Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time




700 Boylston Street
United States


Founded in 1972, the Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, musical scores, and other items of historic, cultural and artistic interest. The Associates’ mission is to ensure continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their conservation, cataloging, digitization, and exhibition.

The Associates’ signature fundraising event, Literary Lights, is a black tie optional dinner honoring outstanding authors from New England. The organization also hosts periodic public programming, including the Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition, and annually awards a Writer-in-Residence fellowship to an emerging author. For more information, please see:

Key Responsibilities

The Associates is seeking an experienced, highly motivated and energetic Director of Development – a new role for the organization. Reporting to the Associates’ Executive Director, the candidate will lead all of the Associates’ fundraising efforts. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Development Committee, and the Associates’ Board of Directors, the candidate will play a strategic role in long-term development planning and oversee day-to-day development activities, including: the annual appeal, membership mailings, major gift cultivation and solicitation, corporate event sponsorship solicitation, grant applications and reporting, donor correspondence and maintaining donor records. The candidate will play a key role in planning events of varying sizes, from the annual 400-person gala to small cultivation events, and private donor tours. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Jointly supervise, manage, and evaluate the Communications and Development Associate who will serve as a database manager and an administrative assistant, among other tasks
  • Oversee all of the Associates’ fundraising efforts, including establishing and implementing strategic plans for short and long term fundraising, with the goal of increasing support from new, existing and lapsed members and donors
  • Develop and implement a new major gifts program, including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a major gifts portfolio of donors and prospects, partnering with Board members when appropriate
  • Establish relationships with key donors
  • Cultivate new donors through special events and other opportunities
  • Manage and supervise all fundraising activities including the annual appeal, membership solicitations, online giving campaign, and donor acknowledgment letters
  • Identify and approach companies to seek corporate sponsorship for Literary Lights, in partnership with the Literary Lights Committee
  • Research grant opportunities, write grant applications and prepare grant reports, while ensuring alignment with funding priorities
  • Oversee the development of materials for fundraising and donor communications, ensuring consistency of messaging and images
  • Track, monitor, analyze, and report on key metrics relevant to development efforts in support of the Associates’ strategic planning efforts
  • Work with the Executive Director to provide updates and reports to the Board
  • Serve on Board committees that support development efforts

·        Assist with planning logistical details for events and event follow-up

  • Establish and maintain best practices in policies, systems, and procedures
  • Represent the Associates in occasional external public speaking opportunities and public-facing events
  • Staff Associates’ events (occasional evening hours)


  • Three to five years of development experience and proven fundraising success in nonprofit institutions
  • Willingness to understand, embrace, and authentically promote the Associates’ mission and goals
  • Proven successful management experience
  • Possess exceptional communication skills, with proven ability to write effectively, speak persuasively, and listen attentively
  • Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques including major gift cultivation and solicitation
  • Skilled in working with, engaging and motivating staff, board members, and volunteers in cultivation and solicitation activities
  • Willing to direct and participate in all phases of donor cultivation and solicitation
  • Ability to work as part of a team with regular collaboration and communication
  • Ability to take initiative, meet deadlines and work under pressure on multiple priorities
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion in handling confidential information with tact and professionalism
  • Strong work ethic and high self-motivation
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong computer skills, including Raiser’s Edge, NXT, and Microsoft Office
  • A positive outlook and a joyful spirit
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a humanities field
  • Genuine interest in libraries, literature or history is a plus


  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) check
  • There are no residency requirements

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to In the email subject header, please write “Director of Development.” Alternatively, the materials can be mailed to: Personnel Committee, Associates of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. Please do not submit both electronic and hardcopy materials.

No phone calls please.