Chief Development Officer

Chief Development Officer

Position: Chief Development Officer
Location: Boston, MA
Hours per week: Full-Time (40 hrs. p/week)
Agency Description
As the nation’s largest mentoring agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts (BBBSEM) is committed to promoting the healthy development of children through the nurturing of continuing, one-to-one friendships with caring responsible adults, supported by trained professional staff. To further our mission, over the past few years we have partnered with schools in the Boston area to bring our program and services closest to youth who need them. This role is a critical part of making sure people know about and have a chance to participate in our programs.

General Statement of Duties

10+ years of development experience, with a proven track record of front-line major gift success, including the ability to establish high-level relationships, cultivate and engage philanthropic leaders, and secure high-level gifts (6- and 7-figure)

Successful experience with the following:

  • managing a high level portfolio and an ability to make their portfolio a priority
  • focusing on major gifts as part of a comprehensive development department
  • best practices in managing fundraising systems
  • carrying out detailed campaigns and events aimed at increasing donor engagement and participation

Strong ability to:

  • develop, manage, inspire, and mentor a fully integrated development program (major gifts, special events, planned gifts, annual fund, operations)
  • be a strategic and tactical fundraising partner to the CEO and Board of Directors
  • partner with programs and internal operations to support organization-wide initiatives
  • develop and utilize budgets and performance metrics to drive superior performance; experience managing to a fundraising plan
  • coach, grow and develop staff

Excellent presentation, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills

Major Duties

Mission Based Giving

  • Be the lead fundraiser/individual performer at the Agency
  • Leverage Board, donors and volunteers to strengthen networking and major gift fundraising
  • Build the Annual Fund and pipeline of annual donors
  • Build a Planned Giving program


  • In partnership with the President and CEO, develop a fundraising strategy that identifies philanthropic opportunity, recommends investment in growth areas, and raises significantly greater resources
  • Contribute to and refine the case for philanthropic support
  • Prepare and execute revenue plans to meet Agency multi-year strategic plan funding needs.
  • Lead the Board of Advisors and Young Professionals volunteer groups
  • Work with CEO to staff and build the Board of Directors

Special Events

  • Oversee and assist solicitation special events team to achieve multi-million dollar annual event goal
  • Continuously build and/or refine event strategies and event committees

Development Operations

  • Oversee all development functions including major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundations relations, donor recognition and stewardship, planned giving and special events
  • Build and develop an infrastructure of systems and practices to oversee program management and provide direction for protocols and effective reporting
  • Construct annual plans, timelines, performance benchmarks, and progress reports to guide development activities, achievements, and emerging opportunities


  • As a leader and top forward facing representative of the Agency, this candidate will reflect BBBSEM’s commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and aiming to be an Anti-Racist organization.
  • Promote a culture of high performance, professional development and continuous improvement that values learning, diversity and a commitment to quality
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, and conduct annual performance appraisals
  • Coach and mentor staff and Board members in developing major gifts potential

We respect, appreciate, and support diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our organization and believe that our organization is greatly enhanced when we unite people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We are committed to a diverse workforce and we are an equal opportunity employer. BBBSEM does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, citizenship, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local law.

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