Development Director

Found in Translation was founded in 2011 and in two years has gained recognition as one of the most innovative and effective emerging social enterprises in the world. Our Medical Interpreter Certificate job training program generates opportunity at the intersection of some of the nation’s biggest challenges: jobs, economic mobility, institutional racism, and health care costs, access and disparities. Our mission is twofold:

  • To give low-income bilingual women an opportunity to achieve economic security through the use of their language skills
  • To unleash bilingual talent into the workforce to fight racial, ethnic, and linguistic disparities in health care

Our Culture:

We are a small, dynamic, energetic, culturally diverse, and creative team. We share leadership, we run lean, we improvise, we teleport, we make amazing things happen, and we make them happen fast. We get things done and we take pride in being very good at what we do.

We recognize that our programs can be life-transforming for the women we serve, and this fuels our commitment to the quality of our work. We are outcomes-driven and operate in “permanent beta,” which means that we are always in the process of self-examination, evaluation, reflection, vision and revision in the relentless pursuit of quality and impact.

Our team is our organization’s greatest asset. We deeply value ourselves and each other, and invest in the professional development of our team. As we transition out of start-up mode, we are entering an exciting time of creativity, growth, and new leadership and advancement opportunities for our staff.

Position Overview:

We are seeking an energetic and versatile development professional to spearhead the design and implementation of a robust fundraising program to support our pioneering work and ambitious growth plans. This is a leadership position that works in close partnership with the Executive Director and the Fundraising Committee of the Board of Directors.

This is a full-time position with benefits. We would also consider applicants who are looking for less than full-time, with the expectation of an eventual transition to full-time status.

The ideal candidate will be drawn to the idea of joining a young, high-impact organization that has established itself as an innovator, attracted attention globally, and is poised to become a leader in workforce development and economic mobility. S/he will bring the creativity and leadership that this position requires, and relish the unique opportunity to play a major role in shaping Found in Translation’s future.

Key responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, create and implement a comprehensive development strategy including individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations, events, marketing, and public relations
  • Expand and strengthen Found in Translation’s individual giving program, including donor prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, closing, and stewardship
  • Administer donor/prospect databases and records, and provide timely and thorough reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors as needed
  • Build community presence and visibility by serving as an enthusiastic ambassador and spokesperson for the organization

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • A genuine resonance with and commitment to our mission, and a good fit with our organizational culture
  • 5+ years of development experience, including in-depth knowledge of one or more of the key areas of the function (grant writing, individual giving, corporate relations, etc.)
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and presentation skills in order to be an effective spokesperson for the organization
  • Capacity for leadership, vision, and creativity necessary for developing long-range fundraising strategy
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, “can-do” approach, a demonstrated ability to consistently achieve goals and meet deadlines, and a sense of ownership of one’s work and its outcomes
  • Preferred but not required: thorough understanding of electronic and social media, experience with media/PR, proficiency in CRM software, event planning experience, supervisory experience, familiarity with the medical interpreting profession


How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (LOI, appeal letter, grant proposal, etc.) to Janet Grogan,



Cambridge, Massachusetts
Found in Translation
Janet Grogan,

45 Prospect St, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139, United States