Senior Director of Development (Boston, MA)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Negotiable



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Boston, Massachusetts
United States


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Title: Senior Director of Development (Boston, MA)
Office: Boston, MA
Location: Boston, MA
Career Stage: Senior Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Type: Regular Full-Time


Reporting to the market-based Director of Development, Mid Level Giving, the Senior Director of Development (Boston, MA) will play a critical role in the rapid growth of Year Up to serve more students. The Senior Director of Development (Boston, MA) will individually, through managing a team, and by leveraging Year Up shared services resources, raise and steward a supporter and mid-level revenue portfolio (donors with the capacity to give up to $10,000 annually), collect cash, execute fundraising events, and coordinate alumni and volunteer fundraising activities, in support of the Year Up mission and ongoing operations and strategic initiatives.

As an ideal candidate, you will bring experience in varied fundraising roles, staff management, and balancing multiple priorities. In order to be successful in this role, you will have exceptional organizational and communication skills, high initiative and the ability to work independently, and a high level of professionalism. The Senior Director of Development (Boston, MA) will have the opportunity to develop staff, and execute programs for supporter and mid-level donor programs. The Senior Director of Development (Boston, MA) may manage a small assigned portfolio of individual major gifts.

The Senior Director of Development (Boston, MA) will also interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.



  • Manage market-based individual giving staff, and independently call and meet with prospects and existing individual donors with a capacity of $1k-250k who are likely to pledge gifts of $1k-25k.
  • Solicit and steward segments of supporter and mid-level gifts through direct response campaigns and events
  • Working with Site Operations, prepare budget and update cash projections, progress to goals reports; supervise data management activities to ensure accurate information in Salesforce
  • Manage staff who engage foundation/institutional funders, steward relationships, and raise foundation and public funding revenue, with collaboration of shared-grants writers
  • Oversee volunteer programs; Actively and consistently examine pool of volunteers, event attendees, and annual fund and mid-level for giving opportunities
  • Coordinate direct response (email, direct mail) programs and development-related marketing / collateral needs in collaboration with the NTL Annual Fund Manager
  • Coordinate both alumni giving and alumni participation in solicitation efforts
  • Organize and supervise all fundraising visits to the site
  • Manage or oversee logistics for all fundraising events, including small events and house parties.
  • Data management: Ensure data quality and regency in Salesforce; run reports
  • Create annual calendar of events including, but not limited to: site open houses, leadership breakfasts, house parties, and employer volunteer days.
  • Serve as point person for local advisory Board Members, particularly regarding information for Board and Committee meetings
  • Collaborate with the Director of Philanthropy and the Executive Director on creating opportunities for meaningful engagement of current advisory board members
  • Other duties as assigned

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as a coach/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • Minimum 6 years' development work experience, preferably with managing small teams
  • Ability to successfully engage, cultivate, and steward long-term partnerships that will ensure the philanthropic success of Year Up.
  • Capacity for strategic leadership and vision to work with senior leadership on fundraising priorities and to use moves management and metrics to ensure accountability.
  • Effectiveness in independent and team work, with assiduous attention to sharing information with others.
  • Exceptional writing and presentation skills
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint. Experience in Salesforce or donor database preferred.
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Exceptional relationship builder
  • Strong execution and follow-up
  • Superb organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Highly self-motivated, accountable and able to make decisions independently
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment; ability to adapt accordingly to unanticipated changes
  • Ability to independently plan, kick-off and monitor events and projects
  • A passion for working with urban young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental, and 401(k) match
  • Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives


Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by providing young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high support, high expectations model that combines hands-on technical and professional skills, educational stipends, college-level coursework, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies.

Year Up currently serves young adults in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida, and Wilmington and will serve more than 3,000 students in 2017 nationwide.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The Non-Profit Times for six consecutive years, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people.

Year Up participates in E-Verify.

Please visit to learn more about working at Year Up, and to see a list of current opportunities.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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