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Associate Director of Development Job Description

Purpose: The Associate Director of Development is responsible for managing the Development Office operations and staff.

Reporting Relationships: This position reports to the Vice President of Development of the MHS.


To manage the day to day operations and staff of the Development Office charged with raising gifts and grants totaling over $3M annually from members, donors, and corporate & foundation funders.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • · Senior Development Associate (Annual Fund, Grants Management, Event support: Gala; donor appreciation and cultivation events)
  • · Donor Engagement Manager (Membership, Event support: Gala; donor appreciation and cultivation events, Gala Committee)
  • · Gifts and Database Manager (Gift Processing, Database Administration, Prospect Research, Wealth Screening, Reporting)
  • · Potential future hires and interns

Major Responsibilities:

  • Participate in and serve as staff support for Development Committee of the Board meetings
  • Develops, monitors, and evaluates specific fundraising concepts, including solicitation strategies, donor communications, cultivation, stewardship, events, reports, and other related activities
  • Develops and executes strategies to achieve growth goals for the MHS Fund and membership
  • Tracks the growth of the institution’s fundraising program, projects future revenues and expenses, and determines organizational priorities in collaboration with the Vice President
  • In collaboration with the VP of Communications, contributes to and oversees the preparation of persuasive and professional development-related communication materials
  • Develops, administers, and reports on department budget
  • Process Planned Giving agreements
  • Designs, implements, and manages development infrastructure to support fundraising activities
  • Periodically attends evening and weekend events hosted by the Development Department or MHS
  • Completes other duties as assigned

Key Contacts

External – Chairs of the Development and Gala Committees, Trustees and Overseers, higher level donors, Members, Fellows, prospects, government agencies, community groups, public officials, and corporate and foundation representatives

Internal – President and senior-level Cabinet members



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Graduate degree in Nonprofit Management or related field a plus


  • Minimum of 7 years of increasingly more responsible senior positions in fundraising management
  • Demonstrated success managing direct reports
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing successful annual fund programs that raised $1,000,000+ annually, a membership program, and/or major fundraising events
  • Writing fundraising materials, correspondence, and/or proposals


  • Technical competency with industry-standard software (i.e., Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Constant Contact, Zoom, Issuu, WebEx, etc.)
  • Strong management skills to motivate and hold staff accountable for deliverables
  • Discernment in autonomous decision-making and a keen business sense
  • Ability to work collaboratively with volunteer leadership, donors, and other staff
  • Strong planning and organization skills with ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to maintain a “big picture” perspective while effectively managing the details
  • Understanding of finance within the context of fundraising
  • Seasoned writing skills for crafting creative and compelling communications
  • Proficiency with Blackbaud Altru or other fundraising database software
  • Demonstrated organizational skills in support of Development operations

Added Value

  • Diverse perspective
  • Interest in and fervor for the Society’s mission
  • Excellent sense of humor

Travel: Minimal, within Boston if necessary

Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to: 

Suzanne J. Battit
Senior Vice President, Principal
Development Guild DDI

For more information about Development Guild DDI, please visit


The Society is an equal opportunity employer.

We aim to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. Candidates of all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply. We are committed to creating a work place free from harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by law (also known as membership in a "protected class"). We offer a competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience.