Development Director

Organization: Friends of the Children-Boston (Friends-Boston) creates generational change by engaging children from high-risk communities in 12 years of transformative mentoring relationships. We call the children we serve Achievers to demonstrate our belief in their potential for success. Friends-Boston‘s long-term goal is that Achievers will graduate from high school and succeed in college. We select children from high-risk communities in first grade and provide them with weekly support every year for 12 years.

Job Description Summary: As a member of the leadership team, the Director of Development will lead philanthropic services and development for the organization. Starting with a solid base of supporters and funders, the Director of Development has an opportunity to build the capacity of a young, dynamic organization poised for significant expansion. Working closely with and leveraging senior leaders, board members and partners, the Director of Development will strategize and direct efforts to meet the organizational fundraising goals. The Director of Development will supervise and mentor current and future development staff. This position reports to the Executive Director of Friends-Boston and is a member of the Leadership Team.

Job Responsibilities:


  • Commitment to providing relentless support to Achievers, families and staff
  • Ready to go above and beyond in time and effort to ensure goals are met
  • Extreme flexibility and adaptability
  • Positive, collaborative and resourceful
  • Must have a team first mind-set


• Cultivate, manage, steward, and track relationships with all donors and prospects

• Create a successful individual giving program and increase revenues from this program

• Lead and manage all aspects of an annual fundraising gala increasing net revenue each year

• Manage the Board Fund Development Committee to reach fundraising goals

• Oversee all development and marketing systems and procedures including tracking all development information and files

• Strategically “manage-up” to support Executive Director, Board and key staff to solicit major gifts, grants etc.

• Steer the communications and marketing efforts of the organization to ensure that key messages are conveyed to a broad audience including individuals, corporate sponsors, foundation leaders, media sponsors and government officials

• Oversee the design, production and use of all written and electronic communications for development and marketing purposes including newsletters, web site, press releases, and collateral materials etc.

• Represent Friends-Boston at external meetings, events and speaking engagements

• Manage, mentor and work with a Development Associate and interns

Skills and Experience:

• Superb oral and written communication skills as well as editing skills

• Proven effectiveness in fundraising

• Strong organizational skills with attention to detail

• Ability to handle multiple tasks

• Experience managing and utilizing some kind of fundraising software

How to apply

Please send resume, writing sample and cover letter to Michelle Harrington No phone calls please.

Boston,, Massachusetts
Friends of the Children-Boston (Friends-Boston)
Michelle Harrington

555 Amory St., Boston, MA, 02130, US