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Associate Director, Stewardship and Advancement Services

Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Associate Director is responsible for planning, developing, and managing a suite of donor recognition and stewardship programs for Boston Architectural College benefactors. This position is vital to the College's institutional advancement program and will serve a key role in retaining and engaging our existing and growing donor base.

The Associate Director will also be responsible for building out a robust advancement services program including gift processing, database management, constituency research, and financial reporting. The Associate Director will create and interpret data, oversee consistent reporting and analysis of fundraising progress, and manage the progress against goals as set by the Vice President. In partnership with finance, the Associate Director will work to ensure appropriate gift processing and financial reporting through regular collaborative reconciliation exercises between teams.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will temporarily be performed remotely.

About the BAC and the Office of Institutional Advancement
The Boston Architectural College is a Boston icon, an educational leader since its founding in 1889. The BAC's mission is to provide excellence in design education emerging from practice and accessible to diverse communities. The College's commitment to ingenuity and innovation together with its ability to grow and adapt has taken the BAC from a modest but visionary club at the turn of the 20th century to a fully accredited graduate and undergraduate college with bold aspirations for the future.

President Mahesh Daas joined the BAC in July 2019, and immediately created opportunities to engage the larger BAC community in applying their insight to shape the future of the college. President Daas and the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement are committed to building an innovative advancement platform that will strengthen and engage the College's extensive network of more than 11,000 alumni and partners and create a philanthropic program that will allow the BAC to deliver its full potential.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development, management, and implementation of an innovative donor relations program to complement the objectives of the overall engagement and fundraising goals for the Institutional Advancement (IA) office.
  • Initiate, write and compile annual endowment stewardship reports and accompanying financials for select restricted gifts and individual endowed funds.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of donor recognition plans, which may include special acknowledgement letters, recognition gifts, stewardship events and dedication ceremonies, and donor signage.
  • Oversee acknowledgement process and pledge reminder system.
  • Collaborate with VP to develop and maintain gift processing and donor relations policies and procedures for the IA department.
  • Support the development of narrative and financial proposals for the purposes of soliciting and stewarding philanthropic support of $50,000+ individual gifts and grants.
  • Work closely with IA team to oversee and manage the Raiser's Edge NXT database, with a focus on data integrity, security, and dashboard reporting that gauges progress towards revenue goals and other metrics in real time.
  • Utilize the fundraising database to prioritize and track planned engagement and stewardship with constituents, as well as the progression of major gift proposals.
  • Work with finance colleagues to reconcile gift data monthly.
  • Partner with IA team to create documents with names, photos, and brief bios for events and key prospect meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience, preferably in higher education, in development stewardship, advancement, or related field.
  • Demonstrated previous experience interacting with high-level donors and developing comprehensive, strategic stewardship programs.
  • Proven skills and ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among team members and balance multiple concurrent priorities.
  • This position calls for superior communication and interpersonal skills, as well as creativity, political astuteness, and tact.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and in a donor database (Raiser's Edge NXT or Salesforce experience preferred)
  • Strong knowledge of the utilization of information systems to support stewardship initiatives.
  • Team player with a good sense of humor

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Director of Collaborative Practice

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is the only independent design school nationwide with accredited professional degrees that require candidates to enrich their emergent knowledge by simultaneously combining traditional instruction with regularly assessed practice-integrated learning outside a classroom. Within this dynamic, interdisciplinary setting, the Director of Collaborative Practice holds a full-time exempt position in the faculty providing strategic direction, teaching, and administrative leadership to serve all degree programs in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies. The appointment reflects an evolving, increasingly rigorous approach to practice-integrated, applied learning. It combines both curricular development and instruction in two foundation level core courses that develop cognitive skills and competencies through public interest design collaborations.

Responsibilities include program leadership and management; program oversight; student support, mentoring and advising; cultivating relationships with community, industry, and academic partners; faculty recruitment and training; collaborating with key departments at the college; research; teaching; practice; and other opportunities to grow an agile and innovative design education through practice. Core faculty members at the BAC are expected to teach, work with faculty, the dean, and other departments to develop curriculum, contribute to cross-disciplinary research initiatives, and engage in service. This position reports to the Dean of Practice.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master's degree in the area of design, design thinking, or related fields.
  • Evidence of expertise in the field.
  • An established record in curriculum development and teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. K-12 experience is a plus.
  • Dedication to social impact, innovative antiracist and anti-oppression pedagogy, and research on emerging modes of practice.
  • Strong background in experiential learning serving diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness of collaborative leadership and project management skills.
  • Administrative experience in higher education setting is a plus.

