The Director of Parent Development leads Boston College’s parent major gift fundraising efforts and is responsible for one of the nation’s most successful and ambitious parent philanthropy programs in higher education. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Major Giving, the Director shapes and implements programmatic and engagement strategies for parents with identified capacity from $250,000 to $4,900,000, while closely partnering with the Principal Gift team to develop comprehensive strategies for our most highly-rated parents. The Director will also manage two fundraising professionals as well as a portfolio of 30-40 parent prospects. Ambitious growth in the number and pace of commitments at the $250,000 and higher levels and of five-figure and higher annual giving are key measures of success for this role.
Specific responsibilities include the development of events, volunteer opportunities, and communications to maximize engagement and philanthropy of BC’s parent community, both on-campus and regionally across the US; management of the full pool of prospective parent donors with major gift potential; oversight of individual solicitation strategies, ensuring that philanthropic conversations are moving through the donor engagement process at pace and tracking the parent giving pipeline; management of parent prospect strategy review meetings to ensure effective utilization of University leadership and key volunteers; and management and professional development of team members. The ability to collaborate with other fundraising units will be critical to the success of the Director, including the Office of the Senior Vice President, Athletic Development, Corporate and Foundation Relationship, Gift Planning, Principal Giving and School Development.
This position requires a proven track record of soliciting and closing six- and seven-figure gifts. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or higher and a minimum of seven to ten years of professional experience as a performance-driven gift officer within higher education or another nonprofit organization.
Experience mentoring high-performing team members; developing successful programs; and superior oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills - with specific application to compelling development communications - are required. 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.