Director of Development

About CitySprouts

CitySprouts is a school and community program that integrates academic, health and environmental education in public schools. Working closely with school administrators, teachers and families, CitySprouts builds schools’ capacity to integrate school gardens as an instructional resource for teachers, an effective and engaging means for food and health education for students, and as a unifying center to strengthen school communities and family involvement.

Partnering with 18 public schools in the Greater Boston area, CitySprouts school gardens ensure that hands-on learning, environmental stewardship, and the experience of growing and eating food becomes part of the public education all children receive. CitySprouts summer internship (in Cambridge only) gives youth hands-on experiences in healthy eating and environmental education.

The Position

CitySprouts is an organization transitioning from an operating budget of just under $500,000 to a budget of approximately $1million in the next four years. To support our growing program, we seek a full-time Director of Development to manage the organization’s fundraising efforts, major donor strategies, oversee events, and serve as an ambassador of CitySprouts’ mission. The organization is led by its founding director, a committed board of directors and a resourceful staff of 8 who share the vision that all children in public schools have access to the school garden experience. The Development Director will be instrumental in setting the strategy and driving the necessary activities to raise the funds to support our vision. The Director of Development will serve as a direct liaison to existing funders, foundation executives, and corporate liaisons and seek opportunities to partner with new institutional and individual funders in Boston, the North Shore and Cambridge.

Key Responsibilities:

Major and Annual Gifts

  • Cultivate, solicit and steward donors to meet annual and long term fundraising goals
  • Manage annual events and annual fund appeals
  • Manage a donor portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation relationships including cultivating and stewarding strong relationships and ensuring donors have a positive experience
  • Actively research grant opportunities that align with CitySprouts’ mission and operating support needs
  • Collaborate with program directors on the development and submission of grant proposals and new private opportunities
  • Provide support to the Development Committee, a group of 5-8 volunteers that meet approximately six times per year

Special Events

  • Provide leadership in planning fundraising and donor cultivation events
  • Identify, solicit and steward corporate sponsorships for CitySprouts’ annual fundraiser
  • Work closely with other staff in supporting efforts to use events in identifying, cultivating and involving donors and volunteers


Successful candidates will have a deep commitment to CitySprouts’ mission, vision, and strategic direction in addition to the qualifications listed below:

  • Five or more years experience identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding 4- to 6-figure gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations, and public funding sources
  • Demonstrated success identifying new funders and increasing contributions from existing funders
  • Experience cultivating and soliciting individual donors with an emphasis on major gifts and supporting the Executive Director and board in major gift cultivation and solicitation efforts
  • Proven ability to effectively partner with organizational leadership and board of directors on fundraising initiatives
  • Record of fostering successful long-term relationships with funders, and the ability to effectively coach and collaborate with national and regional development staff in support of their fundraising activities
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to manage a team, and work closely with a wide range of constituents, including staff, board members, external partners and donors
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, excellent attention to detail, and superb follow through
  • Ability to inspire and engage people with CitySprouts’ story and vision
  • Understanding of the local philanthropic community desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, excel and database software

How to apply

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Jane Hirschi, Executive Director


Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jane Hirschi, Executive Director