105 Allston Street
West End House staff identify as passionate and innovative youth development professionals. They view their work as more than just a job. They are driven by equity and inclusion to build meaningful relationships with young people.
West End House seeks a detail-oriented individual with exceptional writing skills to serve as the full-time Development Associate –Corporate and Foundation Relations. This individual will report to the Chief Development Officer and work closely with the development team. The Development Associate will be responsible for all grants and reports (~100 per year) as well as content creation for other communications (newsletter, etc.) in addition to developing and executing on strategies to engage corporations and foundations closely with our work.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work closely and collaboratively with program staff to ensure alignment of goals, objectives and evaluation outcomes for all grant proposals and reports;
- Draft compelling proposals, letters, and reports for up to 100 funders + prospects annually;
- Assemble and submit grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations;
- Stay informed on latest data, trends, and news that strengthens our case for support and positions West End House as a leader in our field.
- Maintain grants calendar, track and meet all deadlines and organize task schedule;
- Track proposal progress using fundraising database;
- Perform ongoing prospect research/outreach to identify and solicit new grant prospects.
Institutional Giving Strategy
- Cultivate and steward corporate and foundation donors and prospects;
- Develop, test, and implement strategies to increase giving from corporate and foundation donors annually;
- Work with the development team to implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy.
- Draft inspiring stories for newsletter, website, and other communications and marketing materials as needed;
- Interview youth, alumni, staff, board members, volunteers, and other external key stakeholders to greatly enhance marketing and communications materials.
- Strength Based Relationship Building – West End House uses a strength based approach to build relationships that endure and contribute to positive outcomes for our young people. Staff focus on the assets of our young people, rather than the deficits, to support continuous growth;
- Innovation – West End House prides itself on creating and offering innovative and responsive programs. Staff members are expected to think outside the box, proactively problem solve, and be courageous in their daily work;
- Curiosity –West End House staff are enthusiastic to learn. They participate in personal and professional opportunities designed to challenge and expand to their knowledge base. They are encouraged to seek out learning experiences and actively participate in their own development;
- Data Informed– Assessing our impact is critical to insuring the best outcomes for our program participants. Our staff is expected to use data to inform current program content and future program development, ensuring our offerings meet the needs AND interest of our young people;
- Healthy Environment– Teaching our members the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle is a priority. As such, our staff is expected to model healthy behavior while working with our young people;
- “Hands-On” mentality – candidate must work directly with kids and families.
- Relentless and proactively reaches out to youth, can see a youth succeeding even when the youth cannot see it her/himself
- Strong group facilitation skills balancing youth needs and interests.
- Ability to relate to culturally diverse group of youth as an instructor and mentor.
- Thrives in a collaborative and fast-paced environment; works hours as program and youth needs arise
- Witty with a fun sense of humor
- Deep appreciation for organization’s mission for youth programming.
- Exceptional communication skills (written and oral) and storytelling ability.
- Extreme attention to detail and a passion for accuracy with the ability to achieve results.
- Deadline driven.
- Superior organizational skills.
- Ability to successfully manage and execute multiple projects at one time.
- Ability to take feedback well.
- Ability to interact with all levels of management, volunteers, and donors in a professional manner.
- Self-starter who has the ability to work both independently as well as in a team environment.
- Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years of experience in related field, with preference for past grant writing experience.
Salary: $45,000-$48,000 depending on experience; our comprehensive benefits are designed to enhance all aspects of our employees’ lives: physical health, financial security, general well-being and professional development. Our package for full-time staff members includes paid vacation, holiday, and sick days; health and dental coverage; life, short-term and long-term disability insurance; voluntary 403b participation; and a pension contribution upon eligibility.
West End House is an independent Boys and Girls Club in the City of Boston that has been transforming the lives of immigrant and urban youth since its founding in 1906. Our mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to realize their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Located in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, West End House operates six days a week in its 42,000 square foot facility and has a $3.6 M annual budget. We have 28 full-time staff who deliver a broad scope of programming for 1,600 members between the ages of 7 and 18, with an additional 250 college age West End House Alumni between the ages of 18 and 24, in four core areas: leadership and life skills; academic support and college preparation; sports, fitness and nutrition; and visual and performing arts.
West End House is an equal -opportunity employer and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.
Minimum Education Required