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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 data, running reports, and producing and updating materials for internal and external meetings, 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. 

The Development Assistant, Principal Giving, reports to the Vice President of Principal Giving and will 
support a wide range of both new and established activities and programs that establish qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individuals whose philanthropy will have the most significant impact on the university.   The Development Assistant interacts on a daily basis with the highest level external and internal constituents of University Advancement, including the President’s Office, the Board of Trustees and principal donors to provide seamless, high-end customer service

Position Details:
Department:  Principal Giving
Position: 00015430 Development Assistant

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $39,500 to $49,400; salary commensurate with relevant experience.


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; experience with databases and an ability to conduct data analysis; working knowledge of Windows PC, including Microsoft Word, Excel and FileMaker Pro; exceptional proofreading; strong attention to detail; a commitment to accuracy; very adept at handling multiple tasks and working well within deadlines; good judgment, discretion in handling confidential materials, ability to work independently without close supervision; flexibility to work beyond the regular hours of the workday when necessary; 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 and have an appreciation for Jesuit Catholic education and the goals and values of Boston College. 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