Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



Jamaica Plain
United States


Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) builds inclusive communities that span generations and cultures to prevent and relieve isolation and loneliness. Our intergenerational programs bring students and older adults together for weekly social activities in senior housing buildings across Boston. These programs provide opportunities for older adults to meaningfully engage with their neighbors and community. LBFE believes that everybody has something to teach and learn, give and receive.

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly celebrates the diversity of those we serve, and we seek to build a team that reflects that diversity. We encourage individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position, and we do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.


We are seeking a Development Manager to help improve LBFE’s fundraising capabilities in support of growth to serve more older adults. The Development Manager (DM) will work with the Executive Director to set the development strategy for the organization. The DM will work collaboratively with the Executive Director, Board, and staff to execute that strategy. In addition, the DM will enhance the systems and processes necessary to support a robust development function and ensure that departmental goals are met.



  • Work with the Executive Director to create a long-term development strategy (including major gifts solicitation, donor retention and growth, foundation support, sponsorship, and planned giving) that will support the organizational strategic plan
  • Create strong systems for managing relationships with prospects and supporters, and ensuring customized communication and follow-up involving donor visitation, tours, direct mail, phone, and email
  • Manage event committee and vendors for annual fundraising event, starting with our 40th Anniversary Gala in 2018.
  • Manage all aspects of LBFE's direct mail and online program (seasonal and EOY appeals, summer sweepstakes, annual report, monthly donors)
  • Help develop fundraising collateral and stakeholder messaging that attracts long-term investment
  • Train staff and volunteers to ensure consistency and accuracy of message
  • Collect data as needed for reports to funders and the Board
  • Manage fundraising database
  • Coordinate with contracted grant writer for foundation support
  • Co-Supervise Volunteer Program Assistant for data entry, gift acknowledgement, donor calls, and event follow up


  • Commitment and belief in our mission to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly
  • Strong organization skills and work ethic
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that translate to all of LBFE's different stakeholders combined with outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to understanding and communicating effectively across cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities
  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years development experience


  • Establishing focus
  • Attention to communication
  • Persuasive communication
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Results orientation
  • Driving innovation

How to Join Our Team:

Please email resume and cover letter to our Executive Director, Nikki Therrien, at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Full health insurance coverage

Full dental insurance coverage

Life insurance

Generous time off policy

Retirement matching up to 3% after 2 years of employment

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter to Nikki Therrien, Executive Director.