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Center for Teen Empowerment (Boston, MA) - Director of Development

The Center for Teen Empowerment (TE) employs, trains and empowers youth to, in collaboration with adults, create peace, equity and justice. Working in Rochester, Boston and Somerville, MA, TE implements a unique asset-based youth organizing program that employs youth to identify the most pressing issues in their community and develop a strategy to address those issues. Using TE’s interactive model, the project builds the leadership skills of youth and trains them to do the planning and problem solving necessary to implement their strategic plans. We seek a full time Director of Development based in our Boston office (Currently, TE is working remotely. Occasional opportunities for in-person socially distanced, PPE provided, work may arise.) This position will manage the entire organization’s fundraising strategy, including overseeing one direct report in Rochester, NY.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the executive director, the director of development will be responsible for managing all fundraising activities to meet revenue goals in support of Teen Empowerment’s mission. The director will be a dynamic, collaborative leader with deep experience in the nonprofit sector and previous experience as a key member of a development department. The director of development will be responsible for managing grants; donor relations, including solicitation and stewardship; event planning; building and managing a development team; and ensuring excellence in all department activities Internally, s/he will galvanize the entire Teen Empowerment staff around fundraising efforts and be responsible for ensuring performance against annual objectives. Externally, the director will be an ambassador of our work in many, diverse settings.


Grants and Corporate and Foundation Relations:

  • Identify and research potential funders for program and operating support.
  • Write and edit grant proposals, reports, and correspondence to corporate, foundation, and
    government donors.
  • Track grant proposal and report deadlines, status, and results. Process and track grants, thank
    donors, and prepare reports.
  • Insure compliance with grant stipulations.
  • Meet with funders, often in collaboration with TE’s Executive Director and TE youth.
  • Steward relationships.

Individual Donors and Events

  • Create and manage a strategic donor solicitation plan, including stewarding relationships with current donors and cultivating new ones. Research prospective donors.
  • Implement annual fundraising appeals including direct mail and email solicitations.
  • Coordinate annual fundraising events including coordinating a host committee, seeking sponsorships, event logistics, invitations and communications, and solicitation of in-kind donations.
  • Strategize with professional and volunteer leadership to develop new fundraising events and support house parties and other small fundraising events.
  • Train staff and board members on donor solicitation, including sharing best practices and providing tools, information, and resources to strengthen fundraising efforts.
  • Work directly with board development committee and build full board support and participation in fundraising efforts.
  • Write and edit donor solicitation materials and acknowledgements such as letters, emails and internet donation page. Coordinate semi-annual mail solicitation campaigns.
  • Coordinate in-kind donations and answer information requests.
  • Develop and execute processes to ensure effective reporting, tracking, acknowledgement, and correspondence with donors.

Build and Manage Development Team

  • Lead a collaborative process with team members to construct annual goals, budget, work plan and calendar.
  • Supervise the work of the Rochester development coordinator.
  • Create a staffing plan for future growth of a development team to support organizational goals.
  • Hire and manage new development team members in new sites as the organization expands.
  • Coach and develop new members of the department.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, Master’s degree a plus.
  • Previous fundraising experience with a nonprofit social service or youth development agency, ideally with multiple programs and raising millions of dollars annually from private sources.
  • Experience with all elements of a multi-pronged fundraising approach, including special events, major gifts, grants, and planned giving. Experience using fundraising software.
  • Proven ability to establish, steward, and grow relationships with existing and potential donors.
  • Track record of successful corporate, foundation, and government grant proposals. Management of government grants is a plus.
  • 5+ years of management and supervisory experience.
  • Unwavering commitment to excellence in organizational and project management and the ability to achieve strategic objectives while managing multiple, complicated projects.
  • Exceptional communication skills. A persuasive, credible, and polished communicator.
  • Creative, independent, and strategic thinker.
  • Exceptional people management skills. Track record of effectively leading an outcome-driven staff. Ability to collaborate productively with diverse people at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to work effectively with, and quickly gain the respect and support of, diverse constituencies, including board and staff, donors, corporate partners, and foundation and civic leaders.
  • Flexibility and adaptability, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines. Excellent attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated passion for Teen Empowerment’s mission.

Salary: $70,000-$80,000 commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, salaried position with excellent benefits. Some evenings and weekends required.

Deadline: January 5, 2021

The Center for Teen Empowerment is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against candidates on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and members of other minority and marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to Moiet James, No calls please.

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