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Development Associate

Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Job Title: Development Associate
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June 30th, 2020
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Development Associate

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is a fifty-year old, mission-driven advocacy and direct service nonprofit organization dedicated to removing barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth. Based in Boston, we employ a racial equity perspective to improve educational options for all children, while also helping one child and family at a time.  

At MAC, all board members, staff and volunteers take individual and collective responsibility for securing access to the resources we need for our work. We seek an enthusiastic, organized, and collaborative Development Associate to provide a solid foundation for that work. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Associate will interact directly with all aspects of the organization’s work. This is an extraordinary opportunity for growth, advancement and professional development for the right candidate.

This position involves assisting with individual donor stewardship, institutional outreach, event management, and general fundraising efforts to support MAC’s mission. The Development Associate will be comfortable wearing many hats – from database administrator to event planner, from being the first point of contact for some donors to setting up major donor interactions for senior staff. If you have development and annual giving experience, are a problem solver with great people skills, and have a passion for our mission, we want to meet you.


Donor Stewardship

  • Creatively drive efforts to increase annual giving by accessing new potential supporters of MAC’s mission.

  • Organize 3-4 donor events each year

  • Manage distribution of 3-4 fundraising appeals per year and other mailings as needed.

  • Work with vendors and other staff to establish a smooth work plan and timeline for all mailings

Institutional donor program

  • Research relevant institutional prospects

  • Manage institutional report and proposal calendar

  • Contribute to donor proposals and reports, as required

Salsa donor database administration

  • Prior experience with Salsa preferred. In lieu of experience must be able to learn database application readily.

  • With the organization’s Office Manager, manage the donor database and use data to generate timely gift acknowledgments and other donor correspondence.

  • Establish monthly and quarterly donor reports to support Executive Director, staff, and board members in their fundraising efforts.

  • Provide thoughtful data-based analysis on donor retention, trends, and other items to help with fundraising strategies.  

Administrative Duties

  • As a part of a small organizational administrative team, there will be miscellaneous duties assigned as needed to support the Leadership Team.

  • Occasional weekend and evening hours will be required.


  • College degree plus 3+ years of development experience at a nonprofit organization (will consider other experience with a great explanation).

  • Experience working in a busy team environment

  • Knowledge and experience in a range of fundraising techniques, particularly annual appeals, donor communications, and utilizing events to reach, cultivate and steward donors.

  • Strong time-management skills, with an ability to manage many projects at one time.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with flexibility, self-confidence and a sense of humor.

  • Positive attitude, concern for people and community, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.

Detail oriented with strong organizational and writing skills.


  • This position is full-time at MAC office in downtown Boston, with easy access to a variety of public transit options.

  • Starting salary range is low-mid 50s, commensurate with experience.

  • Generous benefits including health insurance, paid vacation, two personal days and 11 holidays each year.

  • Pre-tax programs for commuter and health expenses.

  • Work with a collegial and inspiring team that values and respects your contributions to our success!


  • Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and how you found out about this position to careers@massadvocates.org, with “Development Associate” in the subject line

  • Three recent professional references will be required upon request.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

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