Director of Development


Executive Director


The French Cultural Center (formerly known as The French Library) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution in Boston’s Back Bay devoted to the teaching of the French language and to the understanding and appreciation of the cultures of France and other French-speaking countries. The Center is not affiliated with any government, and receives no meaningful government funding. The Center, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, has more than 1,300 paying members. Each year, more than 1,000 children, teens and adults take French language courses at the Center. A core base of dedicated trustees, donors and friends support the Center annually.
The Center is launching two new initiatives to enhance its financial stature and to elevate its profile in the Boston cultural community. Both efforts entail reaching out to charitable foundations, corporate sponsors and new individual donors, as well as enhancing the participation of existing donors.
The first initiative is a capital campaign to finance the renovation of the Center’s headquarters at 53 Marlborough Street. The second initiative is to increase annual giving for the Center’s cultural programming and operations.
The Director of Development will be responsible for managing the new initiatives, as well as for overseeing the Center’s recurring annual fundraising activities. These activities include an annual gala wine dinner and an annual appeal, as well as smaller fundraising activities during the year.
The Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director and key members of the Board of Trustees, and will have assistance from the Membership Manager (who is a direct report).


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that includes individual donors, corporations, foundations and other sources. The strategy will recognize the divergent motivations that differing funding sources have, and will devise messaging strategies accordingly. Identify and qualify new leads for fundraising sources; determine the most effective means of establishing contacts.
  • Have primary responsibility for developing and executing all proposals, including letters, marketing materials, grant applications, etc.
  • Archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach.
  • Oversee annual fundraising efforts, including the annual gala event and the annual campaign.
  • Guide the creation of a “development mentality” among staff members and trustees.
  • Supervise the Membership Manager with an eye toward expanding the membership base and toward evolving existing members toward higher levels of commitment to the Center.
  • Maintain and monitor all donor information; present relevant analysis to Executive Director, appropriate staff members and trustees. Report regularly on the progress of the development program.
  • Attend all management and board meetings, as requested.
  • Oversee creation of the annual report.
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred. Study in France a plus.
  • Working knowledge of the French language, and an appreciation for French culture (fluency or near-fluency is a major plus).
  • At least five years of demonstrable success in raising funds for a non-profit organization from a mix of foundations, corporations and private donors.
  • At least one year of writing successful grant applications for a nonprofit organization.
  • The confidence and professional poise to make significant asks on behalf of a cultural institution.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Ability to translate the Center’s fundraising goals into eloquent and convincing requests that appeal to donors who have affection for France, the French language and francophone cultures, or who are otherwise inclined to support cultural programming.
  • Competence with fundraising software, prospect research tools and Microsoft Office.
  • Highly motivated; resourceful; ability to work independently and as a team player; can manage multiple tasks and projects at a time; exceptional attention to detail.
  • Candidate must be authorized to work in the U.S.


Benefits include health and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance.


May 1st, 2017.


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