Revolutionary Spaces

206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109

Date Posted:
December 09, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Development

The Bostonian Society has recently embarked upon a dynamic phase of growth that includes a bold mission and strategic plan (adopted 2018) and also a planned merger with Old South Meeting House, an equally significant founding-era historic site located just two blocks away (expected December 2019). As we approach the 250th anniversary of our nation’s independence in 2026, we see an unparalleled opportunity to leverage the close proximity and intertwined stories of these uniquely significant historic sites to bring people of all backgrounds together in fresh, dynamic, and more inclusive ways in order to explore the American struggle to create and sustain a free society.
About the campaign
     To capitalize this new vision for public history in Boston, the Bostonian Society has launched a multi-year comprehensive campaign. The campaign will provide funding for capital investments, including a cultural campus connecting the Old State House and Old South Meeting House; signature programming that uses contemporary modes of storytelling to excite imagination; targeted investments in organizational infrastructure and capacity; endowment growth; and ongoing operating support.
     The Director of Development (DOD) will join the Bostonian Society at an inflection point in the Society’s history. Under new leadership, the Bostonian Society has raised $5.1 million to-date toward the initial campaign working goal. The incoming DOD will have the full support of the executive director and the board of governors to continue this success by developing a high-caliber individual-giving engagement program that reflects the Bostonian Society’s mission, goals, and bold strategic plan. In these efforts, the DOD will assist the executive director in driving an ongoing organization-wide conversation about vision, strategy, and goals for development.
About the Position
The DOD will lead a team of three full-time staff, be a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and report directly to the Executive Director. The DOD will work closely with board members, volunteers, campaign counsel, and also cross-departmentally with programming and administrative staff. The DOD is responsible for the overall management, planning, and implementation of our comprehensive fundraising program across multiple initiatives: multi-year comprehensive campaign, annual fund, membership development, corporate sponsorship, major gifts, government funding, and institutional giving.

Specific duties include:

  • · Develop and execute an annual strategic development plan to achieve campaign goals. Regularly evaluate progress with executive director and campaign counsel to identify areas needing additional focus.

    · Manage and coordinate an engagement and stewardship program that includes one-on-one meetings, events, regular communications and reports, and other initiatives to cultivate and inform prospective donors.

    · Conduct in-person cultivation, briefing, and solicitation meetings independently, and in partnership with volunteers and staff.

    · Supervise, coach, and motivate a three-person development team to take personal ownership for their individual deliverables, including the annual campaign, corporate outreach, special events and membership development, with an eye to increasing community support and building future major gift prospect pipeline.

    · Build and maintain a comprehensive and strategic grants calendar for staff execution.

    · Build a continuous prospect pipeline through systematic identification, research and evaluation of prospective individual, corporate and foundation donors.

    · Ensure back-office operations best-practices, including: accurate and timely recording of all forms of donor contact; appropriate letters and outreach for each level of donor; and monthly reconciliation between Development and Finance.

    · Present regular progress reports towards key department performance metrics to the executive director. Quarterly presentations to the board-led campaign committee.

    · Work with members of Senior Leadership Team to foster cross-department coordination and support for development efforts. Report on fundraising status for current programs as well as encouraging early identification of emerging priorities.

    · Collaborate with Programming department to discover and create opportunities for donor funding, donor events, and focused grant writing.


· 7-10 years of progressive development experience including direct supervision of staff.

· Experience securing Major Gifts using a strategic moves management process.

· Proficient in PowerPoint, Word, Excel and database management. Experience with RE NXT is a plus.

· Experience in building and managing a portfolio of individual, corporate and/or foundation donors.

· Experience coordinating donor engagement events and/or communications.

· Familiar with fundraising office administration (best-practice, protocol, procedures, and record/data management).

· Excellent diplomacy, verbal and written communication skills, time management, and attention to detail.

· Willingness/ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

· Proven interpersonal and relationship-building skills with a record of working flexibly and effectively within teams, including C-suite executives.

Physical Requirements:

The work of this position takes place both in a regular office environment and at a historic site. Some staff offices are located on the third floor of a 300-year-old historic building without an elevator. Incumbent should be able to carry office supplies up and down stairs.

How To Apply:

Application Requirements:

Application requires a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample of a solicitation or grant excerpt (one page). Interested candidates should send their complete application to

For more information about the Bostonian Society and the Old State House, visit

Apply by:
January 06, 2020
$90,000 to $130,000 depending on experience
About this Organization:

Revolutionary Spaces connects people to the history and personal practice of democracy through an encounter with two of the nation’s most important Revolutionary sites, Boston’s Old State House and the Old South Meeting House.

We believe that each person has an important role to play in sustaining democracy and shaping our shared society. Through our interpretive programming – exhibits, tours, theatrical performances, visual art installations, and facilitated conversations – we seek to inspire all people to wrestle with the question of how to draw the circle of “We” in “We the People”.