director of advancement

director of advancement

About the Children's Trust

The Children’s Trust is on a mission to stop child abuse. For more than thirty years, the organization has been developing and implementing evidence-based models, training programs, and strategies that are executed by more than one hundred community-based agencies across Massachusetts. In partnership with the Children’s Trust, funded agencies work hand-in-hand with parents to keep kids safe and healthy. Thorough evaluation, a cornerstone of the Children’s Trust, demonstrates that these programs work.

As advocates for greater investment, stronger quality standards, and improved coordination and collaboration between government and other stakeholders, the Children’s Trust has earned praise from the Pew Charitable Trusts, Tufts University and other program partners. With its outstanding data collection, analysis, and proof of effectiveness, the Children’s Trust is hailed as a model for other states to emulate.

The Children’s Trust seeks to build a stronger movement for child abuse prevention as it looks boldly to the future. Their core philosophy, known as the Protective Factors framework, will continue to serve as a blueprint for deeper collaboration and program expansion. The SAFE Child Communities is an ambitious initiative currently under construction that knits a comprehensive system of care into an empowering support system for Massachusetts kids, the families in which they are raised, and the communities in which they are nurtured. A full preview of programs can be found on the Children’s Trust website by clicking this link.

Led by nationally recognized Executive Director Suzin Bartley, the Children’s Trust has responded to the Covid-19 public health crisis continuing its critical and life-saving work. Within hours of a state-mandated shutdown, this committed and nimble team began conducting virtual home visits and worked tirelessly to deliver essential services. Sarita Rogers, Deputy Director of Programs of the Children’s Trust recently told Boston 25 News that the increased outreach is indicative of a
much larger need for parenting support and though the numbers are startling, “it’s encouraging. It means families are doing their best to get help, especially without their usual support system while in quarantine.”

Stories of the families who partner with the Children’s Trust and community agencies are at the heart of our mission and the best way to illustrate our work. Please read here to meet a handful of the families who are forging paths to success.

The Director of Advancement Opportunity

The Children’s Trust seeks an entrepreneurial, results-driven, and experienced leader who will drive the next chapter of the Children's Trust’s fundraising program. A member of the Children’s Trust’s executive leadership team, the Director of Advancement (DOA) will ensure integration between the people, partnerships, and systems needed to meet the organization’s fundraising goals and advance the Children's Trust’s mission.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the DOA will set bold fundraising targets and effectively lead development staff to successfully meet those goals. This includes a plan for strategic growth through individual, institutional (foundations and public agencies), corporate, and special event fundraising. The DOA will serve as an ambassador for the Children’s Trust by effectively inspiring, educating, and engaging a diverse stakeholder community in service of the mission.

The Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be an experienced fundraiser with the knowledge and skills needed to meet or exceed an ambitious plan for growth. The Children’s Trust seeks a candidate with a proven record of motivating, artfully leading, and deploying colleagues and Board members to support fundraising efforts. An innate ability to be flexible and adapt to a dynamic funder landscape will help the candidate to set successful strategies and deliver on fundraising targets for themselves and their team.

The Director of Advancement will serve as a critical member of the Children’s Trust executive team. The incumbent will design and execute the strategy around a funding model that incorporates traditional fundraising elements—namely corporate, foundation and federal partnerships, individual giving, and special events, alongside creative and efficient new models of resource development.

The ideal candidate will bring energy and enthusiasm to the Children’s Trust and be eager to collaborate with senior leaders and the Executive Director, building and strengthening relationships with key current and prospective stakeholders, including Board members, corporate partners, regional funders, policymakers, elected officials, and other influential individuals across broad sectors. The candidate will possess a track record of building and sustaining excellent relationships at multiple levels internally and externally and must demonstrate emotional intelligence, cultural sensitivity, and a deep respect for the communities and partners that the organization works with.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Partner with the Executive Director and Board members to design and implement fundraising plans that will significantly expand philanthropic giving to the Children’s Trust;
  • Lead the Development team (3 FTE) to identify, cultivate, and steward strategic relationships with a diverse array of funders to meet or exceed a current $1.5M fundraising plan;
  • Personally cultivate and solicit a portfolio of key individual and institutional supporters expanding the reach of the Children’s Trust;
  • Engage the Board of Directors as fundraising partners, efficiently leveraging their time, talent, and generosity;
  • Alongside the Executive Director, act as a representative and spokesperson with funding partners and prospects to engage, solicit, and steward new partners;
  • Drive forward a stable program of special event fundraising to a program that includes robust leadership giving, corporate and foundation giving, and a digital strategy to capture new audiences;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Communications to grow an effective and powerful strategy for e-fundraising, direct response, and other brand awareness opportunities.
Organizational Leadership:
  • Design and execute clear, achievable team fundraising goals, and ensure staff have resources, access, and professional development opportunities to perform at high levels; 
  • Serve as the Children’s Trust fundraising leader and guide for colleagues who can be ambassadors of the Children's Trust’s ambitious advancement goals; 
  • Utilize a data-driven approach to effectively identify potential donors to expand the Children's Trust’s circle of influence and fundraising efforts; 
  • Lead the expansion of development-specific strategies for fundraising and stewardship that can be applied across the entire organization; 
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the complexities of child abuse in order to proactively respond to opportunities and challenges, and position the Children’s Trust as a leading solutions provider and thought leader.
Board Partnership & Cultivation:
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Board Chair, Advancement Committee and
    45-person Board of Directors to set and meet fundraising goals and objectives;
  • Alongside the Executive Director, identify and cultivate new Board members;
  • Report regularly to key stakeholders keeping all apprised of real-time fundraising results against goals;
  • Represent the Children’s Trust at major events and conferences.
Skills & Attributes:
  • At least 6–8 years of experience building sophisticated partnerships and alliances, primarily
    with individuals, corporate, foundation, and/or government funding partnerships; 
  • A personal commitment to diversity and inclusion with a demonstrated interest in and passion for supporting people within communities that are often overlooked;
  • Proven experience raising philanthropic capital needed to enhance revenue models which lead to longer-term sustainability and investments in programs;
  • Significant experience pitching, presenting, and engaging audiences, leveraging metrics to demonstrate return on investment;
  • Excellent persuasive communication skills both written and oral;
  • Leadership experience in creating and executing development strategy involving multiple departments and teams throughout an organization;
  • Demonstrated skills in team management with an eye toward coaching, developing, and empowering staff to perform at the highest levels;
  • Ability to inspire the Board of Directors to be fundraising ambassadors who are invested in
    the process;
  • Highly organized with a systems-minded and data-driven approach;
  • Professional maturity and a high EQ;
  • A desire to promote a fundraising cultural change, leveraging opportunities and collaboration, while maintaining positivity and a sense of humor.

The Director of Advancement opportunity will require participation in evening / weekend obligations as needed.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a current resume and statement of interest to Mary Gene Clavin at

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please click here to read more about the Children’s Trust stand on racism.