Development & Communications Associate

Bread & Roses

Posted: 7/15/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Human Services

City: Lawrence

Postal code: 01840

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M


Mission statement:

Bread & Roses is a community kitchen serving Lawrence, Massachusetts and the greater Merrimack Valley. Founded in 1980, our mission is the nourishing of body and soul to thousands most at-risk with dignity and respect. We strive to meet essential life, health and safety needs of those we serve through evening meals, case management, community food outreach, pantry services and walk-in health services. All in need have access to our services free of charge - regardless their residential, legal or income status. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

FT Hourly 32 hours/week
Temp to Hire
Hourly Rate: $18-$22 - Based on experience
Work Schedule:  Monday - Thursday 10am - 6pm

Work Location: Remote during pandemic, then onsite in Lawrence MA
Reports To: Development & Communication Manager

Summary: The Development & Communications Associate ensures the optimal operation of all aspects of fundraising and communications, primarily by supporting the Development & Communications Manager - occasionally assisting the Executive Director and overall office operation with administrative support. Projects include website content management, donation input, reporting, and acknowledgement, foundation research support, both digital and print newsletters, managing social media accounts, providing support for the annual fundraising appeal (print + digital), and taking a pivotal role in event planning and execution (2 events per year).


Administrative Support 

  • Donor database entry, facilitate weekly donor acknowledgements, run donation reports.

  • Provide phone and email inquiry support.

  • Manage volunteers/interns when relevant.

  • Supporting IT/office management tasks.

  • Responsible for agendas/notes for staff and fundraising committee meetings.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Communications Support

  • Collect, update and manage content for multiple purposes

  • Assist with creating and sending quarterly newsletter and bi-weekly eNews

  • Capture/edit photos, video and anecdotal collateral for website and social media

  • Upload content and maintain website on a bi-weekly basis

  • Contribute to event and campaign communications (emails, invites, programs, etc.)

  • Issue press releases and invite local media to cover programs and events.

  • Share daily program news, events and other content on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Development Support

  • Actively foster and support partnerships with community groups, individuals and businesses for both monetary and in kind donations of goods and services.

  • With guidance from the Development & Communications Manager, support ongoing funding research efforts and funding requests from institutional funders.

  • Supporting monthly development reports to the Board of Directors.

  • Facilitating the Fundraising Committee. Oversee efforts to recruit volunteers,  sponsorships and auction items for the annual comedy benefit (June) and community appreciation night (January). Act as liaison to vendors, volunteers, Board and guests.

  • Support the creation and facilitate the rollout of the Fall Annual Appeal.

Program Support

  • Collect and edit relevant program impact data as requested by the Development & Communications Manager

  • Create surveys, forms, spreadsheets and other tools to effectively track program data metrics.


Required Qualifications

  • B.A. in English, Communications or similar field

  • Experience in event coordination

  • 2-4 years of non profit experience

  • Familiarity with Google Suite, MSWord/Excel, social media, budgets

  • Familiarity with email platforms, such as MailChimp

  • Familiarity with a website CMS, such as Squarespace

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Experience using a database, such as Salesforce

  • Basic graphic design skills, such as Canva or Publisher

  • The ability to work independently and switch gears frequently 

  • Capacity to represent B&R in a friendly and professional way

  • Openness to collaborating with people from all walks of life

  • Enthusiasm for supporting marginalized communities

Desired Skills/Experience

  • Background related to non profit development or communications

  • Familiarity with project management platforms, such as Asana

  • Creative writing background

  • Spanish familiarity is a plus.

  • Ties to the Merrimack Valley and/or Lawrence community is helpful.

  • Experience with funding research and crafting proposals and reports

  • Experience capturing and editing digital photo/video media


Targeted Start Date: September 1, 2020

Permanent position status will be determined after a three-month period.

Benefits include health, two weeks vacation, PTO sick days and holidays.
Benefits would be effective starting immediately.


Less than $60k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Kindly submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Julia D'Orazio at: [email protected]
Subject: Development & Communications Associate

No phone calls, please.


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