Career Opportunity

Director of Development, New England

Website facing history and ourselves

facing history and ourselves

Position: Director of Development, New England

Reports to: Managing Director, Advancement

Location: Greater Boston (Hybrid, occasional in person work required)

Status: Full time; Exempt

Start date: Immediate

Facing History and Ourselves is a global education non-profit organization that challenges teachers and students to use lessons of history to stand up to bigotry and hate.

The Director will lead and manage a small team of development professionals with a focus on advancing the fundraising work in the region. They will have personal responsibility for managing a portfolio of donors and prospects. In addition, they will work to cultivate and steward a pipeline of donors, of all types and at all levels, and advance Facing History’s visibility and profile in the region.

This role will collaborate on best practices with the broader Facing History network and embrace a culture of learning and growth. The Director is an integral part of the Facing History team, ready to roll up their sleeves to work towards what is good and what is right for the organization. Joining a worldwide fundraising team of over 30 people in nine regions, the Director reports to the Managing Director, Advancement and will work to strategically grow the regional development effort to meet and exceed their ambitious fundraising goals, currently set at 4.1 million dollars.

Who you are: You are a lifelong learner and a fundraising and relationship management expert who shares our passion for education, youth and community. You can communicate our mission effectively and convey urgency for our work. You are confident in your abilities to build relationships and secure funding for a worthy cause. You are an experienced leader and coach who is energized by the success of your team. You bring your experience and unique perspective to make us stronger together. You thrive in a team environment, bringing both strong collaboration skills and independent initiative.

Who We Are: We are an experienced and professional Development team who care deeply about the mission and work of our organization. We are highly collaborative, both within our team and across all geographies, to ensure the effective implementation of Facing History’s development strategies. We benefit from sharing and support through Facing History’s national development team and partnerships and learning from other geographies in order to ensure the effective local implementation of our larger development strategies. We depend on clear communication, commitment to each other as a team, positive energy, and a collaborative spirit.

Responsibilities Include:

Lead Regional Development efforts

Work with the Senior Director, Principal Gifts and the Executive Director to generate and execute regional fundraising goals to fulfill organization-wide strategic plan.

Serve as primary manager for a portfolio of current and potential individual donors with an emphasis on identifying and growing a portfolio focused on new donors

Responsible for strategy and supervision of all elements related to management of the NE Development office (staff supervision, fundraising goals, internal communications, etc.)

Participate as part of a local and national/international team to carry out Facing History’s fundraising strategy and achieve revenue goals for the NE region.

Responsible for strategy and supervision of all local NE events including donor gatherings, corporate events and other community partnerships

Engage targeted constituencies through additional events, programs and activities that deepen donor engagement and revenue growth, including new private individual and corporate events

Oversee all logistics and grow leadership and revenue through small and large development events

In close partnership with the Executive Director, work with the NE Advisory Board, communicating Facing History’s financial model, building board development strategies, providing stewardship and support to Board members, identifying and cultivating new members, and overseeing sub-committee activities.

Support other aspects of fundraising as needed.

Essential Skills, Qualifications and Competencies:

Facing History understands that restrictive job requirements may exclude historically marginalized groups from applying to jobs for which they are qualified. We take an equitable and holistic screening approach. If you feel you have demonstrated experience and expertise relevant to perform this role, please don’t hesitate to apply!

At least 5+ years of nonprofit development experience or relationship management experience, with demonstrated success in major gifts work, including closing high level gifts and knowledge of moves-management fundraising. Must be able to demonstrate past successes as a major gift fundraiser.

Engaging relationship-builder with excellent interpersonal skills and strong oral and written communication skills; experience building relationships with Board members preferred.

Event strategy and management experience

Creative and flexible self-starter able to work both individually and as a member of consensus-seeking teams.

Organized and effective project manager, with the ability to manage multiple needs and assignments in a fast-paced nonprofit setting.

Genuine commitment to the mission of Facing History and Ourselves and ability to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to a variety of audiences

Proficiency with Google office suite; experience with Salesforce or other fundraising databases required

Experience in staff management required

BA/BS degree or equivalent experience

Benefits Summary: In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical with a health reimbursement account, dental, vision, life & AD&D, long-term & short-term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with a discretionary organizational contribution, generous paid time off, an employee assistance program, travel assistance plan, pre-tax commuter spending accounts, flexible spending accounts, voluntary Colonial Life group plans, robust wellness programs through Welnys TV, aHealthyMe & weekly virtual yoga and meditation, WellCents 403(b) advisement, and a friendly hybrid work environment.

Facing History values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Facing History’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. At Facing History, we honor and value the uniqueness of each and every human being. Our strength as an organization that provides and distributes educational content and pedagogy to teachers across the globe is directly tied to our diversity of staff, leadership, educators, students, scholars, and volunteers. Our commitment is to treat individuals with dignity and to build and maintain a community of full participation, inclusive of the voices, needs, and contributions of all. As an organization, we are deeply aware of the legacies of injustices that persist in society and in the workplace, and we value and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their association with excellence.

Hybrid Work Model: Facing History and Ourselves operates in a hybrid work model, allowing staff flexibility in both schedules and work locations. This particular position is attached to the New England office and requires in-person and in-office work as needed, but will otherwise work from home, though you may access an office work space whenever needed. Some travel may be required.

COVID Protocol at Facing History: At Facing History and Ourselves, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including any boosters required to be “up-to-date” per current CDC guidelines. All new employees must provide proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Requests for medical or religious exemptions should be directed to our Sr. Director, Human Resources.