French Library

BOSTON, MA 02116

Date Posted:
March 14, 2023

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Officer

The French Library seeks an enterprising and organized Development Officer to take charge of exciting new activities to expand our donor/supporter base, including event development and donor communications.

Founded in 1945, the French Library of Boston, is a 501(c)3, membership-based organization housed in a beautiful French Revival townhouse in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The French Library has three areas of activity: French language education for students of all ages; French-themed artistic and cultural activities throughout the year; and a library/médiathèque that houses some 32,000 French-language books, periodicals and electronic media, making it the largest private collection in the U.S.

The Development Officer will be joining the French Library at a very exciting time as we have just renovated our brownstone building and reopened under a rebranded identity.

The Development Officer is responsible for:
  • Planning and managing fundraising events, donor appreciation events, and VIP receptions;
  • Planning and executing donor appeal campaigns and donor recognition efforts;
  • Overseeing creation of the Annual Report;
  • Maintaining the donor database;
  • Corresponding with individuals/foundations/corporate donors, including gift acknowledgement letters and foundation reports;
  • Maintaining communications with trustees and committee members on behalf of the Executive Director;
  • Organizing the annual Executive Director’s holiday party.
  • Other occasional assistance as needed to the Executive Director, Membership Manager and Cultural Manager.


    • Prior experience in a professional development/advancement position
    • Fluency or advanced proficiency in French
    • Native level fluency in English
    • Superior attention to detail
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Ability to write clearly, concisely and with conviction
    • Polite and persuasive oral communication skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills and professional presence
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Flexible and responsive
    • Takes initiative and demonstrates follow-through
    • Ability to anticipate short-term and long-term needs
    • Ability to handle confidential information with professionalism
    • Advanced user of the Microsoft Office Suite
    • Familiarity with database systems required
    • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.


    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent 3-year experience minimum required in development or nonprofit administration
    • Experience with event planning desired
    • Experience in a multicultural environment desired

    health and dental coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, term life insurance, paid vacation and sick days, observance of Massachusetts holidays, enrollment in courses offered by the French Library, French Library membership, professional development program.

    How To Apply:
    Please send cover letter and resume to
    Apply by:
    March 28, 2023
    $60,000 - $65,000 / Per year
    About this Organization:
    The French Library of Boston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide French language instruction and cultural programs of the highest quality to inspire our diverse community of children, teens, and adults to explore, understand, and embrace today’s interconnected world.