Senior Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000
Maximum: $60,000
Details: Advancement is absolutely possible based on performance and fit.



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


RIA House, Inc. is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Framingham, with an ancillary office in downtown Worcester, serving Boston’s MetroWest and beyond. Our mission is to stand with and support women with experience in the commercial sex trade and its associated exploitation, trafficking, and prostitution, by providing a range of community-based services. RIA House uses a survivor-engaged, clinical team approach, with small caseloads, and the capacity to provide mobile support to women as they move through their lives. Our model, Sisters Leading Sisters, is one of accompaniment in a journey towards wholeness and healing. 


Our priority goal is to sustain and grow our work over the next several years. Towards this end, we are looking to hire a dynamic and unique Senior Development Associate to help us deepen the relationships we have with our current donor base of individuals, foundations, grants, and partnership organizations; while we also hope to grow our donor base substantially over the next year or so.

Position Description 

The Senior Associate working with the Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, is primarily responsible for the development and management of current and new individual donors, grant relationships, and two annual fundraising events. S/he will maintain a portfolio of prospects and donors and will play a central role in building the fundraising capacity of the organization.

Essential Job Functions

·     Personally cultivate and solicit gifts, and accompany others on cultivation and solicitation visits.

·     Build relationships with current donor base while developing new relationships ongoing, including with Foundation staff.

·     Coordinate and manage the cultivation and solicitation activities of individual donor gifts; work with appropriate volunteers and staff in the cultivation and solicitation process.

·     Manage and build with ED and Vice Chair of Board an aggressive grant application and reporting calendar.

·     Build his/her own portfolio of prospects and donors.

·     Manage and monitor progress on, so as to meet, revenue goals as approved by Board.

·     Work closely with the ED and Vice Chair of Board in identifying, recruiting, and developing stewardship and solicitation strategies for the Board of Directors.

·     Work closely with ED and Vice Chair of Board to deliver and grow two annual fundraising events.

·     Attend Board meetings as required and provide Board support as needed.

·     Work with the ED, Vice Chair of Board, and other volunteers to develop and manage specific solicitation and application strategies.

·     Work closely with marketing volunteers to create and implement relevant donor solicitation materials ongoing.


Skills and Experience

·     Demonstrated commitment to understanding the process of healing from complex sexualized trauma and neglect, addiction, and/or chronic homelessness.

·     Demonstrated experience in managing and delivering successful fundraising and development plans.

·     Practice in building one-on-one relationships with major donors.

·     Flexible and positive attitude when working with others of all backgrounds and experiences.

·     Willingness and serious interest to be involved in a growing nonprofit organization.


·     Bachelor degree, or equivalent education and experience.

·     Experience managing individual giving campaigns, including major gifts.

·     Superior interpersonal skills, with the ability to be an effective team player and develop high quality relationships with a variety of passionate constituencies, including Board members, donors, staff, and participants.

·     Excellent oral and written communications skills.

·     Strong leadership and interpersonal skills. A sense of humor a must!

·     Working knowledge of electronic databases.

·     Effective management skills, with the ability to balance several tasks simultaneously including a rigorous grant application and event calendar.

·     Ability to both operate autonomously and to follow direction when appropriate.

·     Ability to apply existing techniques imaginatively and entrepreneurially.


Hours and Benefits

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours with some evenings and weekends required. Consultation a possibility. Benefits include personal time (3 weeks), paid sick time (1 week), and mileage reimbursement. Compensation is between $50-$60K/annually depending on experience. Position is grant funded and renewed annually based on the availability of funding and performance. Advancement is possible.



RIA House is headquartered in Framingham with a secondary office in Worcester. Associate will work between these two locations.


RIA House, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks, trains, and promotes candidates from diverse backgrounds including people with lived experience, women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities. We seek to hire people from various cultures, nationalities, and ethnicities who bring a range of backgrounds, beliefs, personal experiences, and interests to the organization. RIA House believes that our differences inspire us to learn and grow, and enrich each of our lives by deepening our relationships with the people whom we do business.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please include a detailed cover letter of interest with related experience, and a current resume/CV to Share with us who you are and why you are a fit for this position. Applications will be received through August 17th.