Student Affairs

Temporary Assistant Director, Programs & Events

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA United States

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 Assistant Director, Programs and Events reports to the Senior Associate Director, Programs and Events and is responsible for planning and executing engagement, cultivation, recognition and stewardship events in support of the overall plans of the Advancement Office.  Working closely with fundraising units and alumni relations, the Assistant Director and other event colleagues are responsible for the development and execution of nearly 150 events annually. 

In consultation with the Senior Associate Director, the Assistant Director works on all aspects of event planning and execution to achieve optimum results, including: working with units to develop event profiles and budgets that support fundraising goals; effectively managing budgets; working with other University departments (e.g., dining, facilities) to prepare menus and reserve appropriate spaces; working closely with fundraisers and advancement information systems on list management, reports, and other information formats critical to the efficient operation of an event; preparing and disseminating save-the-date cards, invitations, and other event materials; implementing online registration and ticket sales when applicable; working with the University’s audiovisual team to prepare for presentations; providing pre-event oversight of security, entertainment, vendor, site, and catering; providing on-site management of support staff, volunteers, and other University staff (Event Management Services, housekeeping, catering); and, conducting post-mortems on events with an eye toward improving outcomes over time.  

The successful candidate has demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as demonstrated event management skills such as diplomacy, creative thinking, vigilance, problem solving, and the ability to quickly resolve problems with common sense and available resources.

NOTE: This is a temporary, 12-month, full-time position with benefits.

Title and salary commensurate with relevant experience based on the following titles and hiring ranges:
Assistant Director 1: $48,900 - $61,150
Assistant Director 2: $53,950 - $67,450


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and for the first level Assistant Director, a minimum of 1 year related non-exempt experience in event planning, preferably in a University setting.  For second level Assistant Director, a minimum of 1 year of exempt experience in events planning, or a combination of 2 years of progressively responsible events planning and management plus 1 year other directly related experience, preferably in a University setting. 

Also, must have excellent written and verbal communications skills; a proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite; knowledge of University budget and purchasing processes, audiovisual components and their application and limitations is expected. Must have the ability to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends on a regular basis; familiarity with fundraising software is preferred.

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.

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-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and 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

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 2 - 4 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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