Position Summary:

Embrace Boston seeks a dynamic, dedicated, entrepreneurial leader with unwavering commitment to racial and economic justice to be our Director of Advancement and External Affairs.  

We envision a radically inclusive and equitable Boston where everyone belongs and Black people prosper, grounded in joy, love, and well-being.  Our work is to dismantle structural racism through our work at the intersection of arts and culture, community, and research and policy.

The Director of Advancement and External Affairs will have a strong track record in successfully executing and managing fundraising efforts and strategic partnerships, securing six- and seven-figure gifts. Reporting to the Vice President of Development and regularly partnering closely with the Development Department, the Operations Department, the Office of the President will execute on a multiyear fundraising plan. The Director of Advancement and External Affairs will also advise Embrace Boston’s senior leadership on existing opportunities as the organization establishes new philanthropic partnerships with local and national funders and overall, builds our major gifts capacity.

Essential Functions:

  • Contribute to the organization's revenue target of $6M through executing fundraising strategies aligned with Embrace Boston’s mission; including Major Gifts, Individual Giving, Special Events, Institutional Partnerships, Year-round Appeals, and Multi-year Giving;

  • Execute and manage a multi- year development plan that includes major institutional giving, high net worth individuals, special events, and donor engagement for new and existing donors;

  • Write grants and other communications, including a solid understanding of budgets as they relate to grant proposals and reports;

  • Lead fundraising for signature events including, identifying and managing host committee members;

  • Ensure timely and accurate data tracking in Salesforce and communications infrastructure;

  • Recommend, develop and manage systems to enhance fundraising goals and execution;

  • Promote and develop deeper, multiyear philanthropic investments;

  • Represent Embrace Boston externally.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Foster a culture of continual learning and improvement for team member outside of External Affairs and Advancement and for newly hired staff as needed by providing coaching, technical and other assistance in all areas of fundraising, data management, stewardship, etc; 

  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;

  • 5+ years of frontline fundraising experience,

  • Experience in building and executing successful campaigns required; and

  • Demonstrated success meeting or exceeding fundraising goals. 

Skills, Abilities, Competencies:

  • Ability to successfully manage multiple details and priorities in a fast-paced environment;

  • Proficiency in Salesforce or other Customer Relation;

  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office products required (including but not limited to skills with in Excel; such as formula creation, pivot-tables, and other functions);

  • Experience with Adobe Suite and social media platforms is preferred;

  • Ability to work interdependently and independently in a collaborative environment;

  • Ability to follow a task through to completion, proactively reporting on progress;

  • Strategic thinker with impeccable ability to problem solve;

  • Demonstrated ability to foster strong relationships with stakeholders;

  • Proficiency and experience in managing all aspects of utilization of Salesforce and various donor engagement platforms;

  • Proficiency developing and executing best practice moves management processes;

  • Demonstrated ability to comprehensively identify, analyze, and effectively segment and prioritize donors to increase philanthropic support and engagement;

  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;

  • Excellent organizational, analytical and project management skills;

  • Ability to consistently meet goals, and produce results;

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion; and.

  • Ability to work with evolving priorities and timelines.

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that a candidate is unlikely to meet 100% of the qualifications for a role. We encourage you to consider the breadth and depth of your experience when applying. 

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • Ability to work at workstation for long periods of time;

  • Ability to use a keyboard for extended periods of time;

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 10 pounds, occasionally;

  • Ability to work remotely and on-site as required; and

  • Willingness and ability to work outside the regularly scheduled workday multiple times per month.

The content is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It is not intended to constitute an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents, who are or become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act or applicable state law, must be able to perform the essential functions of the job (including those listed above) either with or without reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation, if any, will be determined by management in consultation with the employee on a case-by-case basis. 


This job description is intended to be general and may be revised from time to time. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different or additional duties from time to time.

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