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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 Associate Vice President for Principal Giving is responsible for developing organizational and individual prospect strategies that will lead to philanthropic investments of $5M or more in Boston College and its priorities.  Reporting to the Vice President for Development, s/he will lead a team that includes two senior frontline fundraising professionals, a stewardship officer, and writer.  The Associate Vice President will work closely with the Vice President for Development, the Senior Vice President for University Advancement, and the President, serving as the primary driver for internal processes and external moves that will ensure a consistent and deliberate focus on those individuals whose philanthropy will have the most significant impact on the University.

Internal processes for which the Associate Vice President will be responsible include the convening of strategy meetings for prospects rated $5M or more with prospect managers and other staff integral to the advancement of these relationships; the assigning of newly discovered prospects rated $5M or more to prospect managers; and the establishment of stewardship priorities for existing and prospective principal gift donors.  The Associate Vice President will also manage a portfolio of up to 25 principal giving prospects.

Success will be measured by the movement of the collective pool of principal giving prospective donors through the qualification, cultivation, and solicitation stages and the outcomes of those solicitations; the Associate Vice President’s individual fundraising performance; as well as effective collaboration with Development and University colleagues.

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $176,300 to $220,400; salary commensurate with relevant experience.


The successful candidate will have extensive experience in the successful solicitation of seven and eight-figure gifts.  S/he will have a history of working effectively and collaboratively with colleagues at all levels of the Development organization and in serving as a trusted advisor to academic, administrative, and volunteer leaders within a complex higher education environment.

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