Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.
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, filing visit reports in Blackbaud, 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.
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.
Development Assistant positions are currently available in the following units:
Annual Giving: This unit is responsible for securing current-use dollars to Boston College by collaborating with frontline fundraisers from all annual, leadership, major and principal giving units, through leadership volunteer activity and annual donor recognition. The Development Assistant reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Annual and Leadership Giving.
Gift Planning: This team focuses on securing planned gifts to Boston College, often through bequests and beneficiary designation, which enables individuals to meet their financial and philanthropic goals while also strengthening the BC experience for the next generation of Eagles. The Development Assistant reports to the Director of Gift Planning and also assists the Director with the preparation and implementation of Gift Planning marketing and communications and events.
Major Giving: 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. The Development Assistant reports to the Regional Director, Major Giving and supports up to four major giving officers.
Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $41,100 to $51,400; 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; a working knowledge of Windows PC, including Microsoft Office, and familiarity with Customer Relationship Management databases; 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 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.
The office of University Advancement supports the mission of Boston College by promoting a culture of inclusion that values each individual. Our recruiting practices support that commitment to build diverse teams reflecting our community; students, alumni, parents and friends of Boston College.
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Boston College conducts background checks including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination 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 https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity .
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.