Development & Communications Manager

Position type: Full time, in-person

Location: Cambridge, MA

Salary: $65,000-$70,000 per year

Apply by: Submit resume and cover letter to Dr. Kimbery Massenburg at by December 31, 2020.


The Development & Communications Manager leads the internal and external fundraising and communication activities at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House (MFNH). The ideal candidate is passionate about serving the Cambridge community and will work in collaboration with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and colleagues to help the MFNH meet its mission and strategic goals. A strategic thinker with prior experience in corporate fundraising in a non-profit setting, this individual will identify and implement resource-effective fundraising and communication plans that advance the House’s mission and secure funding to support the House’s work. A consummate communicator, this individual will also be a team player, partner, and mentor for staff and volunteers.

The Development & Communications Manager is responsible for fundraising to support the services and priorities of MFNH; implementing a cross-channel communications plan to raise awareness, reach new audiences and donors, and increase overall philanthropic support and public attendance; supporting the priorities and goals of the Executive Director; and working with the Board of Directors to establish long-term fundraising goals and campaigns.


The Development & Communications Manager is a member of the MFNH Management team who reports to the Executive Director and works closely with Sr. Director of Programs and Director of Finance & Business Operations.



  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, create an annual development/fundraising plan with targeted goals, objectives, methods, quantifiable outcomes, and timelines 
  • Identify, cultivate, and lead the solicitation of corporate donors for multi-year commitments with assistance from the Executive Director and Board of Directors as needed
  • Solicit individual gifts and donations through direct appeals, campaigns, and donor cultivation
  • Help the MGNH Management Team secure general operating funds and program grants including drafting grant proposals and reports
  • Optimize the MFNH database to track and implement donor cultivation and communication, grant and donor reporting, and programmatic funding requirements
  • Assist with developing and managing annual special events including the Champions Breakfast, Sweet Soul Evening Gala, and the Turkey Drive
  • Participate in fundraising training and assist with integrating MFNH Board members and staff team into the fundraising strategies
  • Oversee the successful integration of community volunteers for special events and key relationships with local corporations


  • In partnership with the MFNH staff and Board Development Committee, implement a cross-channel annual marketing plan to support the MFNH mission and annual development/fundraising goals
  • Write and design external communications to promote events, fundraising campaigns, public services, and news across social media, blog and website, email, press and news media, and print mail
  • Maintain the MFNH website, blog, and e-newsletters
  • Work in partnership with the Executive Director to grow positive awareness of the organization and strengthen its reputation within the community
  • Assist with the promotion of MFNH rental space
  • Assist with the cultivation of civic organizations, corporations, foundations and local business representatives via presentations, tours and volunteerism
  • Assist with the development of MFNH Annual Report
  • Assist with managing MFNH volunteer base


  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 3-5 years of experience in non-profit development or fundraising
  • 3-5 years of experience in non-profit corporate fundraising
  • Previous experience soliciting and closing 5- and 6-figure gifts 
  • Previous experience working on a capital campaign preferred but not required
  • Previous experience with database management and tracking
  • Previous experience with nonprofit and donor communications including but not limited to letters, annual appeals, social media, email, and web writing
  • Design, photography, or video experience preferred
  • Familiarity with the Cambridge or Greater Boston area non-profit environment preferred but not required
  • Experienced using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as well as Network for Good or other donor databases
  • High energy, outgoing, team player, and a passion for MFNH mission is essential
  • Exceptional organizational, time management, and group motivation skills 
  • Commitment to collaboration within a small and passionate team 


The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House (MFNH) was founded in 1902 as a settlement house to provide services to help immigrants assimilate into American culture. The settlement movement was a reformist social movement that began in the 1880s in England and the United States with the goal of getting the rich and poor to live more closely together in an interdependent community. Located in the historic birthplace and residence of celebrated feminist, author, and transcendentalist, Margaret Fuller, the house has stood as a beacon of hope and acceptance for thousands of Cambridge and Greater Boston’s most vulnerable residents for more than 100 years. For more than a century, the House has worked with generations of families in The Port, one of the most diverse communities in Cambridge. Today, the MFNH serves as a critical resource for more than 4,000 people a year. We provide support and integrated services to some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in Cambridge and beyond—all from our historic home on Cherry Street