Director of Development

Staff / Full-Time

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA

Reports to: Chief Advancement Officer

Job Summary: 

The Director of Development reports to the Chief Advancement Officer to advance and support the School’s mission, values, and goals. Working closely with a dynamic advancement team and Head of School, the Director of Development will provide leadership for alumni engagement, annual giving, and parent engagement. This position will lead and work collaboratively with the Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, The BB&N Fund team, and the Family Engagement and Events Coordinator, to identify new strategies to enhance engagement, annual giving, and set program directions.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the strategic direction and operations of the Alumni Office including program, volunteer relations, budget, and staff.

  • Responsible for developing content-driven programs that strengthen and promote new and meaningful connections with BB&N alumni while elevating the visibility of BB&N throughout the alumni community.

  • Responsible for management of the Alumni Council, its subcommittees, and other volunteer groups as needed.

  • Set long-term alumni, parent, grandparent, and past parent engagement goals in the context of the School’s Bright Bold Next comprehensive campaign.

  • Support and collaborate with a range of alumni affinity groups and engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion work with an emphasis on building an inclusive and welcoming community among BB&N’s diverse and global alumni.

  • Work closely with the Associate Director of Alumni Programs to oversee the planning of regional and on-campus alumni events.

  • Collaborate with The BB&N Fund Director to develop and implement strategies to enhance the Annual Giving program.

  • Manage a portfolio of between 60-75 prospects for BB&N Fund and Campaign Leadership gifts.

  • Attend weekly Campaign Operations meetings with the Chief Advancement Officer and campaign counsel.

  • Conduct regular prospect visits relating to discovery, cultivation, and stewardship.

  • Collaborate with and oversee the Associate Director of Alumni Programs, The BB&N Fund Director, the Family Engagement and Events Coordinator, and the Grandparent/Past Parent Coordinator.

  • Organize and direct the hiring of new staff in collaboration with the Chief Advancement Officer.

  • Conduct evaluations for staff reporting directly to this position.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Competencies:

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of  5 years in the development field. A Bachelor’s degree is required and a Master’s degree is preferred.

In addition, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Strong management experience with the ability and interest to work closely with staff members to achieve individual and department goals.

  • Strong background in Annual Giving, including leadership programs, alumni reunion and non-reunion programs, and constituent relations programs.

  • Ability to manage and lead professional and volunteer staff, including recruiting, training, and professional development.

  • Broad understanding of advancement services: research, prospect tracking, stewardship, gift entry, gift acknowledgment, and data entry.

  • Significant exposure to overseeing alumni programming designed to support the comprehensive needs of a broad constituency.

  • Demonstrated ability to personally and effectively identify, cultivate, and secure gifts from annual fund and major gift prospects.

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with all constituents in a school environment, including students, co-workers, parents, alumni, and volunteers.

Salary: $130,000.00 – $150,000.00

Compensation for full-time employees includes a 403(b) plan with up to a 10% match of salary and other competitive benefits offerings. Benefits offered to eligible employees include health & dental insurance; commuter benefits; long-term disability insurance, and more. 

To Apply:

Please visit the Careers at BB&N page to complete your online application. Please upload your Cover Letter, Resume, and Reference List.

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any non-job related physical or mental disability. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity; we encourage candidates of color and all diverse candidates to apply.

Buckingham Browne & Nichols Schools takes the health and safety of its community members very seriously. Because we serve students, we strongly encourage all employees to receive at least one of the Pfizer, or Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccines before commencing employment.

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Cambridge, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
All Gender