Boston University

Director, Annual Giving
Location: Boston, MA

Boston University (BU) seeks a collaborative, creative, and digitally forward Director of Annual Giving (Director) to lead Annual Giving’s omni-channel marketing efforts, using innovative solicitation strategies to expand the institution’s reach to alumni, parents, and friends of the University. BU has charted a stellar ascent in recent years under the leadership of President Robert A. Brown. Now ranked #42 by U.S. News and World Report, the University comprises 17 Schools and Colleges, including highly ranked graduate schools such as the School of Law, School of Management, School of Education, and College of Engineering.

Founded in 1839, BU has always been a hub for innovation. As one of the largest independent nonprofit universities in the country, it was the first university to open all divisions to female students in 1872. BU created one of the first study abroad programs, and, today, one third of the University’s 33,678 students come from countries outside the United States. This diversity is one of the greatest institutional strengths of the University, underpinned by its commitment to empowering students, staff, and faculty to cultivate diverse communities across a large, urban campus and around the world.

Sustaining strong, vibrant alumni networks is among the visionary initiatives President Brown has outlined in the new Strategic Plan for 2030, which will form the foundation for an upcoming multi-billion-dollar fundraising campaign. The five guiding university priorities are: ensuring a vibrant academic experience; diversity, equity, and inclusion; producing research that matters; creating community, big yet small; and fostering global engagement.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enterprising leader in annual giving marketing to join an institution at the outset of a comprehensive fundraising and engagement campaign that will propel ever-more ambitious achievement. In partnership with the Executive Director of Annual Giving and the Director of Leadership Annual Giving Programs, BU’s next Director of Annual Giving will develop and execute a strategy to increase giving by special constituencies including but not limited to leadership annual giving, young alumni, class gift, student philanthropy, and other affinity groups.

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of eight years of experience, a keen understanding of best practices in annual giving, experience managing a team, and a demonstrated record of accomplishment in developing successful fundraising marketing strategies in a complex university. The successful candidate will have hands-on experience managing all facets of a large annual fund with a complex, multi-channeled marketing program, with expertise in innovative digital marketing and data analytics. The next Director should have a collegial, team-building style with a demonstrated ability to cultivate productive, collaborative relationships with colleagues across the University, utilizing the creativity, energy, and political savvy needed to introduce and champion new ideas. In accordance with its core values and mission, BU is especially interested in recruiting members of diverse communities and individuals with a commitment to multiculturalism.

Application Instructions

Boston University has partnered with Talent Citizen to assist in this recruitment. Please contact President Tracy D. Welsh and Senior Associate Rachel K. Partin to share your resume and cover letter via email at:

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the employment application process, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at 617-353-6474 or

The Talent Citizen Search Team

Tracy D. Welsh

President | She/Her
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Rachel K. Partin

Senior Associate | She/Her
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Alicia Paquette

Search Coordinator | She/Her
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