents’ visits to campus, meetings and special events, often interfacing with the Programs and Events team, to maximize event effectiveness within budgetary guidelines.  Given the extensive independent contact with external constituents including alumni and parent volunteers, donors, and university officials, this position requires strong interpersonal and organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy; excellent oral and written communications skills; and complete discretion regarding the handling and storing of confidential data.

Positions in Major Giving support up to four major giving officers.  Fundraising work in this unit is focused on managing the qualification, solicitation and stewarding of individual giving from alumni, parents and friends for gifts between $250,000 and $4,999,000.

Position Details:
Department: 033201 - Major Giving
Position: 00011866 - Development Assistant, Major Giving
Hiring Range: $39,500 - $49,400


This position requires 2-3 years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in a professional setting; strong interpersonal and organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy; excellent oral and written communications skills including effective phone communication skills; accurate typing skills;  a working knowledge of Windows PC, including Microsoft Word, Excel and FileMaker Pro; exceptional proofreading; strong attention to detail; a commitment to accuracy; and very adept at handling multiple tasks and working well within deadlines.  Also requires good judgment, discretion in handling confidential materials, ability to work independently without close supervision, and flexibility to work beyond the regular hours of the workday when necessary.  Candidate must possess solid knowledge of grammar and punctuation.

Requires a high school diploma, bachelor’s degree preferred.  Candidates should be highly motivated to work in a fast paced environment that will require some night and evening work.  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.  A desire to build a career in advancement is a plus.

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