The renowned North Bennet Street School (NBSS), an institution that holds a venerable place in Boston’s history and has long contributed to the vibrancy of the City’s culture and economy, seeks an inspirational Director of Development (DOD) to propel the School to new levels of philanthropic support. This is a unique opportunity to join NBSS as it welcomes a new President in visionary educator and artist Sarah Turner, celebrates the successful close of its $20 million Lives & Livelihoods campaign, and begins the exciting work of planning its next phase of growth and development.
NBSS is on an ambitious trajectory to continue its philanthropic success as it enters a season of notable donor events, including the 20th Anniversary of its Annual Celebration of Craft. On the horizon are multiple opportunities to continue stewarding long-time supporters while cultivating new bases of support. The School will also begin exploring innovative public programming offerings, additional workshops, and inventive forms of community engagement.
Welcoming students from diverse backgrounds into a collaborative setting, NBSS opens pathways to rewarding life-long careers built on traditional trades, fine craftsmanship, and personal fulfillment. From the scent of freshly cut wood to the distant sound of tools in motion, the sense of mind, heart, and hand at work is palpable. This accredited postsecondary career school offers nine full-time programs, Bookbinding, Cabinet & Furniture Making, Carpentry, Jewelry Making & Repair, Locksmithing & Security Technology, Piano Technology, Preservation Carpentry, and Violin Making & Repair, and serves a close-knit community of 150 students each year, with 3,000 alumni worldwide. A wide range of continuing education classes attract an additional 800 students annually.
The relevance and value of handwork and traditional craft cannot be understated as the United States faces a skilled labor shortage with older generations of tradespeople and craftspeople retiring. At the same time, demand for authentic, handmade products and services remains strong. NBSS is in a distinct position to bridge the opportunity gap by training the next generation of traditional tradespeople using time-honored methods and skills in concert with evolving technology.
Combining market demand with a solid financial foundation and new leadership, NBSS is well prepared to define the next chapter in trade and craft education. The DOD will bring support to the President’s vision of imagining trade and craft education in today’s digital world, expanding the School’s reach and external brand to a wider audience through increased enrollment and new initiatives, forging new and deepening existing industry partnerships, and ensuring full utilization of its best-in-class facility.
Reporting directly to the President of NBSS, the Director of Development (DOD) will serve as a senior member of the President’s cabinet and, along with the Provost and Executive Vice President, contribute as a strategic thought partner to advance the School and its programs. The DOD will staff the President as a leading principal fundraising resource while leading a team of two, consisting of the Director of Institutional Support and a Development Coordinator. Taking a holistic approach in examining NBSS’s past and current fundraising structure and success, the DOD will chart a roadmap for the future, designing a fundraising strategy reflective of the School’s philanthropic capacity, and providing the motivation and leadership necessary to empower the staff in achieving this goal.
The DOD will collaboratively develop and execute a development plan encompassing all facets of fundraising including major and planned giving, annual fund, foundations, corporations, in-kind, capital campaigns, special events, and donor stewardship. The DOD will further develop the Board of Directors and their networks into a powerful source of support for NBSS; ensure they are effectively and professionally staffed with regard to development activities; and provide focus for their efforts so that their time spent is productive and personally rewarding. They will promote a culture of philanthropy that energizes all individuals working for, leading, and attending the School to be active participants in the fundraising process.
The ideal candidate is expected to bring a focus on individual giving and the demonstrated ability to plan, execute, and close 5- and 6-figure gifts, as well as a track record of success in identifying new donors. A broader understanding of campaign development, planned gifts, foundations, corporations, and special events is necessary. Strong managerial and motivational skills are required to outline clear philanthropic goals and galvanize the organization’s staff, faculty, volunteers, and its most influential supporters. The DOD will create a collaborative culture that promotes open communication among team members, and bring a detail-oriented, results-driven work style that encourages follow through on all strategies.
Demonstrating a passion for preserving and advancing trade and craft traditions, the candidate will have the charisma, cultural sensitivity, and communication skills necessary to be an effective representative of North Bennet Street School and a key liaison to its alumni. It is expected that the DOD will bring an understanding of both the Boston-area and regional philanthropic communities.
About this Organization:
One of nation’s oldest schools for hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, North Bennet Street School (www.nbss.edu) is internationally known for its programs that help students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. For more than a century, the exceptional programs, master faculty, and inspiring community have encouraged individual growth, curiosity, technical mastery, and commitment to excellence.
The School offers full-time programs in Bookbinding, Carpentry, Cabinet & Furniture Making, Jewelry Making & Repair, Locksmithing & Security Technology, Piano Technology, Preservation Carpentry, and Violin Making & Repair. In addition, NBSS provides continuing education classes in a range of related disciplines. The School is located at an impressive, new facility in Boston’s historic North End, the community in which it was originally founded in 1881.
The School employs all persons on the basis of occupational qualifications and does not discriminate against any individual because of race, religion, age, gender, color, national and ethic origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, or any other status protected by law.