Boston University

Director of Development, Questrom School of Business
Location: Boston, MA

Boston University Questrom School of Business (Questrom) seeks an entrepreneurial, energetic, and collaborative Director of Development (Director) to lead a team of fundraising and stewardship professionals in planning and implementing long- and short-term fundraising and engagement strategies that will elevate the advancement capabilities at Questrom as it seeks to actualize a strategic plan and moves toward the School’s and BU’s next comprehensive campaign. Questrom has always been defined by values-driven innovation, evolution, and impact, accelerated in recent years by the leadership of Dean Susan Fournier. Now ranked #15 in undergraduate business programs by Poets & Quants, Questrom’s highly ranked full-time and innovative online MBA programs serve a diverse population, including 27 percent first-generation students.

Since its founding in 1913, Questrom has been forward thinking and values driven. Founding dean Everett W. Lord believed management education should support democracy and human welfare, not just profits. That mission carries forward today and underpins the strategy for the future of Questrom, outlined in the new strategic plan built on the fundamental beliefs that the success of Questrom’s students is a collective responsibility and that business plays a critical role in society as a force for innovation and good. The new 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.

In partnership with Questrom’s Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations David Frew, the Director of Development will provide strategic focus and mentorship for a team of fundraisers charged with securing commitments of $100,000 and above, with the goal of maximizing philanthropy in support of strategic priorities and core activities for Questrom School of Business. Leading by example, the Director will personally manage a portfolio of major gift prospects. The Director will elevate the fundraising capabilities of a team of four professional and administrative staff members and serve as a close partner to the Assistant Dean in helping to identify and set advancement priorities, design compelling cases for support, and facilitate regular lines of communications across DAR and the University to advance the School’s overall advancement efforts.

This is an exciting opportunity for an accomplished development professional to strengthen Questrom’s advancement program and enhance the connective tissue between the Questrom community of student and alumni, industry partners, and the University more broadly. The successful candidate will be an inspiring leader and an effective advocate with all constituents. The Director will maintain the strong partnership between Questrom and centrally based staff, encouraging a culture of collaboration and cooperation.

The ideal candidate will have at least 12 years of directly applicable experience, including a minimum of eight years of fundraising leadership within a complex academic setting. The Director will possess a collaborative and collegial style, strong work ethic, and enthusiasm for the mission and goals of the Questrom School of Business 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:

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The Talent Citizen Search Team

Tracy D. Welsh

President | She/Her
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