Boston College

Director of International Advancement

Chestnut Hill, MA

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Executive Summary

Boston College seeks a Director, International Advancement (Director) to provide dynamic, strategic, and collaborative leadership to the University’s international principal and major giving efforts. The Director will have responsibility for increasing gifts at the major gift level and above from Boston College alumni, parents, and friends living outside of the United States, with a particular emphasis on China and Southeast Asia.

Boston College is one of the nation’s premier private universities, ranked 31st nationally by US News and World Report. The University has grown to 14,200 total students (9,300 undergraduate and 4,900 graduate) and 800 faculty engaged from over 90 countries across 5 campuses; and has an alumni base of 180,000.

Guided by the Jesuit tenets of a rigorous approach to learning and character formation that esteems a meaningful life oriented toward the common good, the University provides a student experience that supports interdisciplinary study and expanded opportunities for integrative work across STEM, law, management, education, nursing, and social work. This integrative approach helps faculty and students address complex societal problems from the local level to those that are global in scale.

Over the past two decades, the University’s international reach has grown significantly. International student enrollment continues to expand, and in 2016, BC was home to 2100 international students (undergraduate, graduate, and exchange), faculty, research scholars, and their dependents from close to 100 countries. BC graduates continue to have a significant impact on the world, and the University’s leadership, faculty, and students engage partners in integrative global initiatives around energy, environment and public health.

The University’s international community represents one of the top growth areas for development; and as BC prepares to invest in priorities that will emerge from its current strategic planning process, cultivation of international donor and volunteer networks will become even more vital.

While Boston College is a global university with constituents throughout the world, the preponderance of those with significant philanthropic capacity are clustered in Asia, many the parents of current students. This region will therefore be the primary focus for the Director, who will travel there often.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Schools and Programs, the Director will collaborate closely with colleagues across Development, especially those who engage with international constituents. Other key partners will include Advancement Communications & Marketing; the Alumni Association; and Leadership, Major, and Principal Giving. An assistant/associate director will report to the Director, with potential expansion of the team over time.

The Director will be expected to develop an annual operating plan articulating the goals and objectives for the coming year which, once approved, will serve as the basis for planning and partnering with University leaders and faculty on their Advancement-related travel abroad. S/he will be expected to leverage existing engagement vehicles, including the Parents’ Leadership Council and the Global Forum, as well as emerging bodies of leadership—most notably a new Board of Regents—to help deepen the relationship of leading international constituents. S/he will also be expected to connect institutional priorities with the interests of international donor interests, such as BC’s new Institute for Integrated Science and Society.

With an extremely high staff retention rate, annual gifts totaling $129 million, and a strongly relationship-driven approach to team development, BC University Advancement has become a leader among peer institutions across the country. In 2016, the University completed its record breaking Light the World campaign, raising over $1.6 billion. Looking ahead, international giving will be an area of particular growth for Boston College, with several high-level gifts committed, including a $20 million commitment from an international family to support the newly-created Institute for Integrated Science and Society.

Ideal candidates will have at least 7-8 years of progressive leadership experience in international development operations, a track record of success in the cultivation and stewardship of donors at the six- and seven-figure level, and the ability to work collaboratively and strategically with multiple complex constituencies. Candidates must possess maturity, intellectual athleticism, and humility to partner effectively with the larger Boston College community, and particularly the staff of University Advancement. Most critically, 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 and/or fluency in Mandarin is preferred.
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