MISSION: The mission of Cambridge Family & Children's Service is to provide high quality support and advocacy for children, adults and families to develop and nurture safe, permanent relationships and maximize individual growth.
CFCS’s unique continuum of services range from supporting and stabilizing families (through our Family Support & Stabilization (FSS) and Developmental Disabilities Programs (DDP)), strengthening relationships with family and lifelong connections or cultivating new relationships (within Intensive Foster Care (IFC,) Congregate Care Residential Programs, and Independent Living,) to facilitating full legal permanency through our Adoption Services contract.
PURPOSE & SCOPE: Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Advancement (DOA) serves as a key leadership team member. This position, along with the ED, is responsible for all fundraising, marketing, communication and development activities helping to forge new relationships to build CFCS’ visibility, impact, and financial resources. The DOA will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by identifying, cultivating, and stewarding individual and corporate philanthropic support.
Advancement at Cambridge Family and Children’s Service (CFCS):
Focuses on raising financial support and stakeholder awareness to fund programs and projects designed to improve the lives of children, adults and families in our service; to ensure the highest quality programs are available for individuals and families in our community; and to continue to enhance and support identified organizational needs.
Provides opportunities for involvement and engagement with a philanthropic constituency of committed and capable volunteers, and donors.
The DOA will have primary responsibility for establishing an infrastructure, building an advancement team and developing the required strategy to meet the Board approved development budget through the solicitation of major individual gifts, federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support.
The DOA will utilize CFCA’s existing donor database as a foundation for preparing and implementing a plan for enhanced donor cultivation and stewardship. S/he will expand and diversify CFCS’ donor base by working closely with other team members, the Executive Director and Board leadership in order to secure funding for operations, existing programs, and new initiatives. The DOA will work closely with the board of directors and orchestrate opportunities for individual board members to enhance their fundraising skills and philanthropic involvement.
The DOA will work to identify new sources of financial support and to create a high degree of visibility and an enhanced public image for the agency. Subsequently the expectation is that CFCS will strengthen its advancement function and increase its fundraising capacity to augment institutional sustainability.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Working closely with CFCS’s Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Board Development committee, provide leadership to strategically plan and implement fundraising, communications and public relations initiatives to sustain and grow CFCS’s programmatic impact and long term financial strength.
Review the agency’s recent development activities (including events, individual giving, annual fund and grants) and prepare projections and recommendations regarding the most promising avenues for agency growth;
Actively work with the Executive Director and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include individual giving, corporate sponsorship, private foundation and government grants;
Develop and implement a stewardship program, steeped in “best practices” to deeper ties with donors and agency leadership;
Provide oversight and supervision the Assistant Director of Advancement
Oversee the planning and execution of fundraising events, including the annual gala;
Respond to industry trends, with recommendations and actions to effectively utilize agency resources and position it for the best possible outcomes
Monitor donor activity and data; assess and present relevant analysis to board and senior leaders;
Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program.
REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree required, CFRE or Master's degree in a related field preferred;
Minimum of 8 years’ experience in fund development in positions of progressive responsibility;
Ability to articulate, construct, and implement a strategic development plan;
Proven experience in 1:1 donor relationships; including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship;
Demonstrated ability to initiate and develop new partnerships and relationships with volunteers and prospective donors;
Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising and communication initiatives;
Outstanding communication skills, including the capacity to write and speak compellingly and persuasively on behalf of the agency's mission;
Ability to work both independently with minimal oversight; prior supervisory experience required;
Team leader who will productively engage with colleagues at varying levels of seniority at and beyond CFCS;
High energy and passion for CFCS’ mission is essential;
Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail;
Familiarity with the Massachusetts philanthropic landscape preferred;
Computer literacy and competency working with fund raising software.
Clearance of background checks as required by State and Federal Law.
Additional Salary Information: Very competitive benefits package that includes generous time off, employer contribution and matched to retirement account, great health and dental plans, employer paid STD/LTD/Life Insurance and much more.
About Cambridge Family & Children's Service
CFCS provides high quality support and advocacy for children, adults, and families to develop and nurture safe, permanent relationships and maximize individual growth.