Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time




67 Alleghany Street
United States


Fenway High School

Fenway is a small public high school in Boston. It was founded in 1983 as an alternative program and became one of Boston’s first Pilot Schools in 1995. As a Pilot School, Fenway is granted autonomy over budget, scheduling, staffing, and curriculum with the expectation that it will serve as a laboratory for innovation. Fenway demonstrates that an urban school with a diverse student population—in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, academic achievement—can maintain both a strong school community and high academic standards. Fenway’s vitality, innovative programming and respectful school culture have made it a model for urban education across the country.

For more information on Fenway High School, visit our website at:


The office of Development and School Partnerships is responsible for raising essential funds to support Fenway High School.  Each year the office raises about 15% of Fenway’s total budget from private philanthropic sources to support essential programs such as:  college advising, arts, after school tutoring, and SAT prep. The school receives a standard funding allocation through the Boston public school district, but some of its basic functions as well as special programming is supported by grant funders, individual donors, volunteers, community organizations and sponsors. The Development and School Partnerships office provides a platform for these connections, and the essence of its work is to create and maintain effective relationships with all the people who contribute or have the potential to contribute to the school.

The Development Director will lead the Office of Development & School Partnerships in carrying out a variety of functions and projects on behalf of the students, faculty, development committee and governing board of Fenway High School. Currently the Office has one full time employee in addition to the Director’s position.

Position Overview

The Director of Development will work with the Head of School, members of the Development Committee and the Board of Trustees to maximize current funding potential, develop partnerships, and develop new revenue opportunities.  The Director will develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge of Fenway High School, its history and practices and be an advocate and spokesperson for the school.


The Development Director will:

  • Manage and steward the portfolio of current donors
  • Cultivate prospects and relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Identify, research and cultivate a range of funding sources, including foundations, corporate partnerships, and individual donors
  • Update the development database (Fenway uses eTapestry software)
  • Create a communication strategy and oversee the development of collateral including the annual report, newsletters, case statements, the annual appeal, invitations, social media and the website
  • Write grant proposals and reports to funders
  • Plan and execute events including an annual fundraiser
  • Oversee the basic functions of the development office including the processing of gifts and prompt acknowledgement of gifts
  • Supervise the development associate and where appropriate, volunteers
  • Plan meetings of the development committee and the capital campaign committee
  • Manage and steward the Advisory Council

The Development Director will:

  • Serve on the school’s Lead Team
  • Oversee alumni relations
  • Participate in full faculty meetings including the annual faculty retreat
  • Participate in school events as much as possible including: community days, Project Week, assemblies


The candidate must have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Three to five years advancement experience
  • Proficiency with eTapestry  or similar fundraising software
  • Superb oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to manage multiple complex projects
  • Excellent organizational skills, including time management, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines

Skills and Traits

  • Results and detail oriented, a problem-solver, accurate.
  • Able to take initiative and work independently but also be a team player.
  • Integrity and confidentiality essential
  • Experience working collaboratively and collegially with a diverse group of individuals that includes members of the development committee, Board of Trustees, donors, partners, faculty and staff, students and parents.
  • Patience, persistence, resourcefulness, and a sense of humor.

This job is in a small school environment filled with the liveliness and the diversity of urban adolescents.

Fenway High School is located at 67 Alleghany Street in Mission Hill.  

Terms of Employment

This is a full time position with excellent benefits.

How to Apply  

Submit a cover letter and resume to Geoff Walker, Head of School at: See website at

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree