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Development Director – Citizens for Juvenile Justice

Posted April 20, 2017 in Job Opportunities with No comments

Job Title: Development Director

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Boston, MA

ABOUT CFJJ: Founded in 1994, CfJJ is the leading voice in Massachusetts for systemic reform of the juvenile justice system. We believe that young people in the system and overall public safety are best served by a fair and effective system that recognizes the ways children and young people are different from adults and focuses primarily on their healthy development and rehabilitation. CfJJ is an independent, statewide organization whose work is grounded in research and data. We gather information, conduct policy analysis, prepare reports and fact sheets, and build diverse and powerful coalitions. We use a full range of communication strategies to educate the public and inform decision-makers, including person-to-person meetings, presentations, forums and conferences; traditional and social media; email and our website. We have been recognized for our advocacy work by the Massachusetts Non-Profit Network and were recently selected as a 2017 Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum.

CfJJ’s small, energetic staff consists of its Executive Director (ED), Deputy Director, and four program directors, one of whom also provides support on some operations and development work. We generally have two or three interns (undergraduate or graduate school). CfJJ’s Board includes child advocates, mental health professionals, and other leaders in the public and private sector. Our office is in downtown Boston, readily accessible to public transportation. CfJJ’s budget is supported by foundation grants, organizational members, individual donations, and sponsorships and proceeds from events.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: CfJJ has gone through an exciting period of growth over the last five years, increasing its staff and the scope of its work. We are seeking an energetic and strategic development professional to help us sustain and expand our development efforts, broaden our impact, and elevate our presence in the community. Working closely with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director will lead CfJJ’s development efforts, helping the staff and Board of Directors to implement an agenda for growth. The position will be responsible for developing and executing CfJJ’s overall development plan, including soliciting and cultivating donors, members, and sponsors for CfJJ events; researching and writing grant proposals and assisting with grant reporting; and managing CfJJ’s direct appeals.


  • Work with the ED to plan and execute CfJJ’s long-term development goals, including indentifying and cultivating new individual, organizational, corporate and foundation supporters for CfJJ’s work;
  • Plan and execute all aspects of CfJJ’s annual development campaigns (annual appeal, individual and organizational membership drive, and event sponsorship) using Salesforce, including preparing and coordinating the mailing of appeals;
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with new and renewing individual donors, members, foundation supporters and event sponsors;
  • Research and identify grant opportunities and prepare grant proposals and reports;
  • Plan and execute CfJJ’s annual Leadership Celebration, including soliciting sponsors, managing the venue, vendors, registration, and marketing for the event;
  • Work closely with the Board Subcommittee devoted to Development to engage the Board in development efforts;
  • Work with the staff to create CfJJ marketing and development materials and to update and maintain our website, email and social media presence as needed;
  • Work with other CfJJ staff to generate ideas for and execute other types of communications or fundraising activities to advance CfJJ’s advocacy agenda and community presence;
  • Ensure that development activities comply with applicable law; and
  • Assist other staff as needed in planning and executing smaller CfJJ events throughout the year, including Juvenile Justice Forums, stakeholder meetings, and conferences.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have most or all of the following attributes:

  • A minimum of 5 to 7 years of fundraising experience, including demonstrated success with individual donor cultivation, event planning, and grant-writing.
  • Demonstrated ability developing and carrying out a development plan for a growing organization;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skill, including experience writing successful grant proposals and reports;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including demonstrated success with personal solicitations and individual donor cultivation and stewardship;
  • Experience using Salesforce for development purposes;
  • Experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors;
  • Capacity to pay close attention to detail while juggling multiple tasks;
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in cooperation with other staff members;
  • A strong orientation to justice and equity, a sense of humor, and a willingness to work in a highly collaborative work environment; and
  • A passion for CfJJ’s mission and agenda.




To apply, please send an email to cfjj@cfjj.org with the subject line “Development Director application” and attach (1) a letter describing your interest in and experience relevant to this position; (2) your resume or CV; (3) a grant proposal, letter of intent, or other example of a written fundraising piece prepared solely by you; and (4) names and contact information for 3 references. Applications will not be considered until all of the above materials have been submitted. CfJJ is an equal opportunity employer.


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