Applicants should provide (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a statement of intent with respect to the position along with teaching, administrative, and scholarly interests, (3) a list of 3 references with email addresses and telephone numbers, and (4) a portfolio of creative work including professional practice, teaching, research, and administrative accomplishments.
The Boston Architectural College embraces diversity and equal opportunity in employment and education. At the BAC, our mission is to provide excellence in design.

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Senior Administrative Assistant to the Vice Presidents

The BAC seeks an experienced administrative assistant to support the four Vice Presidents of the College. This position will report to the Executive Assistant to the President and will be a full time, salaried and benefitted position. Job duties are as follows:

  • Understands and adheres to the values, mission and vision of the College and is committed to a positive, friendly, inclusive work environment.
  • Is a pleasant, courteous, and professional first contact for the executive team.
  • Provides administrative support for the VP of Finance and Administration, VP of Enrollment Management, VP of Institutional Advancement, and VP of Academic Affairs.
  • Provides backup for the President's Executive Assistant.
  • Manages personal calendars for VPs and assists the President's Executive Assistant with the maintenance of Master Projects calendar and Board of Trustees calendar.
  • Serves as a primary point of direct administrative contact and liaison with other offices, individuals, and external institutions and agencies on a range of issues.
  • Utilizes knowledge and understanding of underlying operational issues to assist in administrative problem solving.
  • Organizes and facilitates meetings, conferences, and special events as requested; schedules and coordinates dates and times, venues, and attendance; takes minutes; and provides administrative support and follow-up on matters arising from meetings.
  • Establishes and maintains organized and efficient files and records for the VPs; gathers, enters, and/or updates data to maintain records, files, and databases as appropriate.
  • Responsible for the administration, security, confidentiality, and retention of office files.
  • Creates, composes, and edits technical and/or administrative correspondence and documentation; prepares a variety of technical, statistical, financial, and narrative reports, letters, memos, and other written correspondence and materials at the request of the VPs.
  • Coordinates travel for the VPs including flights, hotels, transportation, reservations, agendas and other matters as needed.
  • May require occasional travel locally and throughout the country to accompany VPs on special projects as needed.
  • Assists in the coordination, control, and completion of special projects as requested.
  • Assists with preparation of presentations that will be given to the Board of Trustees.
  • Attends and takes notes at various administrative and operational meetings.
  • Serves as additional support for staff, faculty and student activities when needed and regularly attends campus events as a representative of the executive team.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.



  • Good sense of humor is a must. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong proofreading and editing skills are a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Outlook Mail and Calendar, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative fashion.
  • Timely in the completion of tasks.
  • Maintains the highest level of confidentiality and professionalism at all times.

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The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is an independent, professional college in Boston's Back Bay that provides an exceptional design education by combining academic learning with innovative experiential learning and by making its programs accessible to diverse communities. The College offers professional and accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies. The core of the BAC experience is a unique learning model where design education happens in the classroom and in the professional workplace simultaneously. Students are taught, mentored, and advised by over 400 practicing professionals, strengthening the connection between workplace experience and classroom learning. Founded in 1889 as a club for practicing architects, the BAC has remained closely tied to Boston's professional design community throughout its history. The BAC has been recognized by DesignIntelligence as providing World-Class Programs with High Distinction, by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes, and by the Carnegie Foundation for community engagement.

Statement Of Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

The BAC is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students, and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, ethnic or national origin or ancestry, veteran status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, membership in Uniformed Services, or any category protected by applicable state and federal laws.

Individuals may not be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of their employment or academic program or be subject to harassment in the workplace or academic environment. Such conduct is illegal under both federal and Massachusetts state law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Act, Massachusetts General Laws chapter 151B, § 4, Massachusetts General Laws chapter 151C, § 2, and Massachusetts General Laws chapter 214, § 1C. Furthermore, conduct prohibited under this policy is incompatible with the values and mission of the BAC and is strictly prohibited by the BAC. Unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by officers, faculty, managers, supervisors, employees, students, vendors, clientele, and contractors will not be tolerated.

Inquiries concerning the BAC equal opportunity policy may be referred to the Director of Human Resources Development,

Standard Professionalism

  • Team and Interpersonal Skills: Success in this position requires positive relationships with other team members including support staff and senior staff.
  • Service Orientation: Success in this position requires a service-oriented perspective in which, to the greatest extent possible, treat students and other employees in such a way that they feel well served by a professional representative of the BAC.
  • Confidentiality and Discretion: Success in this position requires the ability not only to maintain the confidentiality of student and employee records, but also the ability to discern when it is appropriate to divulge privileged or confidential information.