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Development Director, King Boston

Department: Philanthropy Group

Reports To: Director of Advancement and External Affairs, King Boston

FLSA Classification: Exempt    FTE:   1

Supervises: None

Position Budgeted: $90,000.00 to $110,000.00

Position Summary: 

The Development Director, reporting to the Director of Advancement and External Affairs (DAEA) and working closely with the Executive Director, will direct and manage the backbone of all fundraising operations, with an initial focus leading the event fundraising strategy for upcoming major events over MLK weekend 2023. This role manages a rapid flow of work, handling many daily tasks spanning multiple projects, with a need to toggle between big picture, long-term strategic priorities, and time sensitive details. The Development Director is a key contributor in the planning and execution of a comprehensive development plan based on long and short-term goals. The Development Director holds shared responsibility for all fundraising initiatives and will help represent the organization as needed at external events and meetings.  We want a leader who is eager to be a part of building an institution, is self-directed, and wants to bring their ideas and energy. 

The Development Director is a relationship-builder able to adapt their communication style to work effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders including the Executive Team and other members of the Advancement and External Affairs Team.  They bring vision and warmth to building long-term partnerships grounded in a commitment to achieving equity in the city of Boston. They use restorative and transformative practices and have a commitment to engaging in fundraising that contributes to healing from and dismantling White supremacy culture and structural racism. They are organized, solutions-oriented, self-directed, flexible and demonstrate leadership and initiative, while also being a committed and contributing team player.  

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for developing an in-depth knowledge of King Boston’s mission, vision,  theory of change, and programs along with emerging events and initiatives, to ensure full understanding and accurate representation when communicating to funders;
  • As part of the Advancement Team, responsible for achieving an annual fiscal year revenue goal of $5M;
  • Responsible for leading the fundraising efforts connected to major events happening over MLK weekend 2023;  
  • In partnership with the DAEA, responsible for developing and implementing King Boston’s annual development plan, including goals and strategies for institutional donors, major donors, individual donors, corporate/foundation donors and events;
  • Articulate and hit clear benchmarks towards fundraising goals;
  • Responsible for the design and roll-out of major gift, endowment, planned giving and monthly giving programs; responsible for the delivery of annual fund;
  • Responsible for regular reporting of revenue, progress and successes to Executive Team;
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate prospect and donor records;
  • Responsible for building a culture of philanthropy throughout King Boston, informing staff of all fundraising and communications activities; and
  • Participate in all aspects of development and external affairs work, including direct marketing, major gifts, grants, events, communications, and media strategy.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Participate in various King Boston internal meetings, including institutional strategizing and planning;
  • Perform other duties as assigned related to King Boston's mission or to support coalition partners, funders, or other stakeholders; and
  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in development;
  • Credibility and experience to connect King Boston to a range of resources and opportunities outside the organization;
  • Successful experience in helping to raise significant money at a major event from a variety of sources, including major donors, corporate partnerships and foundations;
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills, with the presence, credibility and skills to develop and sustain a broad range of relationships; highly developed listening skills;
  • Solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants; 
  • Experienced using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information;
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly-organized, and have experience using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information;
  • Able to thrive when working under deadlines;
  • Strong project, time and budget management skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail;
  • Willing to share in both “big picture’ thinking and administrative tasks;
  • Must be able to craft proposals in a clear and compelling manner; and
  • Creative thinker with insight into the rapidly changing fundraising environment.


Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

  • Exceptional project and event management skills, extremely well-organized and strong attention to detail;
  • High degree of professionalism, customer service, and organizational skills with the ability to work independently and with a team; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated experience communicating with a wide range of audiences and able to present key information in an engaging way in terms of both language and visual presentation;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build effective relationships;
  • Experience in using Salesforce or a comparable CRM, and mass email marketing systems; 
  • Proficient in Google applications (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Gmail) and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); 
  •   Passion for racial and economic justice;
  •   Excellent communication skills, with the ability to organize, express, and communicate ideas in a clear, succinct, and accurate manner;
  •   Commitment to contributing to an overall organizational culture of learning and wellbeing;  
  • Capacity to integrate into all functional areas while autonomously leading one’s work;
  •   Ability to work with evolving priorities and timelines;
  •   Ability to prioritize tasks and meet organizational deadlines;
  •   An entrepreneurial spirit hungry to build;
  •   Ability to balance attention to process, results and relationships as a facilitative leader;
  •   A can-do and will-do attitude, i.e., no task is too high level nor too basic; and
  • Preference for a deep awareness, understanding, and connection to the Boston community, including experience working with diverse communities across race, class, ethnic, political and geographic boundaries.


Working Conditions and Physical Demands

  • Ability to work at workstation for long periods of time;
  • Ability to use a keyboard for extended periods of time; and
  • Ability to work remotely.


The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this job.  It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

External and internal applicants and position incumbents, who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or applicable state law, must be able to perform the essential functions of the job (including those listed above) either with or without reasonable accommodation.  If any, reasonable accommodation will be determined by management in consultation with the employee on a case-by-case basis.

This job description is intended to be general and may be revised from time to time.  At management's discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.