Associate, Donor Engagement

The Boston Foundation

Job Description

The Boston Foundation believes that one of the great strengths of the Greater Boston community is the rich diversity of its residents in race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age and physical abilities. The Foundation seeks to enhance and support that diversity, not only by its grant making, but also by adopting and implementing employment policies and practices designed to recognize and respond to such diversity.
The Boston Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experience.
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Job Description

Associate, Donor Engagement

Development and Donor Services

Reports To:
Associate Vice President, Philanthropy

FLSA Classification:
Exempt          FTE: 1


Hybrid Schedule (subject to change):
On-site Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Remote Monday and Friday.

Position Summary: 
Focused on donor engagement of and promoting aligned giving by the Foundation’s donors with an emphasis on advisors to Donor Advised Funds, the Donor Engagement Associate will support the Associate Vice President (AVP) and organize and leverage opportunities for the department to proactively engage donors. This position plays a central role in helping to organize and leverage the Associate Vice President’s impact, both internally and externally. Duties may include assisting with project management, programmatic research and support of donor grantmaking by developing letters and other personalized materials, planning donor outreach activities, organizing nonprofit learning sessions in collaboration with the Program department, and working alongside other members of the Development and Donor Services team to develop donor materials.  The Associate, Donor Engagement needs to be an organized, solutions-oriented, self-directed, and flexible person who will be a committed and contributing team player.
Essential Functions: 
  • Under direction will develop, draft and send monthly e-newsletter and other outreach to the Boston Foundation (TBF) donor community;  
  • Ensure timely and accurate communication on behalf of the AVP, including fulfilling internal and external requests for information;  
  • Strategically manage the AVP’s calendar, including scheduling of meetings and conference calls; 
  • Coordinate, under the guidance of the AVP and in collaboration with other members of the department and across the organization, special donor-focused projects with the goal of donor satisfaction and impactful philanthropy;  
  • Cultivate a portfolio of Donor Advised Fund holders as back-up relationship to AVP’s portfolio;  
  • Collect and compile giving opportunities and nonprofit information to be easily shared across the Development and Donor Services (DDS) department, utilizing the Grants Management System (GMS) system and other knowledge management tools;  
  • Coordinate Presidential acknowledgement process, in collaboration with the President’s Office; 
  • Represent DDS in cross-departmental planning for events, email and mailing coordination; 
  • Maintain prospect, donor and fund records in Salesforce database; ensures timely entry of activities; 
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to implement and uphold data integrity protocols to ensure accurate reporting and inform departmental activities;
  • Prepare and maintain the Donor Services/Relations team’s project files, attend meetings and prepare meeting notes as necessary; and
  • Provide general administrative support to other department team members as requested.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Individuals assigned to this position may perform other duties as assigned.


Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience:
  • College degree or equivalent experience; and
  • 1-3 years office-based administrative experience, preferably in a Development environment.
Skills, Abilities, Competencies:
  • Eagerness and ability to center diversity, equity and inclusion in our work, in line with the Boston Foundation’s New Pathway;
  • Impeccable attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proofreading and editing;
  • Strong customer service orientation;
  • Excellent demonstrated administrative ,organizational and calendar management skills;
  • Participatoryworkstyle;teamplayerandsenseofhumor;abilitytogiveandreceive constructive feedback;
  • Ability to handle confidential matters in a discreet manner;
  • A self-starter with a professionalandmatureinterpersonalstyle,abilitytointeractwellwitha diverse range of people;
  • Strong knowledge of Zoom and Microsoft Office products- especially Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point; 
  • Demonstrated expertise in data management and reporting skills; database experience in Salesforce strongly preferred;
  • A can-do and will-do attitude (i.e. no task is too high-level nor too basic);
  • Ability to work with evolving priorities and timelines;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet organizational deadlines;
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in the non-profit sector, development, and/or non-profit management;
  • Commitment to contributing to an overall organizational culture of learning and wellbeing; 
  • An entrepreneurial spirit eager to build and grow; and
  • Preference for an awareness, understanding, and connection to the Boston community. 


Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • Ability to work at workstation for long periods of time;
  • Ability to work on site and remotely, as required; and
  • Ability to use a keyboard for extended periods of time.

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.