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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

Looking ahead, multidisciplinary teaching and research will be an area of focus for Boston College, with several high-level gifts committed.  Operating as an integral member of the Office of University Advancement and key philanthropic agent for the assigned academic areas, the Director will further partner with the ED to understand the University’s philanthropic priorities, fully contribute to and benefit from the achievements of the department and the University as a whole, and jointly execute ambitious fundraising strategies for these areas. The Director will develop a small portfolio of prospects and key stewardship relationships and will direct the efforts of a Development Assistant as well as collaborate closely with other gift officers and administrators in University Advancement to cultivate and steward those at other abilities of giving. 

The Director of Development for the Lynch School of Education, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, and School of Theology & Ministry will drive fundraising and direct all aspects of development for the Schools and Programs area and other fundraising priorities as assigned. Reporting into the Executive Director of Schools and Programs, the Director will promote coordinated and focused action for the development activities with the aim of advancing the School’s  and Program’s priorities; the Deans’ and Academic Leaders’ vision; and increasing support and awareness for the School’s and Area’s  innovative programs, faculty and student achievements, research and interdisciplinary initiatives. 

Position Details:
Department: 033511 - School Development
Position: 00012155 - Director of Development, Lynch School of Education, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies and School of Theology & Ministry

Title and salary commensurate with relevant experience based on the following titles and hiring ranges:  $110,350 - $137,950


Successful candidates will have at least 7-10 years of progressively responsible development experience, including partnering with academic deans, faculty, academic leaders and university officials to cultivate and close major and principal gifts. Experience with developing and executing program and curriculum for strategic engagement boards, councils, and small and large cultivation dinner and events. A proven track record of individual success in the cultivation and stewardship of donors at the six- and seven-figure and the maturity to partner with high profile faculty experts and prominent business leaders is highly desired. A sophisticated understanding of the full spectrum of fund development, including major and principal gifts, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, annual and special gifts, special events, and donor relations will be critical for success - as is the strategic ability to devise focused and systematic fundraising plans that take into consideration donor interests, and an entrepreneurial mindset that is willing to explore new pathways. 

Exceptional judgment, strong managerial and motivational skills are required, as well as the compassion, clarity, and communication skills necessary to articulate clear philanthropic goals and inspire others to action. A strong intellectual curiosity, ability to translate academic content to donors, which requires strong verbal and written communication skills. 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 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

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits including depending on your job classification eligibility;

Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, and Dental Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance 
Eligibility for both 401K and University Funded 403B Retirement Plans
Paid Holidays Annually
Generous Sick, and Vacation Pay
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