Director of Development

MIRA is looking for a seasoned fundraising professional to develop and implement an ambitious development strategy, with a special focus on growing our base of major donors and sustainers. We need to strengthen our financial foundation to enable us to grow, make a greater impact, and be flexible and adaptable in response to fast-changing conditions.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about our mission, a seasoned development professional with a proven track record of success, and able to effectively engage with a very diverse donor base: from corporate executives and major philanthropists, to community members giving what little they can to a cause they believe in. Strong existing connections are a big plus. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Director of Operations and oversee the Development Coordinator.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a short and long-term development plan to raise the revenue needed to support the organization’s goals and objectives;
  • Develop and implement a major donor strategy and plan, including, but not limited to, identifying and cultivating prospects; donor stewardship practices for existing donors; leveraging supporters’ networks to further expand MIRA’s donor base; event donor programs; and management of all gift processing and donor acknowledgement;
  • Develop and implement campaigns to grow specific types of support, including recurring donors, corporate funders, event sponsorships, annual appeals, and family foundations;
  • Manage MIRA’s online fundraising (using the Kindful tool), including seasonal and targeted campaigns and support and encouragement of peer-to-peer fundraising;
  • Identify new grant opportunities, work collaboratively with the Development Coordinator and the Director of Operations to determine grant funding opportunities, and contribute to grant-writing and reporting as needed;
  • Work collaboratively with Director of Operations and Development Coordinator on major fundraising events, including the annual Give Liberty a Hand gala and Our Shared Table luncheon; and create and implement plan for securing corporate sponsorships;
  • Identify and cultivate strategic corporate and public relations and visibility opportunities (e.g. conferences, briefings for funders, and educational workshops);
  • In close collaboration with the Director of Communications and other Directors, work to ensure that fundraising is seamlessly integrated into all MIRA public activities and communications;
  • Organize and staff the Board of Directors’ Development Committee, to strengthen Board engagement in MIRA’s fundraising.


  • Minimum of 5 years of increasing responsibility in non-profit fundraising;
  • Proven track record of fundraising success, particularly securing major gifts, successfully managing campaigns, and engaging a community of motivated supporters;
  • Working knowledge of development best practices, trends and fundraising tools and technology, including donor databases, e-mail and on-line campaigns, and donor research;
  • Experience with grant-writing and reporting;
  • Knowledge of New England philanthropic and corporate community strongly preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with strict attention to detail;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment, and be a team player;
  • Excellent organizational skills, including a proven ability to manage successful projects and lead teams;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a positive, supportive, enthusiastic attitude;
  • Deep appreciation of MIRA’s mission.

This position will be full-time. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full benefits.

How to apply:

Send your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or apply online via Workable. After an initial screening, you may also be asked to submit a sample of your development writing. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. NO PHONE CALLS, please!

The MIRA Coalition is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Foreign-born individuals, minorities, women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.