Careers at Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange



Job Description


Position:        Director of Development


Department:   Development

Reports To:    Executive Director


Position Summary:

The Director of Development is responsible for leading an effective fundraising plan for the agency, based on Individual Giving, Fundraising Events, Foundation/Corporate grants, and Donor Relations. This person supervises the Administrative Assistant, who supports donor tracking, thank you’s, event preparation etc. and the Director of Development acts as one of the key community relations persons for the organization, helping to raise awareness and funding for the agency. 



The incumbent must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and have five years of experience in fundraising.  The Director of Development should have a demonstrated track record of Fundraising Event management, along with proven success in identifying, cultivating and soliciting donors and/or community support.  The incumbent must have evident skill in writing and editing, in public speaking, and in interpersonal communications.  The Director of Development must have the ability and willingness both to work as part of a team and to operate autonomously.  Knowledge of information systems to support fund-raising activities is essential as well as excellent organizational, management and research skills. The incumbent must have an ability to understand and a willingness to articulate the mission of MARE.  A valid driver’s license, the use of a car, and ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours is required.


Specific Responsibilities: (responsibilities may vary with the skills of the incumbent)


Development Tasks

  • Design, implement and evaluate a yearly fundraising plan that includes special events, grants management, donor stewardship and solicitation:
    • Special Events – Plan and manage 1-2 fundraising special events per year including the Knights of Pythias Golf Tournament and the Jordan’s Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption.  Work with the Board of Directors’ Fundraising Committee to develop new events. 
    • Research and write major gift requests and grant proposals to individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations for funding.
    • Develop the annual appeal and specific donor solicitation including major donor cultivation and acquisition.  This includes cultivating and maintaining contact with such prospects and donors before and after gifts are committed.
    • Outline the theme and write the content for the Annual Report and work with the Communications team on production
  • Manage the design and implementation of procedures by which gifts to MARE are recorded and acknowledged, donors are recognized, and accurate financial records and files are maintained.  This includes database management.


Other related duties

  • Supervise the administrative assistant and any yearly development interns
  • Attend adoption parties and other program events, as needed
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and MARE Staff
  • Be a part of the management team
  • Work to enhance understanding of and credibility for the mission of MARE among staff, DCF, adopters, volunteers, donors and the community-at-large.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


For more information or submit your credentials, please email Lisa Funaro, Executive Director



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