Director of Institutional Advancement

Director of Institutional Advancement Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Director of Institutional Advancement to join our team.


  • Manage the school’s development, admissions, communications, and marketing budgets;
  • Oversee all communal, friendraising, and fundraising school events;
  • Oversee and expand the school’s grant writing program;
  • Serve as an outward facing liaison with the school community while embodying the school’s mission and values;
  • Work with school staff and volunteers to run an annual campaign and Gala;
  • Work with the Head of School and Board of Directors to implement and revise, as necessary, its ten year strategic financial plan;
  • Facilitate relationship development between the Head of School and major donors;
  • Oversee and grow participation in Pennsylvania’s state educational tax credit program (EITC);
  • Create and guide both alumni and parent associations;
  • Work closely with the Board’s Development Committee to plan meetings, set agendas, divvy out tasks, and follow up where necessary;
  • Oversee branding, media relations, public relations, marketing, and crisis communications;
  • Oversee the school’s communication program, including all internal and external, online, social media, and print communications;
  • Ensure excellence and consistency in branding, messaging, and print and electronic collateral;
  • Serve as liaison to the BUA Head of School’s Advisory Board;
  • Serve on the Leadership and Administrative Team in the leadership of BUA.


  • Ability to manage competing demands, and adapt to frequent or unexpected changes;
  • Effective administrative experience and the proven ability to motivate others;
  • Personable, positive, helpful personality; customer service mindset;
  • Vision, creativity, flexibility, and the capacity to execute the school’s strategic plan;
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and as a team leader;
  • Experience with annual giving, capital campaigns, principal and major gift solicitation, planned giving, and special events;
  • Experience crafting long-range strategies and development plans;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and mindset;
  • Ability and interest in utilizing tremendous resources offered by the Boston University Development and Alumni Relations office;
  • Embrace a metrics-based approach to fundraising;
  • Seven years of development experience, preferably with an independent school and/or in higher education;
  • Ability and interest in leveraging technology to accomplish department goals;
  • Strong familiarity with best practices in development;
  • A firm understanding of organizing and soliciting for annual support.