Manager of Events and Donor Engagement (Boston)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Mid to high 50s, commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



500 Amory Street
United States


Overview of the Role


The Manager of Events and Donor Engagements is responsible for ensuring that Bottom Line is providing our donors and prospects in Boston with a variety of way to engage with our programs and students. The primary responsibility of the MEDE is to plan and implement a robust calendar of event and activities that attract, cultivate and steward a diversified donor base, including a signature fundraising event, that raise a significant portion of the budget.


A successful MEDE will be an excellent project manager. They will be able to balance the requirements of an annual signature events with the need to engage donor segments throughout the year in a variety of ways. They will be able to take insights and ideas from the portfolio managers in Boston about donor engagement needs and opportunities and execute them, viewing events as a valuable tool for our front-line fundraisers. They will also be able to work with program focused staff to ensure that our donor engagement activities not only reflect our programs and students authentically but also connect our external stakeholders directly with our work in a meaningful way to our students and programs. They will be a great communicator who can use a variety of media to share our story.


The MEDE reports to the Managing Director of Development. This position is based in our Boston (Jamaica Plain) office with some local travel required.


Key Responsibilities



  • Oversee overall event strategy to ensure that it reflects Bottom Line’s mission, brand and connection to the community
  • With guidance and insight from portfolio managers, build and maintain annual donor engagement calendar that reflects a strong balance of engagement, cultivation and stewardship


Signature Event: Lead the planning and execution of the Annual Spring Dinner. Responsibilities include:

  • Create a detailed 12-month event plan that includes goals, who needs to be involved and in what way, all event logistics and a timeline for execution
  • Oversee internal coordination, manage Progress to Goal reporting for the event in terms of revenue, guest engagement and other critical metrics. 
  • Oversee relationships and coordinate the work of external event vendor(s)
  • Coordinate sponsorship outreach, follow up, benefits tracking and guest list
  • Develop event programming, incorporating ideas from the full Development team; this includes determining key messages, identifying and coordinating speakers, and drafting content
  • Oversee communications plan, including working with appropriate vendor(s) on any event materials such as invitations, programs, signs, follow-up emails, etc.
  • With support from Managing Director or Directors, manage event committee(s)
  • Act as night-of event lead, and oversee a team to support night-of logistics


Year-round Fundraising Events:

  • Manage year-round timeline and events calendar
  • Oversee event communication and outreach, help identify targets constituencies for events
  • With Director of Individual Giving plan and execute “happy hour” events with relevant volunteers towards goals                                
  • Oversee Bottom Line’s participation in the Boston Marathon towards goals, if applicable. Responsible for organizing Marathon Team activities and maximizing fundraising.
  • Support Board-led cultivation events, through assistance on logistics and communication materials
  • Support third-party hosted events, to maximize fundraising for Bottom Line
  • With the Director of Individual Giving and National Manager of Communications, coordinate outreach to small gift donors through specific campaigns throughout the year, including Giving Tuesday.

Volunteer Management and Leadership Groups

  • Serve as staff leader to the Young Professionals Committee
  • Respond to general outreach to Bottom Line from Boston interested contacts



  • Contribute to the overall goals of the Development department by working collaboratively with colleagues on the creation and execution of the annual fundraising plan
  • Advance Bottom Line’s mission and brand
  • Maintain a “students first” perspective, actively building connections with your colleagues on the Program team to build understanding of each other’s work, and more importantly, serve as the best possible advocate for our students and mission
  • Work collaboratively with the National office and other regions on shared projects and opportunities relevant to events and donor communications


Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree