Director of Development


The French Cultural Center (“the Center”) of Boston is seeking a dynamic Director of Development to take charge of all fundraising efforts and to accelerate the transformation of this venerable institution into an innovative leader in French language education and culture. The successful candidate will wield significant influence throughout the organization in fostering a culture of fundraising excellence, and in shaping the Center’s communications, marketing and outreach activities. 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 Director of Development will assume leadership of all aspects of the Center’s fundraising and membership development efforts. Specifically, the Director of Development will:
  • Foster a culture of fundraising excellence by setting high standards for performance and continuous improvement, and by coaching team members in effective fundraising techniques and creative implementation of strategy;
  • Organize and lead a $5 million capital campaign (with already-committed support from existing trustees) to finance renovation of the Center’s flagship building;
  • Review, restructure and integrate all ongoing fundraising efforts, comprising the annual campaign and individual targeted projects, including the Center’s Mosaïque and Accent on Success campaigns;
  • Establish an ongoing effort to identify and solicit foundations and other grant-making institutions that have programs relevant to funding of the Center’s mission;
  • Implement the Center’s newly established planned-giving program;
  • Oversee the design and messaging of all events and marketing materials relevant to fundraising and membership development, including special events, gala dinners, receptions, letters, brochures, direct mail, etc.;
  • Supervise the Membership Manager with the dual goals of expanding membership and of evolving existing members toward higher levels of commitment to the Center;
  • Oversee all aspects of the fundraising database, including production of monthly reports for the Executive Director and Board of Trustees;
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, other department and committee heads, and the Board of Trustees to broaden the Center’s outreach activities to potential members, donors, sponsors and partners;
  • Oversee creation of the annual report.


The Director of Development will report directly to the Executive Director. The Director of Development will supervise two positions – the Development Officer and the Membership Manager – and will have support from other department heads, most relevantly the Director of Marketing, Cultural Affairs Manager, and the Events Manager.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in communications or management preferred.
  • At least 7- 10 years of robust development experience in a noteworthy educational and/or cultural institution. Concrete evidence of fundraising success, with a proven record of completing capital campaigns, verifiable via reference checks.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; exceptional emotional intelligence, and the ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Leadership and strong management skills, with the ability to coach and mentor team members.
  • While the position does not require French fluency, the candidate must have an appreciation for French culture, some competency with the language and be willing to advance her/his mastery of the language through study at the Center.
  • Exceptional attention to detail; competence with fundraising software and prospect research tools highly desired.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


Base salary: Commensurate with experience, proven success and familiarity of the Boston development network of professionals. Annual bonus based on attainment of goals. 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 21, 2017.


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