Careers & Volunteers
Director of Development
Posted: July 2, 2021
The Director of Development is responsible for planning and leading all fundraising initiatives of the organization. This includes individual donations, grants, gifts, sponsorships, capital campaigns, in-kind donations, and other contributed income. This full-time position requires strong organizational, financial, and communication skills, and excellent attention to detail and deadlines. The Director of Development works closely with and reports directly to the Executive Director and may lead and supervise a small development staff and volunteers. Frequent interaction is required with finance, marketing, and programming staff.
Like the great majority of nonprofit arts organizations, MCA has lost significant income since March 2020. This role is an opportunity for a team-oriented professional to join an established, well-respected, and growing arts organization as we reopen and rebuild.
- Strengthen and diversify the organization’s base of contributors (individual, foundation, governmental, and corporate)
- Annually draft and implement an aspirational yet achievable development plan and budget
- Meet and preferably exceed fundraising goals, as detailed in the annual budget
- Organize and maintain effective development systems and record-keeping to accurately track current and prospective contributors and to report all fundraising income
- Prepare and properly submit all grant and sponsorship correspondence, applications, and reports, and research new funding opportunities, working with other staff to develop narratives and collect information as necessary
- Plan and execute a year-end annual appeal, including development of collateral pieces and mailing list, and follow-up letters of acknowledgement
- Plan and execute an annual fundraising benefit, working with the Executive Director and an Event Committee; suggest other events that may contribute to fundraising goals
- Working with the Executive Director, plan and execute an annual Members meeting
- Working with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, plan and execute capital campaigns and identify naming opportunities
- Manage raffle and auction activities and ensure compliance with governing laws and regulations
- Identify and solicit program book advertisers
- Coordinate and execute all in-kind donation requests and acknowledgements
- Draft and send timely and accurate acknowledgements to all contributors
- Working with the Executive Director and Development Committee of the Board of Directors, determine and fulfill donor and sponsor benefits throughout the season
- Working with the Executive Director, hire any direct reports and supervise their performance
- Report at least monthly to the Development Committee and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors
- Assist in expanding the organization’s community presence through outreach activities
- Align development-related communications with organizational branding and contribute to providing ongoing evaluation of key organizational messaging
- Represent the organization externally in partnership with the Executive Director, staff, and Board of Directors
- Three (3) or more years’ experience working in nonprofit fundraising
- Passion for the arts and some familiarity with the local and Greater Boston community and its residents
- Past success in achieving fundraising goals and motivating support staff, board members, and/or volunteers
- Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial and narrative reports
- Strong analytical, organizational, and communications skills, in both public speaking and writing
- High degree of attention to detail and accuracy
- High level of resourcefulness, initiative, and problem-solving skills
- Willingness to be flexible and collaborative
- Understanding of the value of donor relationships
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications
- College degree or equivalent training/experience preferred
Salary and Benefits
- Full-time salary range $68,000 to $72,000 commensurate with experience
- Health insurance (currently not including dental)
- Four (4) weeks paid vacation and one (1) week paid sick time
- Flexible work schedule, including the opportunity to partially work remotely, but with evening and weekend hours at times for events
Applications and Inquiries
Please submit a letter or email of interest with your resume to Executive Darren Farrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: We are no longer accepting applicants for Summer 2021. The internship program is an opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to grow as artists, educators, and leaders. Students will gain real-world experience in the arts and mentorship to best facilitate their growth. Interested students should complete an Internship Application Form. If you would like to send a resume (optional) or you have any questions please email email@example.com.
NOTE: We are no longer accepting applicants for Summer 2021. The teaching assistant program provides mentorship in developing professional skills relating to various aspects of arts education and administration specific to each person’s interests. This is a pre-professional or early-career opportunity. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Please note that experience working with children is required for this position. Interested applicants should fill out the Teaching Assistant Application, send a completed resumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our volunteer program connects community members to volunteer opportunities within the organization. Our volunteers contribute significantly to many areas of the MCA including event staffing, teaching assistance, welcoming committee, and ushering. It is a great way to give back to your community! To become a volunteer, please contact email@example.com.