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Director, Parent Development

Boston College
Job Location:
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Development and Fundraising
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 Director of Parent Development leads Boston College's parent major gift fundraising efforts, oversight of the Parent Leadership Council, 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 & Athletics Advancement, 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 successfully lead and motivate a team of up to four fundraisers & implement revenue goals for the overall parent community. The Director will also manage a portfolio of 30-50 major gift parent prospects and be responsible for individual visits and asks, securing at least $2M annually in philanthropic revenue and will demonstrate a commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive work culture and working with diverse external stakeholders.

Specific responsibilities include the development of strategic events, volunteer leadership opportunities in the Parent Leadership Council (PLC), and communication & marketing plan 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 Director will also manage a thoughtful and strategic discovery process for unmanaged rated parent prospects across the leadership and major giving prospect managers and develop a strategic plan for parent fundraising growth and engagement that aligns with the priorities and goals of Boston College's future campaign. Critical to the success of the Director will be the ability to effectively collaborate with fellow Regional Directors, and other fundraising units including the Office of the Senior Vice President, Athletic Advancement, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Leadership & Annual Giving, Gift Planning, Principal Giving, and School Development.

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $131,200 - $164,000; salary commensurate with relevant experience.


This position requires a proven track record of soliciting and closing six- and seven-figure gifts or closely related and transferable experience. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree or higher and 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

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.

Boston College has retained Deerfield Associates to conduct this search. To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, please send a letter of interest, resume and the contact information for 4 references (who will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to:

Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant
572 Washington Street, Suite 15
Wellesley, MA 02482

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-Sponsored403bRetirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sickand Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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