Digital rendering of MLK embrace sculpture

Executive Director, King Boston

Title: Executive Director, King Boston 

Department: Philanthropy Group 

Reports To: Co-chairs, King Boston; and Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs 

FLSA Classification: Exempt           FTE: 1 

Supervises: None 

Position Summary: 

For a defined period of one year the Executive Director for King Boston will manage the philanthropic initiative to create a memorial in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Boston. The Executive Director will be responsible for fundraising, serving as community liaison to solicit outside input, and providing regular progress updates through social media and e-mail communication.   

Essential Functions:

  • Actively solicits financial contributions from individual donors, corporations, and foundations in order to raise approximately $4 million toward the project’s $5 million goal; 
  • Serves as community liaison by holding and organizing community events to solicit input from community members and other key stakeholders; 
  • Communicates effectively with key partners such as City Hall to ensure timely and successful coordination of each party’s work; and 
  • Provides regular updates on the project by managing associated social media accounts such as Facebook, as well as through e-mail lists.  

 Other Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s degree; 
  • 5+ years of successful experience in non-profit fundraising; experience raising more than $500,000 preferred.  

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:  

  • Successful experience fundraising from major donors, corporations, and foundations; 
  • Strong familiarity with, and proven connections to, the African-American communities in Boston; 
  • A deep knowledge of the American civil rights movement and the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr., and especially of their impact on Boston; 
  • Significant project management experience, including projects requiring the successful coordination of numerous parties; 
  • Ability to self-motivate and work proactively to achieve project goals; 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including experiencing using social media and other online communication platforms; 
  • Event-planning and management experience; and 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop high-quality relationships with a variety of constituencies, including donors, community members, committee members, and other partners.  

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  •  Ability to sit for long periods of time; 
  • Ability to use a computer monitor and keyboard for long periods of time; 
  • Ability to carry up to 25 pounds.  


The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being 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, as well as 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. Reasonable accommodation, if any, 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.