Career Opportunity

Assistant Director of Development and Communications

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Where All Children Thrive

About Ellis
Ellis (formerly known as Ellis Memorial) is a vibrant, Boston-based nonprofit with a rich history founded in 1885. Ellis provides high-quality early education and care for infants, toddlers, and preschool children. Ellis is among the most socio-economically, racially, and culturally diverse organizations serving children in Boston. Through a partnership with Boston Public Schools, it operates two high-performing K1 (UPK) classrooms. Ellis serves over 270 children annually at its campus in the South End and a satellite location in Jamaica Plain. Learn more about us at
The role of the Assistant Director of Development and Communications is new to Ellis and will provide robust development support in keeping with the organization’s culture. The ideal candidate is drawn to Ellis’s mission and thrives on a small team in dynamic environments. Ellis is a hands-on agency and all employees, at every level of the organization, are required to stretch beyond their job descriptions to support our programs when needed. As part of a development team of three, the Assistant Director of
Development and Communications will play a critical role in all areas of development, with various opportunities to add value in all aspects of fundraising.
 Manages new and existing annual events such the main fall fundraiser (10/27/22), and 1-2 spring fundraising events and special cultivation events, as needed.
 Fully involved in the conception of events as part of the Advancement team.
 Responsible for event budgeting, results analysis, and vendor contract negotiations.
 “Connects the dots” between event data such as registration to giving records of participants whether they simply purchase tickets and tables or use the event to make their annual gift.
 Responsible for event logistics such as coordinating/confirming tech arrangements, securing and keeping track of promotional materials such as gifts for participants, awards for honored guests, etc.
 Responsible for scheduling and leading related Advancement team meetings to ensure that timelines and deadlines are set, communicated and met to keep all aspects of events moving smoothly.

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