Director of Fundraising & Outreach

Job Type
Development/Grant Writing
Metro Housing | Boston
Contact Name
Marie Claire Hamet
Contact Email
Contact Phone

1411 Tremont St
Roxbury, MA
United States

Job Description

Director of Fundraising & Outreach

***Please include a cover letter and writing sample with your resume***


This is a full-time, exempt position.



Metro Housing|Boston is a leading nonprofit dedicated to connecting the residents of Greater Boston with safe, decent homes they can afford. Metro Housing empowers families and individuals to move along the continuum from homelessness to housing stability. Serving more than 30,000 households annually, we work seamlessly to bridge the gaps among government, nonprofits, and corporations to continually increase our impact. With 40 years’ experience piloting and implementing housing programs, we have solidified our position as an industry-leading expert on navigating the affordable housing field.                                                    


“We mobilize wide-ranging resources to provide innovative and personalized services that lead families and individuals to housing stability, economic security and an improved quality of life.”


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Fundraising & Outreach is responsible for creating and providing leadership to comprehensive and cost-effective fundraising and volunteer programs, encompassing annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, special events, and other initiatives to attract maximum support from Metro Housing’s volunteer and donor constituency of individuals, businesses, and foundations.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


The statements below are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Develop and implement annual and long-range plans for annual giving, special events, major individual giving, foundation grants, corporate solicitations, general campaigns, and volunteer management;
  • Develop an annual business plan and multi-year strategic objectives for major gift fundraising that incorporate elements of prospect identification, research, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and recognition;
  • Working with the Executive Director, provide leadership in developing the Board of Directors as a funding source and strengthening the ability of board members to participate in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors;
  • Manage processes for identifying and researching potential sources of gift support including board members, individuals, corporations, and foundations. Plan and administer efforts designed to secure funding from such sources;
  • Personally participate in the ongoing cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift prospects, including managing a personal portfolio of prospects and donors, as well as portfolios of board members, the Executive Director, and other members of the senior management team;
  • Serve as a resource to the Board of Directors, Fundraising and Outreach Committee, and any other groups engaged in fundraising activities and, with the Executive Director, approve any fundraising activity not included in the annual work plan;
  • Prepare periodic and annual reports to the Executive Director and Board, contributors, and other funding sources reporting on the effectiveness and achievements of fundraising programs;
  • Oversee the procedures and programs by which gifts are recorded and acknowledged, donors are recognized, and accurate financial records and files are maintained. Ensure proper acceptance, allocation, and recognition of gifts in accordance with IRS and donor requirements;
  • Supervise organization’s volunteer engagement and management efforts and lead efforts to move volunteers to donors;
  • Develop the organization’s planned giving program through identification of prospective gift sources, providing gift planning services to donors and their professional advisors (as appropriate) and conducting programs that build awareness of the financial, tax, and estate planning benefits of planned giving;
  • Participate in Metro Housing’s management team and cultivate an understanding of the organizational goals and strategies of the organization in order to effectively communicate funding priorities to donors and the general community;
  • Support the efforts of the management team engaged in resource development (e.g., applying for government contracts);
  • Supervise Fundraising & Outreach staff, monitoring performance and providing ongoing feedback; support career efforts; conduct periodic performance evaluations; conduct periodical individual and/or group staff meetings; 
  • Act as resource for staff; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 7+ years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in major gifts, corporate and individual giving, and monthly giving programs;
  • Experience with foundation relations, grant writing, and strategic stewardship activities;
  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team; 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at one time and produce superior work on deadline;
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time; 
  • Demonstrated success closing five and six figure gifts;
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic fundraising plan and volunteer engagement plan;
  • Flexible and adaptable style; 
  • A leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; 
  • Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail;
  • High energy and passion for Metro Housing’s mission is essential;
  • Customer and donor focus;
  • High degree of comfort working in a small, fast-paced shop that encompasses a diverse, high-functioning team;
  • Experience working with diverse, low-income populations; and
  • Familiarity with the Boston and Massachusetts philanthropic community preferred.


  • Candidates with previous non-profit or public service/government experience.
  • Candidates with multilingual skills (verbal and written). We are seeking candidates that speak and write English and at least one of the following languages (for interpreting and translation): Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese, and Spanish. 


Most benefits are available on your first day of work with Metro Housing | Boston. These benefits currently include:

Your and your family’s health

  • Health and dental coverage on a pre-tax basis;
  • Eye Med Vision plan on a pre-tax basis;
  • Medical and dependent care reimbursement account;
  • Company paid life and AD&D insurance and long-term disability;
  • Free, confidential Employee Assistance Program;
  • Voluntary life, accident, critical illness and cancer insurance.

Work/life balance

  • Generous vacation, sick, and personal time;
  • 13 paid holidays per year;
  • Paid new parent leave;
  • Flexible schedules (when available).

Retirement plan

  • 403(b) plan with a company match.

Career growth

  • Tuition reimbursement program;
  • Internal promotions encouraged.




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