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Director of Development, New England

Department: Fundraising
Location: Brookline, MA

Position: Director of Development, New England

Reports to: Senior Director, Principal Gifts

Status: Full time; Exempt

Start date: September 1, 2019

The Director of Development in the New England office will work to strategically build the New England development effort to meet and exceed our ambitious fundraising goals, currently set at $4M. The Director of Development will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the department including fundraising, events, board work and all day-to-day operational needs. The Director will grow and support our pipeline of donors, of all types and at all levels, and advance Facing History’s visibility and profile in the region in concert with the Senior Director, Principal Gifts and the New England Executive Director. We are seeking someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who will help advance Facing History’s work in the region and will also substantially help us grow our donor base.

Who We Are: We are an experienced and professional Development team who care deeply about the mission and work of our organization. We are highly collaborative, both within our team and across all geographies, to ensure the effective local implementation of Facing History’s development strategies. We benefit from sharing and support through Facing History’s national development team and partnerships and learning from other geographies in order to ensure the effective local implementation of our larger development strategies. We depend on clear communication, commitment to each other as a team, positive energy, and a collaborative spirit.   

Who You Are: You are a lifelong learner and a fundraising or relationship management expert who shares our passion for education, youth and community. You are confident in your abilities to build relationships and secure funding for a worthy cause. You are an experienced leader and coach who is energized by the success of your team. You bring your experience and unique perspective to make us stronger together. You thrive in a team environment, bringing both strong collaboration skills and independent initiative.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead Regional Development efforts
  • Work with the Senior Director, Principal Gifts and the Executive Director to generate and execute regional fundraising goals to fulfill organization-wide strategic plan.
  • Serve as primary manager for a portfolio of current and potential individual donors with an emphasis on identifying and growing a portfolio focused on new donors
  • Responsible for strategy and supervision of all elements related to management of the NE Development office (staff supervision, fundraising goals, internal communications, etc.)
  • Participate as part of a local and national/international team to carry out Facing History’s fundraising strategy and achieve revenue goals for the NE region.
  • Responsible for strategy and supervision of all local NE events including donor gatherings, corporate events and other community partnerships
  • Engage targeted constituencies through additional events, programs and activities that deepen donor engagement and revenue growth, including new private individual and corporate events
  • Oversee all logistics and grow leadership and revenue for annual Spring Benefit Dinner, largest fundraising event for the organization exceeding annual revenue of $1M each year.
  • In close partnership with the Executive Director, work with the NE Advisory Board, communicating Facing History’s financial model, building board development strategies, providing stewardship and support to Board members, identifying and cultivating new members, and overseeing sub-committee activities. 
  • Support other aspects of fundraising as needed.


  • At least 7-10 years of nonprofit development experience or relationship management experience, with demonstrated success in major gifts work, including closing high level gifts and knowledge of moves-management fundraising.  Must be able to demonstrate past successes as a major gift fundraiser. 
  • Engaging relationship-builder with excellent interpersonal skills and strong oral and written communication skills; experience building relationships with Board members preferred.
  • Event strategy and management experience
  • Creative and flexible self-starter able to work both individually and as a member of consensus-seeking teams.
  • Organized and effective project manager, with the ability to manage multiple needs and assignments in a fast-paced nonprofit setting.
  • Genuine commitment to the mission of Facing History and Ourselves and ability to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google office suite; experience with Salesforce or other fundraising databases required
  • Experience in staff management required
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent experience

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