Director, Jobs & Economic Development

Job Type

Full Time




75 Arlington Street
3rd Floor
United States


All applications should be submitted online.  

Go to and select Director, Jobs & Economic Development to complete our online application process.

Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Description


Title: Director, Jobs and Economic Development

Department: Programs

Reports To: Vice President for Programs

FLSA Classification: Exempt   FTE: 1

Supervises: 2: 1 Director, 1 Associate


Position Summary:

The Director, Jobs and Economic Development drives development, implementation and evaluation of the Foundation’s jobs & economic development strategies to support strong and vibrant local economic development that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth, and increases access to high quality jobs — with a particular focus on women and minorities.


Essential Functions:

Leads and oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and investments in the Foundation’s jobs & economic development program area with a goal to:

  • Accelerates innovation in low-income areas, and the creation and growth of new enterprises, especially in neighborhoods along the Fairmount-Indigo Commuter Line;
  • Strategically invests in the creation of a supportive environment/eco-system which can ensure the success of participating women and minorities. 
  • Improves the quality of transitions and coordination amongst the adult basic education, post-secondary education and workforce development sub-systems;
  • Expands the capacity and effectiveness of high-performing employment programs;
  • Supports reform efforts of the Massachusetts community college system ensuring post-secondary certificate and degree programs prepare students for careers in high demand occupations;
  • Executes all functions pertaining to the role of strategy leader, including strategy development, grant making, evaluation & assessment, board reporting and initiative management;
  • Forges partnerships and collaborations to generate, oversee and leverage investment opportunities for the Foundation’s grant making and community change efforts;
  • Utilizes research, knowledge and stakeholder relationships to improve outcomes for people and place, influence systems change, and advance relevant public policies;
  • Utilizes strategic written and oral communications to advance the Foundation’s goals, participates in and presents at local and national forums, and convenings of key stakeholders;
  • Participates in grant proposal review and recommendation process in collaboration with Foundation colleagues;
  • Supervises other staff and consultants associated with the Initiatives and grantmaking; and
  • Complies with administrative requirements of the Foundation and participate in other TBF activities as needed.


Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.




Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • College degree with 10-12 years of relevant work experience required; Master’s degree preferred.


Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

  • Deep understanding of urban economic development and the issues affecting low-income urban residents;
  • Skills include strategy development and implementation, financial analyses and budgeting, and impact assessment/evaluation. Grantmaking and public policy experience is a plus;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, writing and verbal communication skills, with the ability to serve as an external voice for the work of the Boston Foundation;
  • Excellent analytical skills, written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated leadership and proven ability to lead a complex, cross-sector, multi-dimensional, results-oriented agenda;
  • Demonstrated success managing teams, including the supervision and evaluation of staff and consultants;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines in a demanding environment.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Foundation’s mission;
  • A creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work under the pressure of tight deadlines; 
  • A participative work style and the ability to give and receive feedback;
  • Resourceful, a self-starter and able to work independently; and
  • Mature interpersonal style, ability to interact well with a diverse range of people.


Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to use a computer keyboard for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds occasionally

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

All applications should be submitted online.  

Go to and select Director, Jobs & Economic Development to complete our online application process.

Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.