Director of Development

Pittsfield, MA

Position is weekdays, 25 hours with potential for full-time!

General Description

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all fundraising and Donor/ Community Relations efforts.  Major duties include: develop relationships with and solicit individuals, foundations, corporations, and government funding sources; identify funding sources and write proposals; manage and report on gift making process and progress; publicize the Brien Center and its services.

Essential Job Functions

  • In conjunction with CEO, Board, and senior management, develop a comprehensive development strategy to include individuals, corporate, foundations and government grants. The strategy will have measurable and achievable short (6-month) and long term (12-month) goals and include incorporating major gifts, capital campaigns and other major fund raising campaigns to meet budget objectives.
  • Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long term relationship-management approach.
  • Meet with current and prospective donors/supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications and develop the donor/supporter relationship.
  • Assist the CEO, Board and senior management to prioritize development objectives based on reasonable timetable and outcome of success.
  • Develop internal infrastructure and systems to successfully support development efforts.
  • Recruit and coordinate interns or other volunteer support to development efforts.  
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Act as lead for direct capital campaigns, fund raising events and other major fundraising drives
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with funders and potential funders.
  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about the Brien Center with the community from the perspective of promoting fund raising.
  • Manage print and digital media to promote fundraising events and increase awareness of the Brien Center in the community with the long term objective of improving fund raising potential.
  • Ensure that reporting, record keeping, and ongoing communication with funders and the Board are maintained and timely.
  • Source, implement and maintain a new fundraising database, with the assistance of part-time administrative support.
  • Oversee fundraising database and produce timely and accurate financial reports.
  • Report on program progress to Leadership and the Board.
  • Identify potential resources and work with fundraising consultants as needed to accomplish goals.
  • Manage the recording and acknowledgement of all gifts, financial transactions, and statistics using fundraising software.
  • Supervise Development department work with the Finance department, assuring that gifts are coded appropriately and that fundraising reports are reconciled on a monthly basis

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned by CEO.


  • Bachelor's Degree and 3-5 years’ development/ fundraising experience, preferably in an academic or healthcare environment, including demonstrated success in expansion of a major gifts program. Master’s degree or additional certification preferred.
  • Experience developing and implementing comprehensive development strategies, to include individuals, corporate, foundations and government grants along with measurable and achievable short and long term goals and include incorporating major gifts, capital campaigns and other major fund raising campaigns
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, donor databases, web-based applications and use of the internet for research required


  • A proactive approach and willingness to think outside of the box in order to make events stand out.
  • Self-motivated with an appreciation of the Brien Center’s mission and curiosity about best practices in fundraising and special events.
  • Organized, capable of handling multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Well-developed fundraising and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of constituents.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relations with management, board of directors and donor constituencies.

Other Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license and use of personally insured automobile.
  • Some weekend and evening engagements required.
  • Criminal Offender Record Information check (CORI).
  • Driver’s license check (RMV).