Development Director

Our Mission:  The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to all families, especially those with children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.  We are committed to listening to and learning from families, as well as, encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

Job Summary:

The Development Director will bring expertise in fundraising and will play a critical role in expanding the Federation for Children with Special Need’s fundraising efforts across all levels. The Development Director is responsible for managing individual, corporate, foundation, and digital fundraising, and developing the strategy for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The Director works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop and execute a strategic, comprehensive fundraising plan that will support the operating needs of the organization for the present and the long term.
  • Develop short-and long-term benchmarks and an ongoing evaluation plan.
  • Meet prospective donors and supporters, virtually and in person, on a continual basis to establish effective relationship and communication with them.
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors.
  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
  • Maximizing the effectiveness of the Federation’s events which range from small cultivation events to larger fundraising events including an annual gala, to help develop, attract, retain, and further engage donors.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, and Board of Directors to cultivate and steward donors.
  • Supervise the Development Associate.
  • Staff the Board Development Committee, while strengthening the Board in its role in development.
  • Ensure contributions are administered in accordance with donor’s wishes, follows state, local and federal campaign finance laws and all gifts are recorded and acknowledged.
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Oversee creation of publications to support fund raising activities.
  • Support the Federation’s Visions of Community Conference.
  • Participate in Federation teams as appropriate.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in development, including significant experience in fundraising for a non-profit organization. Examples of experience, education, and training that fulfill this requirement include relevant lived experience and non-traditional education, volunteer or paid work, internships, community-based and other types of training and workshops, community college, trade school, and university courses and degrees.
  • Experience in soliciting, closing, and stewarding gifts; experience with a diverse donor pool is ideal.
  • Commitment to anti-racism, knowledge of equity-centered policies and practices.
  • Strong background in the cultivation and solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation donors, and a demonstrated track record in the management of successful development programs, including staff and volunteer management.
  • An effective leader and administrator, with solid experience in managing, mentoring and motivating staff, and the ability to inspire others to accomplish common objectives.
  • Strong communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with fundraising software.
  • Passion for the mission of FCSN.

To Apply:

Send your resume and cover letter by email to the Federation at; or by mail to: Federation for Children with Special Needs, Attn: HR, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129

The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) embraces the diversity of our staff and is committed to increasing the diversity of our organization.  As an EEO employer, FCSN is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected status or designation.   Also, we welcome parents of children with special needs or those with a disability to apply!