Assistant Director of Donor Relations

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date


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55 Chapel Street
Suite 200
United States


National Brain Tumor Society is the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to the global brain tumor community. We are fiercely committed to our mission of finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for brain tumors. We’ve seen unprecedented progress and momentum to find better treatments. This is an exciting and deeply satisfying time to be part of our agenda for change and a strong, caring community. For over twenty-five years, dating back to the origins of our organization, we have been a strategic funder, advocate, and catalyst for advancing research, improving public policies, and helping all those diagnosed today and anyone who is diagnosed in the future. Some of the most important discoveries in brain tumor research have been attributable at least in part to NBTS, and over the past six years NBTS has achieved a number of victories on the public-policy front that in turn improved the landscape for research to advance. Going forward, NBTS aims to achieve even greater impact toward the goal of delivering medicines to patients who deserve far greater survival and quality of life than they are currently experiencing from time of diagnosis. Organizationally, we have a highly collaborative workplace and believe that teamwork and a great culture are essential to success. 

Summary: The Assistant Director of Donor Relations will work closely with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) to develop, implement, and evaluate all aspects of NBTS’s Donor Relations program. The ideal candidate will have the ability to exercise good judgment and professionalism in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, organizational and people skills, and the ability to balance multiple priorities. The individual must have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and work under pressure to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.

Supervision Exercised: No supervisory duties required.  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all that may be found in positions of this class.)

In partnership with the CDO, create and execute a comprehensive Donor Relations plan that effectively engages and stewards donors and implements best practices across all areas.

  • Ensure consistent, timely and appropriate messaging for donor recognition.
  • Develop content and appropriate templates for stewardship reports and related materials.
  • Manage Donor Relations correspondence such as thank you notes, follow-up notes and invitations to major donors on behalf of the CEO and CDO.
  • Coordinate the development of narrative and financial reports for individual, corporate, and foundation donors, in partnership with colleagues across NBTS.
  • Manage personalized gift acknowledgments from the CDO and CEO.
  • Using our fundraising database (Salesforce), regularly review and audit gift agreements to track next steps and ensure donor intent is fulfilled.
  • Coordinate stewardship, recognition, and cultivation events to create positive experiences for donors, including preparing event plans, budgets, speaking points, schedules, and managing invitations/RSVPs.
  • Develop effective donor recognition strategies, including standardized and individualized projects, that follow best practices.
  • Develop and implement donor recognition standards for collateral materials and gifts.
  • Create and maintain policies related to recognition, naming opportunities, stewardship gifts, and press releases as they relate to donors.
  • Champion effective use of technology for stewardship purposes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience: (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all that may be found in positions of this class.)

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 2-4 years Donor Relations or Development experience required.

Required Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability for writing for a development audience, with strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Event planning and project management experience, preferably in a non-profit or fundraising environment.
  • Proven ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and activities simultaneously.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information, diplomacy, tact, and professionalism in actions and appearance.
  • Strong attention to detail, with a commitment to high quality work.
  • Strong experience Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and databases.
  • Highly detail-oriented, ability to multi-task and manage time well.
  • Team player and quick learner who focuses on high productivity and results.
  • Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality that thrives in a fast-paced fundraising environment.

Work Environment: (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Work performed in an office environment
  • Travel less than 10% of the time 


Here, at the National Brain Tumor Society, we understand that the efforts, experience, and talent of our employees are critical in supporting our continued growth, and allow us to focus on improving the lives of patients, and finding new treatments and ultimately a cure for brain tumors. Headquartered in Newton, MA, we are the largest nonprofit brain tumor organization in the US. We offers full-time employees (and part-time on a pro-rated basis) an impressive highly-competitive benefits package:

  • Sick, Personal, Holiday, Float, and Vacation Pay
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short-Term, Long-Term Disability (100% employer paid)
  • Life Insurance (100% employer paid)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Grief Counseling
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Reimbursement Account
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Onsite Fitness Center

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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