826 Boston seeks an experienced and collaborative development professional to serve as the Development and Events Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for an emerging leader to further develop their front-line fundraising skills at an organization that is committed to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion goals into every role. The Development and Events Manager role is a full-time, exempt position that reports directly to the Development Director.
About 826 Boston:
826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life. Our high-impact programs are based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can occur with one-on-one attention, and that writing skills are fundamental to future success.
826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, co-founded by the award-winning author Dave Egger and educator Nínive Clements Calegari, that was named in GOOD Magazine’s “30 Places We Want to Work.” Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 29,000 students and has been recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, including A Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” by The Boston Globe. In 2014, the 826 network garnered the American Literacy Prize from the Library of Congress for its pioneering work to eradicate illiteracy in the United States.
Interested candidates may apply here: https://826boston.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=44
Donor and Funder Relations
-Work closely with the Development Director to oversee the stewardship of 826 Boston’s donors and funders including supporting and attending meetings or gatherings.
-Oversee donor gift processing, including data entry and donor thank yous.
-Serve as 826 Boston’s point person for the donor database (SalesForce), including data management, producing reports and dashboards, research, and gift processing.
-Manage a portfolio of mid-level donors, including prospecting, creating a communications plan, making solicitations, and stewardship.
-Act as point person and manager for 826 Boston’s application to the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program. If granted, manage the application and selection process for the runners and support them in their fundraising goals.
-Partner with the Development Director to host at least one donor education event in support of 826 Boston’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan.
-Lead up to two annual fundraisers: in past years these have included the Half Half Half Half Half Marathon, Eat Your Words, and Trivia for Cheaters.
-Play an integral role in the event planning of 826 Boston’s two major fundraising events, including registration and live auction (when applicable), and event follow-up. Serve as the point person with 826 Boston’s event-planning company.
-Support the Development Director with the planning and execution of three to four major donor cultivation parties per year.
-Analyze trends in donor giving and work with the Development Director to implement a cultivation plan for past event attendees.
Development Team Support:
-Supervise the Donor and Data Specialist through AmeriCorps VISTA. Manage recruitment, training, and onboarding of one development intern per semester.
-Write and submit five grants per year.
-Develop expertise in and serve as the point of contact for 826 Boston’s online gift platform, Classy.org.
-Prepare bank deposits.
-Support the Development Director with duties associated with 826 Boston fundraising campaigns, such as donor research and meeting preparation.
The ideal candidate is a creative problem solver, a strong project manager, has a sense of humor, is flexible, and is someone who is excited to talk with people about the great work of 826 Boston so they can support the important mission of 826 Boston. If it excites you to talk about an organization that you're passionate about, this is the job for you.
Skills and experiences:
-At least three years of professional fundraising experience
-Event-planning experience, and the ability to coordinate complex timelines
-Strong verbal and written communications skills, including a keen eye for proofreading
-Must be able to work independently, adapt to changing priorities, and multi-task to meet deadlines
-Ability to build, cultivate, and steward relationships with key constituencies
- Ability to participate in open communication to build community and foster team goals to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
-Positive attitude, solid time-management, and organizational skills
-Proficiency with SalesForce and Excel, or similar donor-management platforms
-Comfort with speaking about 826 Boston to donors by phone and in-person
-Willingness to make individual fundraising asks (training provided)
-Enthusiastic belief in the mission of 826 Boston and the ability to communicate that mission with others.
Salary and Benefits: $60,000 per year. Benefits include generous paid time off (including vacation, sick leave, holidays, and winter break); health and dental insurance (826 Boston covers 80% of premiums); parental leave; professional development funds, and others.
This is an exempt, full-time position that reports to the Development Director. 826 Boston is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a multicultural organization. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is April 20, 2021. Interested candidates should apply here: https://826boston.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=44
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