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Director of Development

Project Hope

Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119
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Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will partner with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors and other development staff (who are direct reports) to create and execute a comprehensive fundraising program for the organization. The Director of Development will cultivate, solicit and engage foundations, government agencies and individual donors as well as manage fundraising events.

  Agency & Program Background

 Project Hope works in partnership with families so they can move up and out of poverty. We do this by being a catalyst for change in the lives of families and in the systems that keep them poor; developing and providing family support solutions for homelessness and poverty; and advocating for just public policies that strengthen families.


  • Manage and execute the organization’s individual giving program inclusive of developing an annual fundraising calendar, targeting outreach, prospecting for major donors, writing appeal letters, and partnering with the board and the Executive Director to secure gifts and steward long-term relationships
  • Oversee the grant writing and submission process, ensuring that grant research is conducted to expand prospects, competitive grants are submitted and awarded by private foundations and government entities, reporting is completed in a timely and effective manner and strong and mutually supportive relationships are formed and stewarded with grantors
  • Design, supervise and provide support for several fundraising events each year by developing program content, soliciting financial support, managing logistics and vendor relations and meeting targeted fundraising expectations for each event
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director to expand corporate partnerships, ensuring that donors’ goals are aligned with the organization’s needs
  • Staff the Development Committee of the Board of Directors, who help create and execute the fundraising program to ensure that the organization achieves its annual goals
  • Supervise and motivate development staff and contractors, providing leadership, direction, praise and constructive feedback
  • Serve as a proactive member of the organization’s senior leadership team, helping to ensure alignment between program goals, financial realities and fundraising capacity





  • An energetic approach to build, engage and sustain a comprehensive development program that utilizes diverse strategies, well-designed materials and engaging activities
  • Ability to work in partnership with a diverse team, including the Executive Director, board and staff, to collaboratively achieve aggressive fundraising goals
  • Experience partnering with and activating board committees, particularly a development committee
  • Comfort with and a practiced approach to soliciting major gifts from individuals
  • Ability to conduct grant research and collaborate with internal teams to write and submit exceptional grant applications, steward grantor relationships and manage grant reporting in a timely and accurate manner
  • A demonstrated commitment to the community served by the organization (predominately low-income, racially and ethnically diverse populations) and a belief that diverse opinions and perspectives produce greater results
  • Self-motivated and highly organized, with the ability to work well under pressure as part of a diverse team
  • At least 5 years of experience as a multi-faceted fundraiser for a nonprofit
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience with fundraising databases would be beneficial

 Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s required; Master’s preferred
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