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Posted: 01/02/2022

To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
 
Director of Development
 
Come join an amazing team at The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster (BGCFL).
We are seeking a RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL to help us GROW! The ambition for the future of the organization is to be able to increase BGCFL’s positive impact in North Central Massachusetts by increasing the number of youth served. Since 2001, BGCFL has worked in youth development with young people ages 8-18, from many economic, social and family circumstances. In August 2008, the organization consolidated its separate Fitchburg and Leominster clubhouses to a single state-of-the art location on the Fitchburg-Leominster line and received its charter from the Boys & Girls Club of America that December. It is situated in a former private school on conservation land in a residential setting—a unique site for a Boys & Girls Club clubhouse. In addition to the 8 acres owned by the Club, the Doyle Conservation Center (operated by the Trustees of the Reservations) provides more than 160 additional acres on which to play and study. The facility itself is well equipped with numerous classrooms, meeting places, a full gymnasium, and a full Teen Center. BGCFL’s Gardner Clubhouse started in November of 2015 as a pilot program launched by the BGCFL. The Club takes place every day after school at the Gardner Middle School. The Club provides youth an extra opportunity to practice and reinforce the skills and concepts they learn in school. We offer daily access to a broad range of programs in five Core Program Areas: Health and Life Skills, The Arts, Education & Career Development, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, and Character & Leadership Development.
 
PRIMARY FUNCTION:
The Director of Development works with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and The Board of Directors (BOD) to plan and execute resource development strategies and monitor progress toward goals. This position supports the CEO in positioning the Board to cultivate and solicit major gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, foundations, United Way, government agencies and others, and is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the BGCFL staff in support of resource development and marketing.
 
KEY ROLES (Essential Job Responsibilities):

Leadership

  1. Provide leadership and direction to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors in the execution of all development activities required to fund Club operations and deliver programs within the community.
Strategic Planning
  1. In collaboration with Chief Executive Officer and Board, develop and implement a strategic plan for single and multi-year resource development efforts:
  • Research and analyze agency, corporate, individual and foundation donor base and recommend solicitation strategies;
  • Prepare and seek approval for corporate and foundation proposals to support the Club, using current cultivation and solicitation materials;
  • Oversee planning of logistics for special events, including obtaining sponsorships and gifts and preparing related printed materials and publications;
  • Design and implement direct mail programs; and annual/quarterly giving campaigns.
  • Provide support for various fundraising projects/initiatives assigned by the Chief Executive Officer, such as endowments, major gifts and planned giving.
  1. Ensure evaluation of development activities and identify opportunities to improve results.
Board Development
  1. Identify, recruit and train board members to participate in solicitation and other resource development activities.
  2. Encourage and support board committees responsible for planning and implementing development activities.
Resource Management
  1. Participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of the Club’s annual budget, controlling expenditures within budget and maintaining donor and financial records in accordance with standards.
  2. Ensure productive and effective performance by all development staff.
Partnership Development
  1. Develop strategic alliances with community leaders and local officials. Develop collaborative partnerships with other youth serving organizations, members, parents, families, funders and community organizations.
Marketing and Public Relations
  1. Increase visibility of Club development activities and maintain the public trust.
 
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.   Ensure design and development of public relations documents for use in the promotion of fund raising, and education of the public, including press releases. Ensure the development and distribution of marketing documents.
 
RELATIONSHIPS:
Internal: Maintain communication with the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, staff peers, and volunteers to exchange information, and provide stewardship as needed regarding activities and planned programs. Coordinate fundraising, marketing events.  Provide strategic leadership on all resource development activities.
External: Maintain communication with other agencies, business leaders, community groups, boards of directors of such organizations, and the media for the purpose of exchanging information and ideas for growing The Club’s presence, awareness, and financial capability to serve more youth. 
 
SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:
•    Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university preferred
•    A minimum of three years nonprofit experience, specifically in fundraising and sales/marketing, or equivalent experience
•    Considerable knowledge of fundraising techniques and sources of funding for nonprofits
•    Knowledge of: the mission, objectives, policies, programs and procedures and of the principles and practices of nonprofits, youth development services preferred
•    Ability to organize and coordinate fundraising operations
•    Strong oral and written communication skills, both verbal and written
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Club staff, board members, volunteers, community groups and other related agencies.
•    Knowledge of accessing and managing donor database
 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Additionally, as part of its commitment and responsibility to children and their families, all staff and volunteers must agree to a thorough screening process prior to acceptance into the organization and annually. Screening includes in person interview(s), reference check(s), Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) review, and Sexual Offender Record Information (SORI) review.
 
Compensation and benefits commensurate with education and experience
Please send resume to hr@bgcfl.org for consideration.
 

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