Director of Development

Breakthrough Greater Boston
Mission Statement: 

Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) is a successful college access and teacher training program. BTGB offers six years of academic enrichment and college preparation to middle school and high school students with high potential but limited opportunities. Simultaneously, BTGB recruits, trains, and inspires a diverse cohort of high achieving college students to become the next generation of urban teachers. Leveraging a Students Teaching Students model, BTGB provides engaging, tuition-free academic programming during the summer and after school. Our students gain the skills and motivation to succeed in rigorous high school courses and, ultimately, in college. Meanwhile, our teachers gain hands-on experience, research-based training, and coaching from professional educators.Over the past nine years, 95% of our graduating students have matriculated to four-year colleges, and 72% of them have persisted through their undergraduate years. On average, more than 70% of our graduating teachers have gone on to pursue careers in education. After two decades of success at our original Cambridge site, BTGB embarked upon a significant program expansion and opened a second site in Dorchester in the summer of 2013. An independent 501c3 nonprofit, Breakthrough Greater Boston is part of a national educational movement called The Breakthrough Collaborative working to improve educational outcomes for youth across 25 U.S. cities.  

Position Description: 

Position SummaryBreakthrough Greater Boston is currently seeking a driven, strategic, and passionate development professional to join our team as Director of Development. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will play a critical leadership role in the growth of this dynamic and high-impact organization, overseeing all efforts related to fundraising. As such, the Director of Development will serve as the chief fundraiser for a $1.65 million annual goal, developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to increase individual, and institutional investments in Breakthrough Greater Boston’s work. The position will manage a Development Manager as well as interns and volunteers. Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director and leading a small team of talented and passionate development professionals, the right candidate will bring an analytical and flexible disposition, deploying excellent relationship management skills that seamlessly translate across all of BTGB’s stakeholders. Key ResponsibilitiesOrganizational Leadership

  • Contribute to the execution of BTGB's organizational strategy as an integral member of BTGB's leadership team, strategically leveraging the time of the Executive Director to advance development efforts
  • Partner effectively with BTGB's Board of Directors, empowering all Board members with a clear understanding of the organization's development strategy, sustainability, and support, as well as developing the capacity of the Board to achieve fundraising targets
  • Provide leadership to a passionate team of volunteers, directly managing the Board’s Development Committee as well as the Associate Board comprised of young professionals
  • Direct strategic communications and marketing efforts to increase BTGB’s visibility, supporting content development and identifying new media opportunities, while ensuring that all external materials align with and enhance BTGB’s presence and identity
  • Serve as a supervisor, coach, and mentor to the Development Manager (responsible for grants, database, website updates, event support) as well as any Development Interns


  • Act as chief fundraiser, developing and executing against detailed fundraising plans that increase year over year revenue from individual donors, corporate partners, foundations, and other sources
  • Build and maintain strong, positive relationships with existing and prospective investors, deploying robust prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship action steps to expand the funding base
  • Along with the Development Manager, oversee strategy, planning and execution of Breakthrough’s three signature annual events
  • Oversee the preparation of high-quality grant proposals, reports, mailings, and acknowledgements to support ongoing fundraising activities
  • Refine and lead process to build annual and multi-year development plans aligned to BTGB’s strategic goals, including effective communication of the budget to team members
  • Build development models, tools and trainings that allow for long-term scenario planning and short-term, real-time decision making to maximize BTGB's impact
  • Oversee systems of financial reporting for the Board, funders, government agencies, internal decision-makers and for grants management processes, while ensuring the integrity, accuracy and relevance of all development reports
  • Significant experience developing and implementing strategic fundraising plans across a variety of revenue streams including high net worth individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Experience growing the donor base of an organization; successful track record of raising at least $1M annually
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, with experience deploying communications and marketing strategies to elevate an organization’s mission with external audiences
  • Passion for the mission of BTGB, closing the achievement gap, and training the next generation of urban teachers; professional experience in educational settings a plus
  • Experience collaborating with a Board of Directors on fundraising activities
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills alongside comfort with technology; demonstrated ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to a diversity of external audiences
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking, with the ability to make strategic and data-driven decisions and execute within a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and resource-constrained environment
  • Comfort with making decisions independently combined with an ability to work collaboratively; strong understanding of their role as a leader on any project and team, resulting in successful outcomes regardless of their title or role
  • Candidates of color and those from low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply as are those with fluency in Spanish and/or Haitian Creole
  • Bachelor’s degree required 
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Application Instructions: 

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, to Elissa Spelman at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Breakthrough Greater Boston offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. Breakthrough Greater Boston is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment and employees are considered without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, citizenship, military status, gender identity, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. About Commongood Careers:Breakthrough Greater Boston has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Director of Development. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 800 searches at 275 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.  

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