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:
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.
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.
in-person cultivation, briefing, and solicitation meetings independently, and
in partnership with volunteers and staff.
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.
and maintain a comprehensive and strategic grants calendar for staff execution.
a continuous prospect pipeline through systematic identification, research and
evaluation of prospective individual, corporate and foundation donors.
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.
regular progress reports towards key department performance metrics to the
executive director. Quarterly presentations to the board-led campaign
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.
with Programming department to discover and create opportunities for donor
funding, donor events, and focused grant writing.
years of progressive development experience including direct supervision of
securing Major Gifts using a strategic moves management process.
in PowerPoint, Word, Excel and database management. Experience with RE NXT is a
in building and managing a portfolio of individual, corporate and/or foundation
coordinating donor engagement events and/or communications.
with fundraising office administration (best-practice, protocol, procedures,
and record/data management).
diplomacy, verbal and written communication skills, time management, and
attention to detail.
to work occasional evenings and weekends.
interpersonal and relationship-building skills with a record of working
flexibly and effectively within teams, including C-suite executives.
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:
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 email@example.com.
information about the Bostonian Society and the Old State House, visit www.bostonhistory.org.
January 06, 2020
$90,000 to $130,000 depending on experience
About this Organization:
Our mission: The Bostonian Society brings people together to explain the vital debates about self-government that were sparked at Boston’s Old State House during the Revolutionary Era, and that still animate our civic life today. We sustain and share the Old State House and our collections to inspire generations to come.
What we do: 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”.