What we do

Since 1973, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has been a leader in the movement to end sexual violence. BARCC empowers survivors of sexual violence to heal and provides education and advocacy for the social change needed to create cultures that prevent sexual violence. We rely on our dedicated, brilliant staff to do this important work, and our team is growing!

The role

Our Development team is looking for a new full time Senior Philanthropy Officer. You’ll work closely with the Development Director and other stakeholders to manage key annual giving initiatives designed to help diversify the organization’s funding sources year over year to increase total dollars raised and the number of new and retained donors  to further BARCC’s mission of ending sexual violence through healing and social change. 

Where and when you’ll work

BARCC's staff, operations, hours, and location vary by function, type of work, and work style. You’ll primarily work from our Cambridge office, located at 99 Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge. 

This is a 40-hour, full time position. You can expect to work regularly Monday through Friday. Significant time will be spent visiting with donors, including some evening and occasional weekends. BARCC is open to discussing options such as flexibility in scheduling and occasional remote work. 


What you’ll do

  • Develop and implement strategies for securing financial support from a portfolio of 150-200+ donor prospects, including  individuals, organizations, and corporations doing Independent Fundraising Events (IFE), soliciting for BARCC and stewarding gifts from individuals and organizations determined to have the ability to make annual gifts or at or above $1,000.
  • Qualify donors who currently give $250 - $999 annually to determine if they are a good long-term fit for SPO portfolio.
  • Work with Development Director and frontline fundraiser team to maintain criteria for SPO portfolio.
    • Periodically review portfolios to determine if current portfolios are up-to-date with the most recent criteria.
  • Set and carry out measurable strategies for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding high-end annual fund prospects/donors. Including:
    • Manage the annual fund donor engagement calendar in collaboration with the Development Director in order to systematize outreach to AF donors/prospects in order to more efficiently qualify, cultivate, steward, and solicit.
    • Initiate contacts with potential donors with an entrepreneurial mindset and approach. Identify ways to engage new and existing donors from various groups (volunteers, young donors, independent fundraising events, etc.)
    • Proactively identify peer-to-peer donors who have the capacity or interest in becoming high-end annual giving donors.
    • Create and implement regular plans to re-engage lapsed and inactive donors using lists lapsed donor lists in Salesforce.
  • In the first full fiscal year achieve annual portfolio fundraising of $200,000 and activity goals of 4-6 visits per month with donors and prospects.  Annual fundraising and activity goals will increase year over year in line with fundraising best practices and baseline data collected in FY19 and FY20 from visit requests, solicitations and yields.
  • Establish and maintain a high level of knowledge of BARCC’s programs and services by learning BARCC’s mission, programs, and people.
  • Collaborate with the development team, providing support on various projects and programs, such as the weekly stewardship project.
  • In collaboration with BARCC staff, engage former volunteers, board members, and/or staff with existing BARCC programming and events to build stronger connections within the BARCC alum community to each other and to BARCC with a focus on revenue generating activities.
  • Utilize Salesforce database to document meaningful touchpoints with donors and prospects as well as becoming familiar with a basic list and report creation to track progress to goals.
  • Oversee and manage the Independent Fundraising Events program (IFE), including stewarding and cultivating past IFE organizers, creating a pipeline of IFE prospects, soliciting and supporting existing IFE fundraisers, and creating new opportunities for IFEs.
    • Create processes to facilitate relationships with relevant teams within the organization to facilitate IFEs as a prospecting tool for other teams
  • Act in the best interest of the organization, reflecting the values of teamwork, collaboration, and mutual respect.
  • Be an ambassador of the organization, reflecting the values of teamwork, collaboration, inclusivity, and mutual respect.
  • Collaborate on other projects as needed.

You’ll bring 

  • Minimum of 2–3 years of experience in frontline fundraising, preferably in human services or other related fields with demonstrated gifts at the $1K level.
  • Broad knowledge of best practices, principles, and ethics of fundraising; able to participate in all aspects of the giving cycle.
  • Understanding the needs and interests of annual donors in order to develop relationships between them and the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work accurately and effectively with donor database(s).
  • Knowledge of tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets, and estates.
  • Problem-solving, research, and analytical skills.
  • Strong judgment and sense of discretion suitable for representing an organization’s mission and values when working with colleagues, board members, and members of the public.
  • Able to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and advance strategic growth plans.
  • High communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to energize others and build buy-in of a vision or initiative.
  • Collaborative team player, with the ability to interface with diverse groups of people and organizations.
  • Acute attention to detail, impeccable organization, and timely follow-through.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills.
  • Must be committed to BARCC’s mission and philosophy.

What we offer

  • The opportunity to make meaningful change and improve the lives of others through mission-driven work, at all levels of the organization.
  • The most compassionate, supportive, and fun-loving colleagues around—who will shower you with warm welcomes, funny memes, and regular shout-outs for your contributions.
  • An investment in your health, well-being, and professional development through competitive benefit offerings, generous time off policies, professional development funds and opportunities, and ongoing improvements to proactively manage vicarious trauma and mental health.

Starting salary range and benefits

$56,000 to $62,000, depending on experience and skills. The total compensation package includes a generous benefits package, including health, dental, vacation, sick time, and other coverage options.

Hiring process and timeline

Please submit via our online application system your resume and cover letter stating your interest and related experience to be considered for this position. No phone calls please. This opportunity will remain open until we find the best fit possible. The full hiring process will include a phone-screen interview, first-round in-person interview, and final team interview. Reasonable accommodation provided upon request.

About us

One of BARCC’s core values is social justice by countering oppression and we’re doing a lot of work to examine our organizational practices to be consistent with our values to build a more inclusive and diverse work environment. 

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. 

For more information about BARCC, please visit barcc.org. 

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