Development Director, Boston


About the organization

Who We Are:

buildOn is a not-for-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. We’re not a charity, we’re a movement. In the United States, we run intensive service-learning programs in under-resourced, urban high schools in six major cities. Through these programs, buildOn empowers youth to transform their communities through high-impact service. Over the last 29 years, buildOn has empowered more than 100,000 urban youth to contribute more than 2.6 million hours of service that has touched the lives of more than one million people living below the U.S. poverty line.

Globally, teams of students from buildOn programs fan out across the world to help build schools in the economically poorest countries on the planet. We have now built over 1600 schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Malawi and Nepal. More than 220,827 children, parents and grandparents attend these schools.


Who We Want:

buildOn seeks a dynamic fundraising professional to strategically drive Boston’s fundraising efforts. As the Development Director, Boston, you will work to transform investors from passive philanthropists to active partners, lead innovative fundraising campaigns to increase revenue, and support our efforts in developing a culture of learning and boundary-spanning as part of ONE buildOn. The ideal candidate is a visionary with measurable results who can create a sense of urgency with our partners and potential partners to fully fund all buildOn Boston programs.

Reporting to the Vice President of Development, East Coast, you will be an integral part in engaging strategic partnerships that will help achieve buildOn's fundraising goals. The Development Director must have the ability to articulate buildOn's mission to new and current donors by working closely with the program team. This is a great opportunity for an entrepreneurial yet process-oriented professional who enjoys thinking creatively to expand revenue opportunities and build a robust pipeline of donors. If you have a history of leading successful fundraising campaigns in Boston with measurable results, then buildOn is the right place for you!


What You’ll Do:

• Develop and implement strategies for solicitation that will grow annual revenue from individuals, corporations & foundations.
• Strategically create a pipeline of major gift prospects through targeted outreach, leveraging the Boston Board and other networks.
• Develop strategies to initiate and meet Boston fundraising goals through Board development; assuming the responsibility to recruit, train and support board members with recommending and researching potential new major donor’s members.
• Work collaboratively with Boston’s buildOn U.S. Program team to advance fundraising goals.
• Partner with Marketing to engage more corporations in the buildOn

What You Bring:

• Earnest and sincere commitment to buildOn’s Mission and Core Values.
• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or non-profit management experience and CFRE preferred.
• 3-5 years of fundraising and/or direct sales experience with a proven track record in closing gifts, event planning, and building relationships preferred.
• A successful track record in cultivating relationships with mid-level gift donors and corporations.
• High-level experience working with fundraising and young professional boards is a plus.
• Extensive knowledge of the Boston philanthropic community and ability to seek out and engage new prospects.
• Excellent communication skills and follow through.
• Ability to track all communications and donor activity in a (CRM) program, specifically Salesforce.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send a resume and a compelling cover letter to [email protected]

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