Director of Development

Silver Lining Mentoring

Posted: 2/14/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Youth Development

City: Boston

Postal code: 02111

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

Silver Lining Mentoring empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. We are the only mentoring organization in Massachusetts, and one of the few in the country, exclusively focused on youth impacted by foster care.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Director of Development (DoD) serves as a key senior leadership team member and an active strategic decision maker at Silver Lining Mentoring.  The DoD has an extraordinary opportunity to build the capacity of a dynamic organization poised for significant growth. The DoD will be a strategic and thoughtful leader who will oversee all fundraising and communications activities.  The DoD will create and implement a strategy to diversify Silver Lining’s funding base, raise its profile in the communities we serve, build a constituency of committed and informed supporters, and attract a sustainable funding base to help Silver Lining scale its impact and realize its strategic goals.  The DoD will work with the Executive Director, board and development team to create and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include individual giving, corporate giving, grants, and special events. The DoD will foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization and create a donor relations strategy that nurtures loyalty through a comprehensive relationship-building program including cultivation and communication of Silver Lining’s mission, vision and services.  The DoD reports directly to the Executive Director and will supervise the development team of approximately 2-4 staff who are directly responsible for grant writing, event logistics, communications, volunteer recruitment and database oversight. As a member of the executive leadership team, the DoD will also work closely with the CEO of Silver Lining’s newly established national thought leadership Institute, as well as Silver Lining’s Deputy Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives. 


Leadership and Strategy

  • Design and implement a comprehensive plan with specific and measurable revenue and non-revenue goals related to cultivating individual, corporate, foundation, event and volunteer philanthropic support.
  • Oversee research of funding sources and service landscape to position Silver Lining ahead of major funding changes or trends.
  • Work closely with and assist the Board of Directors in their fundraising roles and assist in the identification and recruitment of new Board members.
  • Manage the Board Development & Communications Committee and work closely with this committee to reach fundraising goals.
  • Lead the coordination of board meetings, retreats and onboarding new board members in collaboration with the ED, CEO and board chair.
  • Steer the written and electronic communications, marketing and public relations efforts of the organization in collaboration with the Silver Lining Institute to ensure that key messages are conveyed strategically to a range of audiences including individuals, corporate sponsors, foundation leaders, media sponsors, and government officials.
  • Support Silver Lining’s thought leadership efforts by promoting organizational expertise and participation in external speaking engagement opportunities.
  • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate the current and future development staff, including support for professional development opportunities.
  • Oversee all development, marketing and office systems and procedures including timely and accurate tracking of all development information and database files.
  • Strategically “manage-up” to support the ED and CEO to cultivate and solicit major gifts and grants and steward high priority donor relationships.

Fund Development

  • Expand and diversify Silver Lining’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives.
  • Manage a portfolio of high priority prospects and donors to deepen their connection to Silver Lining and to attract increasing levels of leadership and multi-year support.
  • Maximize the organization’s utilization of donor and prospect records and implementation of communications plan. 
  • Appropriately represent the organization, its Board and leadership to donors, prospects, development committee(s) and volunteers.
  • Develop relationships and promote active engagement with corporations to effectively leverage philanthropic, volunteer and in-kind corporate support.
  • Work with Development team to design and implement and effective event strategy and then lead and oversee all aspects of Silver Lining’s fundraising events (including Match gala, Rodman Ride, Boston Marathon, etc.).
  • Partner with key volunteer leaders to assist in or lead “friendraising” events (including house parties, Jeffersonian dinners, social issue talks, etc.) as necessary.
  • Oversee the creation and execution of high quality funding proposals and maintain accountability standards to all funders.
  • Present to the Board proposed fiscal fundraising goals and monitor and report on the results at board meetings; assure sound fiscal operation of development function including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of charitable contributions, income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation.



  • Ability to take initiative, construct, articulate, and implement short term and long term strategic development plans.

  • Strong management and supervision skills with ability to coach team to highest potential and maintain accountability for results as well as relationships.
  • Excellent team building skills, with demonstrated ability to lead and motivate in a creative and fast-paced environment.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated results-orientation with proven track record of development success.
  • Effective planning, organizational, and time management skills and keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and adapt to a fluid and evolving program environment.
  • Commitment to social justice and cultural responsiveness.
  • Flexible style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels and backgrounds within and outside Silver Lining Mentoring.
  • People of color and people with personal foster care experience are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Deep commitment to and belief in the mission, vision and values of Silver Lining Mentoring.
  • Minimum of 8 years of professional fundraising experience and at least 3 years of direct supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated success in a development leadership role (managing and forging relationships with multiple funding sources and producing and reporting on charitable contributions).
  • Experience in creating, presenting and implementing fundraising strategic plans.
  • A successful track record of fundraising and in securing $25,000+ donations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Sense of humor required, ability to laugh at oneself preferred.

Silver Lining Mentoring offers a strengths-based collaborative staff team, flexible work environment, accessible office location in downtown Boston, and excellent benefit package with generous vacation. Salary commensurate with experience. Silver Lining Mentoring is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

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How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]



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