Director of Development and Communications

Organization Overview

Boston CASA’s (Court Appointed Special Advocates) mission is to ensure a safe and permanent home for court-involved children in Suffolk and Middlesex County, who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Boston CASA fulfills this mission by recruiting, training and supervising volunteers from the community who are appointed as a child’s guardian ad litem (GAL), to protect and promote their “best interest” while ensuring they have access to a caring and consistent adult. CASA Volunteers come from all walks of life. They have a variety of professional, educational and cultural backgrounds. They are selected on the quality of their objectivity, competence, and commitment. Please visit our website at to learn more about the organization.

Position Overview

The Director of Development and Communications (DoD) serves as a key senior leadership team member and an active strategic decision maker at Boston CASA. The DoD will work closely with the Executive Director to shape and implement an effective fundraising strategy, with a particular focus on growing our individual donor and corporate sponsor relationships, as well as sustaining our success to-date in securing foundation and local government support, as we grow our budget from $750,000 in 2018 to over $1M in 2020. The DoD will be a strategic and dynamic leader who will oversee all fundraising programs and communications activities. The DoD will foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization and create a donor relations strategy and pipeline that nurtures loyalty through a comprehensive relationship-building program including cultivation and communication of Boston CASA’s mission, vision and services. The DoD reports directly to the Executive Director and will supervise a Development Associate.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

· Design and implement a comprehensive development plan with specific and measurable goals related to cultivating individual, corporate, foundation, event and volunteer philanthropic support to achieve fundraising targets
· As part of the development plan and assisted by Development Associate, articulate a strategy and schedule of events and activities
· Work closely with and assist the Board of Directors in taking on a more active fundraising role
· Direct all written and electronic marketing & public relations efforts of the organization to ensure key messages are conveyed strategically to a broad range of audiences
· Supervise, mentor, and evaluate current and future development staff, including support for professional development opportunities
· Partner with ED to cultivate and solicit major gifts and grants and steward high priority donor relationships
· Lead prospect research activities, identifying opportunities for Boston CASA to build its presence and donor relationships with relevant stakeholders
· Develop relationships and promote active engagement with corporations to effectively leverage philanthropic, volunteer, and in-kind corporate support
· Oversee the creation and execution of high quality funding proposals and maintain accountability standards to all funders
· Collaborate with the ED to develop a departmental budget; monitor and prepare regular reports on expenditures


The Director of Development and Communications must have a Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of development experience, a demonstrated track record of increased acquisition and retention of individual donors, experience with soliciting $10,000+ individual gifts, and an understanding of fundraising best practices. The successful candidate will be results-oriented, possess excellent organizational and supervisory skills, have a desire to mentor and develop high-potential staff, possess excellent oral and written skills, outstanding interpersonal skills, and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and CRM (e.g. Salesforce, Blackbaud) donor databases.

To Apply:

Boston CASA offers a flexible work environment, accessible office location in Downtown Boston, and excellent benefit package. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] This position will remain open until filled; complete submissions will be reviewed as they are received.

At Boston CASA, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team and the communities we serve. Boston CASA is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by law. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

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