Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
February 05, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Individual Giving


The Director of Individual Giving is a detail-oriented, outgoing individual with strong fundraising and communication skills, and a passion for the mission of Boston Center for the Arts. The Director is collaborative, well organized and gregarious, with exceptional people skills and a deep understanding of personal philanthropy. This individual must show exceptional maturity and an ability to effectively communicate and follow the mission of BCA and the policies of the President and Board of Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic direction to the execution, management and evaluation of BCA’s Individual Giving channels: BCA Annual Fund, The Circle, and forte, and contribute to the growth of BCA’s base of individual donors;
  • Implement, evaluate and expand BCA’s Individual Giving channels and increase strategic solicitation of support from individuals through direct mail solicitations, online giving platforms and in-person approaches;
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of Individual Giving prospects;
  • Identify Annual Fund donors who could be Circle members or Major Gift prospects and work with the CAO to ensure successful cultivation;
  • Alongside the Marketing and Communications staff, ensure a focused multi-channel Development communications plan (includes campaign design, solicitation and acknowledgement letters, development marketing materials, email and online communications);
  • Direct and support the work of the Advancement Associate;
  • Participate in the planning and execution of all fundraising events;
  • Support the forte Advisory Council and grow the membership program;
  • Work with the CAO to develop an efficient prospect portfolio management system for the Board of Directors and staff;
  • Participate in activities on and off campus to ensure the cultivation and stewardship of donors and prospects;
  • Work with the Finance Department and the Executive Office to regularly produce financial reports and reconciliations;
  • Develop strong, professional, interpersonal relationships with colleagues, donors and community members;
  • Attend meetings and serve on teams, as assigned;
  • Other duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management or an arts related field required with significant experience in nonprofit fundraising.

Related Experience
The successful candidate will have: 3–5 years of professional experience with nonprofit fundraising; excellent writing skills and attention to detail; ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work to meet deadlines; outstanding interpersonal skills and verbal communication; and the ability to work independently as well as communicate projects to supervisor and other team members.

How To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume/CV and the names of three (3) relevant references, electronic submissions preferred, to:

Emily Foster Day, Chief Advancement Officer

Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

References will not be contacted without permission of the applicant.


Boston Center for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The BCA prohibits discrimination based upon an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Apply by:
February 22, 2019
Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package is available to all full-time employees.
About this Organization:
Boston Center for the Arts is an historic nonprofit performing and visual arts complex that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new work; builds new audiences and connects art to community.

BCA is located in Boston's South End, the largest landmark district in the United States. BCA is a four acre complex that includes: The Cyclorama, built in 1884 to display a panorama painting, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 23,000 square foot Cyclorama rotunda is now the site of exhibitions, performances and community events and houses the Community Music Center of Boston, the Art Connection, the Boston Ballet Costume Shop, three small theaters and a rehearsal studio. The Tremont Estates Building, originally an organ factory built in 1850, now houses over 50 artist studios, the Mills Gallery, two rehearsal spaces and Banyan Bar + Refuge. Boston Ballet's headquarters, a 1991 building designed by noted architect Graham Gund, houses rehearsal and administrative spaces, and a ballet school. For more information, please visit,