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Boston Debate League hiring Director of Development
« on: June 23, 2014, 09:26:38 PM »
The Boston Debate League seeks a visionary Director of Development (DoD) to create and implement a strategic development plan that will expand the BDL’s external relationships and grow their financial resources to support ambitious programmatic expansion. This is a great opportunity to introduce the Boston community and beyond to the BDL’s mission of school transformation and student empowerment. 
Reporting directly to and working closely with the Executive Director (ED), the DoD will play a critical role in the growth of this organization. This person will set the vision for how the BDL builds and maintains relationships in the community with existing and new donors, volunteers, corporations, and others within Boston’s education, public and private sectors. In addition, this individual will be a significant member of the senior leadership team, working closely with BDL staff and the Board of Directors.
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated history of success in leading a team to achieve ambitious goals in fundraising or a fundraising campaign, and/or sales or sales-oriented roles, and will bring an understanding of and eagerness to developing partnerships in Boston. The DoD will be a thought partner to the ED in identifying and fostering key relationships in the BDL’s engagement strategy and increasing public awareness and understanding of the value of debate in urban education and the role of the BDL in the Boston public schools through an effective marketing, communication, and public relations strategy.
The Director of Development position is full-time and will offer the opportunity to manage a team of three highly capable development professionals which include a Corporate Relations Manager, Grants Manager, and Volunteer Coordinator as well as some supervision of an Administrative Associate.

Opportunities and Challenges:
The Director of Development will be responsible for and engaged in the following opportunities and challenges:

Relationship Building and Stewardship:
•   Create the infrastructure to develop and steward strategic relationships with current and prospective donors and other stakeholders that support the BDL’s mission.
•   Develop a volunteer to donor pipeline and supervise the Corporate Relations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator in the implementation of volunteer recruitment and stewardship.
•   Support the Corporate Relations Manager in the cultivation of sustainable relationships with corporations, associations, and other potential giving entities in Boston.
•   Identify key organizational and individual relationships for the Executive Director to develop and steward.
•   Cultivate a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.

•   Diversify the BDL revenue streams, particularly focusing on raising funds from individuals, foundations and corporate partners.
•   Develop and implement a strategic plan for external engagement, including financial reporting, prospect research, and donor/prospect record-keeping.
•   Supervise a full-time Grant Writer and help develop a grant application process and identify local and national grant opportunities in collaboration with the Grant Writer and the ED.
•   Engage with members of the BDL Board of Directors, current donors, allies, and stakeholders to cultivate lasting giving relationships and to identify new donor opportunities.
•   Develop and oversee multiple budgets, including grant budgets related to public and private foundations, as well as those for communication and marketing.

Communication, Marketing, and Public Relations:
•   Design and implement the strategy for communication and branding for the BDL, including the website, social media, public relations messages, and collateral materials to consistently present the BDL’s mission.
•   Supervise an Administrative Associate who will assist in the implementation of communication strategy.
•   Pursue with rigor opportunities to promote the mission and programs of the BDL.

Senior Leadership and Strategic Vision:
•   Engage significantly in the strategic planning process in collaboration with the BDL staff and stakeholders to develop an ambitious 3-5 year strategic plan and serve as a leader in its implementation.
•   Participate as an active member of the senior leadership team, which includes the Director of After-School Programs, Director of Evidence-Based Argumentation, and Director of Operations and work closely with the Executive Director to guide and manage the growth and direction of the BDL.
•   Work with the Board of Directors to develop a strong culture of participation and engagement with the BDL stakeholders and advise on effective board governance regarding fundraising, organizational growth, and communication.
•   Prepare detailed reports of activity and progress toward goals for review by the ED and Board of Directors on a regular basis.

Qualifications for an Ideal Candidate:
•   7+ years of relevant experience in sales, fundraising, relationship management or business development.
•   An energetic and dedicated professional who has a proven record of achieving ambitious growth goals through excellent planning, marketing, and implementation skills.
•   A sophisticated relationship builder who can clearly communicate the mission of the BDL by demonstrating its values, achievements, activities, and potential.
•   A self-starter who uses an entrepreneurial approach to build and guide an external engagement plan and has the ability to reach out to a broader community to cultivate resources that support the mission of the BDL.
•   An effective manager who is responsible for both the big picture strategy as well as the hands on implementation of that strategy.
•   A demonstrated ability to work with both board members and volunteers to provide strong support and inspire them to productive action.
•   Exceptional interpersonal and superior written and oral presentation skills.
•   A strong work ethic and enthusiasm for a fast-paced work environment within a growing non-profit organization.
•   Demonstrated passion for urban education, education reform, and the success of young people within an urban education environment.
•   A sense of humor.
•   Strong preference for candidates familiar with the Boston philanthropic community.
•   Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
•   Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience and skills.
To Apply:
Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with a detailed cover letter outlining how skills and experience demonstrate an ability to meet the challenges and opportunities of this position, should be forwarded in Word or PDF format to:

Veronica Switzer
Talent Acquisition Manager
Boston Debate League
31 State Street, 10th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
617.936.3378 (office)
Electronic submission of materials is strongly preferred.

The Boston Debate League is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The BDL values having a diverse staff that reflects the experiences and backgrounds of the students and teachers it serves.

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