Boston University

Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Relations, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Location: Boston, MA

Boston University’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (BU CAS) seeks an intellectually curious, strategic, and inclusive Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Relations (Assistant Dean) to lead fundraising and alumni engagement activities that will elevate advancement capabilities at a time of visionary ambition and transformational achievement. The next Assistant Dean at CAS will build upon a strong foundation, engaging all members of the CAS community in development efforts in ways that reflect the collaborative and enterprising culture that exists across Boston University.

Established in 1873, CAS is the heart of BU. Graduates are prepared to create and adapt, to be thoughtful leaders, thinkers, and doers, able to envision a better future and poised to make it happen, using their liberal arts and sciences educations. That mission underpins the strategy for the future of Arts & Sciences at BU, outlined in the new strategic plan, which is grounded by the goal of utilizing this broad education to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The strategic plan provides ripe ground for the Development and Alumni Relations team to be innovative and opportunistic in identifying prospects, implementing strategies, and cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts as the University enters an ambitious multi-billion-dollar comprehensive fundraising campaign. With more than 100,000 alumni, CAS is the largest College within Boston University. Its size is a defining asset: CAS is a large college, within an even larger university. How the community works together, makes connections, builds neighborhoods, and collaborates with each other is interwoven throughout every priority and initiative.

In partnership with CAS Dean Stan Sclaroff and Assistant Vice President for School Development Lara Brown de Fuenmayor, the Assistant Dean will be chiefly responsible for systematically engaging and soliciting a larger group of individual prospects who have potential to make significant philanthropic contributions to the College. Serving as a member of the Dean’s leadership team, the Assistant Dean will mentor and provide strategic guidance to three staff members.

The successful candidate will be an inspiring leader and an effective advocate with all constituents. The Assistant Dean will work closely with other school- and centrally based colleagues to execute a comprehensive fundraising and engagement strategy for the College. The Assistant Dean will maintain the strong partnership between CAS and centrally based staff, encouraging a culture of collaboration and cooperation.

The successful candidate will have at least twelve years of directly applicable experience, including management of a comprehensive development program within a complex academic setting. The Assistant Dean will possess a collaborative and collegial style, strong work ethic, and enthusiasm for the mission and goals of CAS and the broader University. A bachelor’s degree is required. 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

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site.

The Talent Citizen Search Team

Tracy D. Welsh

President | She/Her
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Rachel K. Partin

Managing Associate | She/Her
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Alicia Paquette

Search Coordinator | She/Her
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