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Boston College Development Assistant in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College Introduction

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.

Job Description

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:

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.

Schools & Programs: Positions in this unit are the primary conduit between the Advancement Division and the deans, and serve as content experts for a portfolio of schools and programs that comprise BC’s most prominent areas of research, teaching and service.

Corporate & Foundation Relations: Fundraising work in this unit is focused on supporting academic units across the university through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities of foundations and corporations for funding of $50,000-$1,000,000+. Positions in the CFR unit provide support for 2-3 CFR officers. Additional responsibilities include assisting with the preparation of proposals and reports, collaborating with the Office for Sponsored Programs, and researching corporate and foundation funders.

Leadership Giving: Fundraising work in this unit is focused on the identification, solicitation and stewarding of individual giving from alumni, parents and friends for gifts of $10,000 or more and multi-year commitments of $50,000 or more. The Development Assistant reports to the Director of Annual & Leadership Giving and supports leadership 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.

Closing Statement

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

  • Paid Holidays Annually

  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay

  • Additional benefits can be found on

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 .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at .