Director of Development/Major Gifts Officer

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. MIRA now raises about $2 million per year, and 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, versatile, ambitious and dynamic, 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 a strategy for MIRA’s fundraising and launch a major new fundraising campaign;
  • Identify and cultivate major private donors; implement effective donor stewardship practices for existing donors; and leverage supporters’ networks to further expand MIRA’s donor base;
  • Develop and implement campaigns to grow specific types of support, including recurring donors, corporate funders, and family foundations;
  • Organize and staff the Board of Directors’ Development Committee, to strengthen Board engagement in MIRA’s fundraising;
  • Collaborate with the Operations Manager to identify grant funding opportunities, and contribute to grant-writing and reporting as needed;
  • Organize major fundraising events, including the annual Give Liberty a Hand gala and Our Shared Table luncheon, as well as smaller events for highly valued donors and for targeted audiences; this includes direct planning as well as supervision of consultants, volunteers and vendors;
  • Identify and cultivate strategic corporate and public relations and visibility opportunities (e.g. conferences, briefings for funders, and educational workshops);
  • Manage MIRA’s online fundraising (using the Kindful tool), including seasonal and targeted campaigns and support and encouragement of peer-to-peer fundraising;
  • In close collaboration with the Director of Organizing and the Director of Communications, work to ensure that fundraising is seamlessly integrated into all MIRA public activities and communications;
  • Write letters, factsheets and other materials to support fundraising activities;
  • Ensure that all MIRA donors feel valued and cared for, and are engaged in our mission.


  • At least 5 years of professional experience in fundraising and donor development in a nonprofit setting, with at least 2 years in a senior or management position, in an organization raising $2 million + per year;
  • Experience with grant-writing and reporting;
  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing a capital campaign and/or a major gifts program;
  • Experience with online fundraising tools and strategies, and technical ability to use these tools independently;
  • 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.

This position can be 30 hours or full-time. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full benefits.

How to apply:

Please apply online via Workable; you will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter, and after an initial screening, may also be asked to submit a sample of your development writing. For any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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