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Director of Development

Treehouse Foundation
Job Title: Director of Development
Job Type:
Remote, statewide
Job Search Ends:
March 31st, 2023
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The Treehouse Foundation has partnered with Pillar Search & HR Consulting in their search for their new Director of Development. This is an exciting role for an experienced fundraising professional with nonprofit leadership experience.

Organization Summary

The Treehouse Foundation is an award-winning Massachusetts based nonprofit organization that is working diligently to inspire a Re-Envisioning of Foster Care in America. Since its launch in 2002, Treehouse has been investing in foster care innovation that is designed to ensure that “every child is rooted in family and community”.

Nationally recognized social entrepreneur, Judy Cockerton, has provided her visionary leadership to the Treehouse Foundation for the past twenty years. In addition to leading the Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America movement, Cockerton – a highly collaborative executive director – has developed an intergenerational Treehouse Community Living model that is designed to support families adopting children from foster care and older adults who act as “honorary grandparents”.

Treehouse is now partnering with 2Life Communities and Plummer Youth Promise to bring the successful intergenerational Treehouse Community model to the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan. Treehouse Boston will be home to 12 foster/ adoptive families, 42 older adults (ages 55+) and 8 Transition Aged Youth (18 – 24 years): Treehouse Boston community members will invest in one another’s health and well-being while receiving ongoing supports and services from an on-site team made up of Treehouse Foundation, 2Life Communities and Plummer Youth Promise staff.

Come inspire a Re-Envisioning of Foster Care in America with the Treehouse Foundation Team! Help Treehouse Foundation develop a strong and vibrant statewide organization that shows the rest of the country how Massachusetts cares for its children and youth experiencing foster care and promote intergenerational Treehouse Community living! It’s a win-win-win for three vulnerable populations, the Commonwealth, and the country.

The Treehouse Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is committed to the ongoing work of becoming an anti-racist organization, and strongly value diversity equity, and inclusion. One of their core values is creating a culture of dignity and respect for all members of their team and all program participants.  They welcome team members from all backgrounds to join and enrich their team and they are dedicated to creating a culture where everyone can bring their authentic, original, and best selves to the work. The Treehouse Foundation invites qualified applicants from all races and ethnicities, religions, countries of origin, sexes, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, and ages to apply. They are stronger and better with you on their team! They are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities in their application process. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please let us know.

Learn more about the Treehouse Foundation at https://www.treehousefoundation.net.

Position Summary

The Director of Development, a key member of the Treehouse Leadership Team, oversees the organization’s fundraising and manages relationships with supporters. Their duties will include setting fundraising strategies, major donor relations and solicitations, donor relations, seeking out opportunities for financial support through grants and sponsorships, and planning fundraising events.

Reporting to the Treehouse Founder/CEO Judy Cockerton, the Director of Development will lead fundraising planning and implementation, focused major donors and other streams of support for the organization in collaboration with the ED.

This is a statewide, remote role with travel to the office in Western Massachusetts and to donor meetings in/around Massachusetts as needed. Given the focus on opening the Treehouse Foundation location in Mattapan MA, there is a preference for a candidate in the Boston/Greater Boston area.

Strategy and Planning

  • The Treehouse Foundation’s Director of Development will be responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing our statewide revenue generation model for Treehouse Boston, Treehouse Easthampton, and the HEROES Youth Leadership Program.
  • In addition, the Director of Development will develop, implement and oversee a national revenue generation model to support the growth of revenue for the Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) movement.
  • The Director of Development will work with the Treehouse Foundation Founder/CEO, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Finance and Operations Manager, and grant writing consultant to successfully achieve the organization’s fundraising goals.
  • Ensure successful achievement of the annual fundraising goals
  • As a member of the leadership team, help to manage the annual budget of the organization
  • Analyze and measure the progress towards the fundraising goals and evaluate the effectiveness of fundraising campaigns, reporting on progress to other members of the leadership team and the board of directors

Donor Relations and Solicitation

  • Maintain ongoing relationships with all the donors and cultivate new donors and sponsors
  • Implement strategies/donor stewardship plans to form strong relationships with new and existing donors and sponsors and keep them informed on how their financial contribution is being utilized, as well as establish donor/sponsor communication plans that meet Treehouse standards
  • Successfully solicit major gifts of $1,000 to $100,000+

Foundations and Corporate Sponsorships

  • Manage corporate gifts and sponsorships
  • Secure grants for the organization and manage foundation relations
  • Provide grant reports to funders

Team Leadership

  • Lead the development team and collaborate in developing strategies for increasing brand awareness and funding
  • Lead the board Development Committee with the committee chair and Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development
  • Collaborate with the board of directors on development initiatives
  • Recruit and train development team members
  • Stay up to date on nonprofit fundraising trends and best practices


  • Lead the creation of development-focused marketing collateral, visibility campaigns, and social media campaigns
  • Take advantage of community relations, speaking engagements, fundraising events, and communication tools like newsletters and social media platforms to reach donors and sponsors


  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 5 years of nonprofit development leadership experience required including experience managing direct reports
  • Demonstrated skills in development, gift solicitation, donor relations practices
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in donor databases
  • Must be organized detail-oriented, able to prioritize and handle multiple projects with tight deadlines
  • Passion for Treehouse’s mission and for fundraising
  • Commitment to social change required. Experience with racial equity work strongly preferred.

This is a 40-hour per week salaried position that includes health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability insurances; generous vacation, sick time, and 12 paid holidays. The salary range is $100,000 – $120,000, depending on education and experience.

The Treehouse Foundation has partnered with Cindy Joyce of Pillar Search & HR Consulting for the Director of Development search. Please submit your materials (cover letter and resume) to Cindy at cindy@pillarsearch.com.

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