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Donor Relations & Events Manager

Massachusetts Bar Foundation
Job Title: Donor Relations & Events Manager
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June 14th, 2019
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About the MBF:

Founded in 1964, the MBF is the philanthropic partner of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Through its grantmaking and charitable activities, the MBF works to increase access to justice for all in Massachusetts and to support programs that improve the administration of justice across the commonwealth.  Our core activities include both grantmaking and fundraising. Last year, the MBF awarded almost $3 million in grants to support initiatives that provide critical legal aid to individuals and families in need, foster ideas that improve the administration of justice, promote careers in public interest law, and introduce young people to the infinite possibilities of our legal system. 

Position Overview:

The MBF seeks an experienced, energetic professional who wants to help strengthen a philanthropic community of lawyers and judges dedicated to supporting equal access to justice in Massachusetts. Working closely with the Executive Director, the incumbent will be responsible for leading and monitoring the MBF’s annual fundraising campaigns, planning and executing special events for donors and grant recipients, and managing donor and external communications.  This position also includes, among other things, the opportunity to work with the MBF’s grantmaking programs.


Fundraising - Manage the MBF’s fundraising programs, including:

  • Updating the MBF’s existing fundraising strategy with new ideas and best practices to expand our donor community and resources for the foundation.
  • Deepening relationships with our current donors and conducting outreach to recruit new donors.
  • Planning and executing all aspects of fundraising campaigns, including preparing messaging and materials (both online and in print).
  • Processing all contributions, including coordinating with accounting, issuing gift receipts, preparing gift acknowledgements, maintaining data and donor records, and preparing progress reports for the Trustees.

Special Events and Meetings - Plan and execute special events and meetings, including the annual meeting, board meetings, grantee recognition events, fundraising galas, receptions and others as assigned. This position will:

  • Manage all vendor relations, invitations, logistical arrangements and budgets, and publicity for each event.
  • Work with Board and staff to identify award candidates, speakers, and honorees. Once identified, coordinate all aspects of their participation in the event.

Communications - Lead the MBF’s communications and public relations activities to increase the visibility and awareness of MBF activities both within the legal community and beyond. Communications responsibilities include:

  • Creating content for MBF messaging in outreach materials, social media, and website.
  • Composing letters, talking points, and speeches for MBF outreach.
  • Presenting MBF’s work to external groups as requested.

Grants - Provide support to the MBF’s grant making activities by assisting in grantee monitoring and administrative management of both pre- and post-award activities, including:

  • Organizing applications and preparing materials for review committees.
  • Attending and providing logistical support to review committee meetings.
  • Conducting periodic site visits to grantees to gain a deep knowledge and to report on their activities and the communities they serve.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting and including fundraising and special events.
  • An interest in social justice, legal services, and the public interest sector.
  • Outstanding project management skills--must be able to prioritize, plan, and manage multiple projects simultaneously with high attention to detail.
  • Superior communication skills. Ability to speak clearly and persuasively, with the utmost diplomacy and discretion, in diverse settings.
  • Exceptional writing skills, including the ability to compose clear, concise pieces for various applications, such as for social media, press releases, speeches, newsletters, and correspondence.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to: work collaboratively and support volunteer involvement, and build relationships with trustees, volunteers, and donors.
  • Flexibility--able to work well independently, as well as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment.
  • Advanced computer skills with particular strength in MS Office, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Proficiency using database applications. Graphic design, Adobe InDesign, and website development experience helpful. Eagerness to maintain currency with changing technology is essential.
  • Availability to attend occasional evening meetings and events. Driver’s license required.
  • Physical ability to work regular hours in the MBF office is essential.

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation offers a competitive salary range and benefits package. All employment is on an at will basis. To apply, please send a cover letter, including salary requirements, and resume to HR Manager, Massachusetts Bar Foundation via email with a subject line of “MBF Donor Relations” to:  careers@massbar.orgPlease combine cover letter and resume into one file. Please include your name as the file name. The MBF is an EEO/AAA employer.

Deadline for applications:  June 14, 2019.       No telephone inquiries please.

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Phone: 617.426.2606
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