Mosesian Center for the Arts

321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Date Posted:
July 03, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Development


The Director of Development is responsible for planning and leading all fundraising initiatives of the organization. This includes individual donations, grants, gifts, sponsorships, capital campaigns, in-kind donations, and other contributed income. This full-time position requires strong organizational, financial, and communication skills, and excellent attention to detail and deadlines. The Director of Development works closely with and reports directly to the Executive Director and may lead and supervise a small development staff and volunteers. Frequent interaction is required with finance, marketing, and programming staff.

Like the great majority of nonprofit arts organizations, MCA has lost significant income since March 2020. This role is an opportunity for a team-oriented professional to join an established, well-respected, and growing arts organization as we reopen and rebuild.


  • Strengthen and diversify the organization’s base of contributors (individual, foundation, governmental, and corporate)
  • Annually draft and implement an aspirational yet achievable development plan and budget
  • Meet and preferably exceed fundraising goals, as detailed in the annual budget
  • Organize and maintain effective development systems and record-keeping to accurately track current and prospective contributors and to report all fundraising income
  • Prepare and properly submit all grant and sponsorship correspondence, applications, and reports, and research new funding opportunities, working with other staff to develop narratives and collect information as necessary
  • Plan and execute a year-end annual appeal, including development of collateral pieces and mailing list, and follow-up letters of acknowledgement
  • Plan and execute an annual fundraising benefit, working with the Executive Director and an Event Committee; suggest other events that may contribute to fundraising goals
  • Working with the Executive Director, plan and execute an annual Members meeting
  • Working with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, plan and execute capital campaigns and identify naming opportunities
  • Manage raffle and auction activities and ensure compliance with governing laws and regulations
  • Identify and solicit program book advertisers
  • Coordinate and execute all in-kind donation requests and acknowledgements
  • Draft and send timely and accurate acknowledgements to all contributors
  • Working with the Executive Director and Development Committee of the Board of Directors, determine and fulfill donor and sponsor benefits throughout the season
  • Working with the Executive Director, hire any direct reports and supervise their performance
  • Report at least monthly to the Development Committee and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Assist in expanding the organization’s community presence through outreach activities
  • Align development-related communications with organizational branding and contribute to providing ongoing evaluation of key organizational messaging
  • Represent the organization externally in partnership with the Executive Director, staff, and Board of Directors


  • Three (3) or more years’ experience working in nonprofit fundraising
  • Passion for the arts and some familiarity with the local and Greater Boston community and its residents
  • Past success in achieving fundraising goals and motivating support staff, board members, and/or volunteers
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial and narrative reports
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and communications skills, in both public speaking and writing
  • High degree of attention to detail and accuracy
  • High level of resourcefulness, initiative, and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to be flexible and collaborative
  • Understanding of the value of donor relationships
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications
  • College degree or equivalent training/experience preferred

How To Apply:

Please submit a letter or email of interest with your resume to Executive Darren Farrington

Apply by:
July 31, 2021
$68,000 - $72,000
About this Organization:
The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a vibrant multi-disciplinary arts organization bringing performing and visual arts education, exhibitions, professional theater, live music, and other arts events to the Greater Boston area.