Development Officer


The French Cultural Center’s Development Department seeks to hire a Development Officer to assist with a variety of projects, initiatives and events.

Founded in 1945 as the French Library of Boston, the Center is a 501(c)3, membership-based organization housed in a beautiful French Revival townhouse in Boston’s historic Bay. The Center has three areas of activity: French language education for students of all ages, from children to adults, based on close affiliation with the internationally renowned Federation of Alliances Françaises; French-themed artistic and cultural activities throughout the year, including the annual Bastille Day Celebration block party; and a library/médiathèque that houses some 30,000 French-language books, periodicals and electronic media, making it the second-largest private collection in the U.S. The Center recently adopted a new strategy focus with the goal of elevating its visibility in New England, with the eventual aim of building a base for national program offerings.


The Development Officer is responsible for:
  • Assisting with individual/foundation/corporate donor correspondence, including gift acknowledgement letters;
  • Assisting with the planning and paperwork related to fundraising events, donor appreciation events, other VIP receptions and members’ events;
  • Assisting with donor appeal campaigns as well as donor recognition efforts, including the Annual Report project;
  • Assisting with marketing efforts to increase membership.


The Development Officer will report directly to the Director of Development.


  • Fluency in French
  • Native level fluency in English
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to write clearly, concisely and with conviction
  • Polite and persuasive oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional presence
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexible and responsive
  • Takes initiative and demonstrates follow-through
  • Ability to anticipate short-term and long-term needs
  • Ability to handle confidential information with professionalism
  • Advanced user in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Familiarity with database systems required
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.


40 hours per week. Monday through Friday from 9:00A.M. to 5:00P.M. Must be able to work occasional evenings for events and committee meetings


Base salary: $40,000/year with benefits. Benefits: Health and dental coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, term life insurance, paid vacation and sick days, observance of Massachusetts holidays, enrollment in courses offered by the Center, French Cultural Center membership.


August 31, 2017.


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